Usually, when a team puts together a 12-run inning in a baseball game, it's well on its way to a comfortable win. Evidently that's not always the case in New Jersey, where Bishop Eustace (N.J.) Prep scored 12 runs in the fourth inning … only to eventually fall by a final score of 13-12.
"Baseball is a funny, funny game," Bishop Eustace Prep coach Sam Tropiano told the Philadelphia Inquirer.
According to the Inquirer, the loss came against St. Augustine (N.J.) Prep earlier this month in the opening round of the Tom Heinkel Memorial Tournament. Naturally, it won't be a game either of the teams' coaches will forget anytime soon. St. Augustine led 4-0 after three innings and seemed to be in control of the game … right up until the Crusaders started swinging in the top of the fourth.
That, as they say, is when things got interesting. Bishop Eustace sent a whopping 16 players to the plate in that one frame, transforming a 4-0 deficit into a seemingly insurmountable 12-4 lead. Two Bishop Eustace sluggers hit homers in the inning, while two other doubles helped the team capitalize on an incredible four errors in the inning by the Hermits.
Yet, even though the eight-run advantage may have seemed safe, it was eventually proven to be just another roadblock for the powerful St. Augustine offense to overcome. The Hermits rallied back with one run in the bottom of the fourth and then a monstrous six-run, sixth inning to set the stage for the bottom of the seventh, when St. Augustine scored two more to walk off with a win.
"With our offense, we're never out of games," St. Augustine coach Mike Bylone told the Inquirer. "We've got a great group of seniors. Some other teams, they might have folded. But this group just keeps battling."
Of those St. Augustine battlers, none shone more brightly than Christian Adorno, whose 4-for-4 day concluded with the game-winning RBI single that sent the St. Augustine dugout into delirium, all while one of their fellow New Jersey baseball contenders shook their collective head on the other side of the diamond.
"I've seen a lot of baseball, played a lot of baseball, coached a lot of baseball," Bylone said. "That was one crazy, crazy game."