The only thing small about Sandwich senior Mike Petit is his last name. It certainly isn’t his bat.
The senior laced a line-drive single up the middle, scoring Kevin Carrera from second base in the bottom of the seventh inning, to hand the Blue Knights baseball team a first-round Division 3 South Sectional tournament victory in walk-off fashion.
“I went up there looking for a fastball and it was a little low, but I got it,” Petit said.
Sandwich, the fifth-seed, scored the 2-1 win against Atlantic Coast League rival Dennis-Yarmouth, the 12th seed, on Thursday, June 6 at Fenton Field. It was the fourth time this season the two teams squared off—with the Knights getting wins in three of them.
“This was our fourth time playing them this year, so we knew what we were getting into,” Sandwich head coach Brian Tomasini said. “We’ve said it all year, as long as we have an at-bat we have a chance.”
Both teams played five innings of scoreless baseball with Sandwich senior starter Dillon Ryan matching D-Y’s right-handed starter Cam Taubert pitch for pitch. In the bottom of the sixth, however, the Sandwich bats came alive. Senior Sean Connolly hit a single through the hole between third base and shortstop and took second base on a passed ball. That set up an RBI double from Luke Urribarri to give the Knights a 1-0 lead. Following a single that dropped in the right-centerfield gap from Nate Coleman, Urribarri was thrown out at the plate on a tremendous throw from Payton Doyle, who moonlights as the Dolphins quarterback in the fall.
“It was a tough spot for Luke, but credit to Doyle. That was an incredible play to turn, spin and fire a strike to the plate from the outfield,” Tomasini said.
Holding a 1-0 lead, Ryan went out looking for the complete game shutout, ready to face D-Y’s bottom of the order. He promptly recorded the first out on a foul pop out behind the plate, corralled by Carrera. Following a hit batter and an error, Cam Duffy hit a single up the middle to plate the tying run, 1-1.
“You live for moments like these: up 1-0 in the top of the seventh,” Ryan said. “They got a good piece up the middle.”
Ryan got the win after going the distance, allowing one unearned run on two hits, two walks and two hit batters while striking out four.
Sandwich (18-4) advances to the Division 3 South Sectional quarterfinal and awaits the winner of the game between fourth-seeded East Bridgewater and 13th-seeded Martha’s Vineyard.