Marines beat Navy with bunt in ninth
A well-tapped bunt and an overthrown ball in the ninth inning doomed the U.S. Navy in a 6-5 victory last week in the 15th Annual Navy-Marine Corps All-Star Baseball Game at PETCO Park in San Diego.
Marine Corps’ Leo Tapia’s bunt and an overthrown ball at first base brought home the winning run in the bottom of the ninth, according to a Navy news report released Thursday.
“We worked as hard as we could for five months,” Navy coach Tim Brender said. “It all comes down to this game right here.”
“It hurts," said Navy center fielder Quincy Scott, who gave Navy a 3-0 lead with a solo homer in the sixth. “We played all year long to prepare for this game and to come out and perform the way we did and lose is a big let down.”
The game was played after a Los Angeles Dodgers vs. San Diego Padres contest. Some of the players were playing on a major league field for the first time.
“There are no words to describe what it feels like. I’m in heaven right now,” Navy pitcher Joseph Covitch said.
Navy pitcher Nathan Guffey threw a no-hitter into the sixth, but it was broken up by Ricky Chavez’s single.
Navy took a 5-3 lead in the seventh on an RBI triple by shortstop Frank Kuras and a run-scoring single by catcher Jeff Wisinski.
The Marines tied the game with runs in the seventh and eighth.
The Navy will face the Marine Corps again in an exhibition game on Aug. 12, at Angels Stadium in Anaheim, Calif.