PLYMOUTH -- A balk is a balk is a balk.
Marian relief pitcher Reed Lewis was called for a balk with two outs, a runner on third, and the score tied in the eighth inning to allow Culver Military (13-6) to pull out a 6-5 victory over the Knights (14-12) Friday in the Class 3-A Plymouth Sectional baseball tournament.
In all, three balks were called in the game. Also, two were called in Thursday's Plymouth-Glenn contest.
In Friday's other game, Jimtown (17-7) shut down New Prairie (12-13), 3-0.
That action set the table for the sectional semifinals Monday. At 11 a.m., South Bend St. Joseph takes on Glenn. Jimtown and Culver Military play at 1. The championship game is set for 7:30.
Culver Military 6, Marian 5: Tied at 3 after seven innings, Marian scored a pair in the top of the eighth. The Eagles had a challenge ahead of them.
"Our message never changed," said CMA coach Kurt Christiansen. "We have a positive approach: One pitch at a time; one at-bat at a time. Everyone knew we needed baserunners."
And baserunners they got.
Perley Provost opened the inning with a single. Colin Dean singled, sending Provost to third. A fielder's choice plated one run. Colin Raver doubled, putting runners on second and third. A fielder's choice tied the game again, moving Raver to third with two outs.
Timeout? Nope. Balk. Game over.
According to Marian coach Joe Turnock, he hollered for a timeout to home plate umpire Christian Flores. Turnock said Lewis thought time had been called, so he broke contact with the rubber.
No time had been granted.
"We wanted to put (CMA hitter Drew Schroeder) on first base (with an intentional walk)," Turnock said. "I asked for time, but never got it."
There was no hesitation in the call.
"It's a bitter pill to swallow," Turnock said. "After we had a two-run lead (heading into the eighth), it's unfortunate."
"That's a really tough way to lose," Christiansen said. "I never saw that one before."
Tied at 1 heading into the fifth, Culver Military plated two runs. An RBI single by Kyle Bartleman and an infield out accounted for the advantage.
Marian rallied in the top of the sixth -- shortly after the water sprinklers were inadvertently activated, stunning the crowd and the players. A couple CMA errors helped light the fire. Tim McMahon, who had three hits in the game, and pinch-hitter Gabe Douglass delivered run-scoring singles to tie the game at 3.
Marian drew first blood in the eighth. Vince Ravotto laid down a perfect squeeze bunt to push the go-ahead run across. A little later, ironically, McMahon scored when winner Shane Comiskey was called for a balk.
|Marian||010||002||02 -- 5 10 1|
|CMA||001||020||03 -- 6 6 2|