Sports Talk: Circling the bases the Evan Brockmeier way
Actor Nicholas Cage’s character Cameron Poe in “Con Air” cracked a funny line when after observing a Corvette Stingray attached to a flying airplane, he said, “On any other day, that might seem strange.”
The same can also be said about the first of Marietta College’s three runs scored in the bottom of the fourth inning in Game 2 of its Community Day baseball doubleheader against Baldwin-Wallace at Don Schaly Stadium Saturday.
The two-time national defending champion Pioneers are known for scoring runs and beating opponents in a ton of different ways. But this one was truly unique – and also kind of amusing. At least, the partisan, capacity crowd got a kick out of it.
Here’s what happened.
Leading off the frame, MC senior first baseman Evan Brockmeier beat out a bunt hit down the third baseline. Next up for the Pioneers was Aaron Hopper, the No. 3 batter in the order, who had homered in the Etta Express’ 6-0 triumph in Game 1.
As B-W right-hander Dave Redovian peered in for the catcher’s sign, Brockmeier took a big lead off the first base bag. Redovian’s focus, though, was on Hopper.
Brockmeier, a former Marietta Tiger standout, has excellent speed on the basepaths, and it looked like he might attempt a steal of second.
Ignoring Brockmeier, Redovian delivered a pitch homeward, and as he did, Brockmeier took off running.
Now, this is when all the fun started.
Redovian’s pitch went behind the right-handed swinging Hooper, who didn’t even flinch. The ball naturally was not catchable by the Yellow Jacket catcher, and sailed to the back of the backstop for a wild pitch.
Brockmeier, meanwhile, swiped second standing up, and without breaking stride continued on to third base.
Retrieving the ball, the B-W catcher elected to try to throw Brockmeier out, but his low, errant peg ended up in short left field. After getting safely to third, Brockmeier rounded the base, almost like he’d hit a home run, and raced home without a throw as none of the Yellow Jacket fielders had backed up the play.
After touching home plate, Brockmeier was greeted by his Pioneer teammates, and applauded by the fans.
How he scored was something you just don’t see every day.
Brockmeier has scored many, many runs during his baseball prep and college career but probably has never circled the bases quite in this manner – unless you go back to his t-ball days in the Bantam League.
Was Redovian rattled by this sequence of events on the diamond?
Probably, as he allowed two more runs to score without the benefit of a hit, and his teammates committed two more throwing errors.
When the dust finally settled in the inning, MC owned a 4-0 advantage, and would go on to win 10-1.
Pioneer skipper Brian Brewer has often said, “Get ’em on, get ’em over, and get ’em in.”
Brockmeier literally accomplished this – with a little “help” from the opposition.
Ron Johnston is the Marietta Times sports editor and can be reached at 376-5441 or at firstname.lastname@example.org