May 31, 2017, Hanover vs. Jamestown will go down as one of the greatest games in Hanover High School history. The Hanover High varsity baseball team won 2-1 in 13 innings to advance to the state tournament. The game was scoreless until the third inning. A Jamestown player reached third on a Hanover fielding error. A Jamestown single led to the first lead of the game. Hanover would tie in the bottom of the fifth as Brian Sisson scored on a Jamestown throwing error. In the next inning, Antonio Balducci (Class of 17 Valedictorian) came in to relieve starting pitcher, Jack Dragum. Antonio would go on to pitch eight scoreless innings.
Both teams had several opportunities with players in scoring position but neither team could capitalize. Hanover would back their pitcher up with great fielding to keep Jamestown from scoring. In the 12th and 13th innings, Jamestown went 3 up and 3 down. In the bottom of the 13th, nearing the four hour mark, Hanover had two outs and Brian Sisson was up to bat. Brian hit a shot up the middle for a double. With the season on the line, Will Lopez hit into center field to bring Brian home and to send the Hawks to the state tournament.
Hanover will play Great Bridge in the regional finals at home on Friday night. For baseball fans, it will be hard to top this game.
To see videos of the ending go to Hanover Sports Net (Thank you, Rob!)