Sandusky's Turner hits walk-off homer against Fremont
Apr 13, 2011 at 8:30 AM
Sandusky junior Xavier Turner has accomplished quite a bit in his young baseball career.
But Tuesday afternoon in a Greater Buckeye Conference game against rival Fremont Ross at Rather Field at Jaycee Park, Turner accomplished a career-first.
Trailing 3-2 with runners at first and third with no outs, Turner crushed a 1-0 pitch to left-center field for a game-winning three-run home run to give Sandusky (7-0, 1-0 GBC) a 5-3 win.
"It's the best feeling I've ever had," Turner said. "I knew it was gone when I hit it -- a fastball inside. I thought he'd throw a curveball on the first pitch, but he threw me a fastball and it was down and outside, so I figured the next one had to be a fastball, and it was.
"The bottom of the lineup did their job and got on base for the top of the order, so it was a good team win."
Sandusky trailed 3-1 entering the bottom of the seventh and quickly went to work, but not without a little controversy.
Kendrick Aaron, who was outstanding in three innings of scoreless relief to get the win, hit a shallow pop-fly down the left-field line.
The Little Giants' Derek Alderich appeared to make an outstanding tumbling catch from his third base position, but as he rolled, the ball came out and Aaron had run the play out and ended up at second base.
Ross coach Mark King argued it should have been a catch, but the umpire ruled he didn't maintain control throughout the play.
"We maybe got a break there, but we had to put it in play and we did," Sandusky coach Matt Martin said. "I thought it was a great play, he just couldn't hold onto it. That opened the floodgates so to speak. We got the top of the order back up, and that's what we were trying to do."
Dominic Aaron was up next and lined a single, but Kendrick Aaron held up at third. Moments later he scored on a wild pitch to cut the margin to 3-2. Tristen Jeffries laid down a bunt, and reached on an error to setup Turner's heroics.
Trey Keegan started for Sandusky and pitched the first four innings, allowing a three-run home run to Alderich in the third that put the Streaks in the 3-1 hole. He struck out six and walked one. Kendrick Aaron walked two and struck out two.
Turner walked and scored on a passed ball in the third for Sandusky's first run. The junior is batting .696 in 23 at-bats for the Streaks, who travel Thursday to Lima Senior.
Fremont Ross 003 000 0 -- 3 5 1
Sandusky 001 000 4 -- 5 7 1
WP -- K. Aaron; LP -- Blue
HR -- (FR): Alderich; (S): Turner