Posted by Michael Beaven for the Beacon Journal
The Aurora baseball team won their Division II district semifinal game over Parma Padua Franciscan in exciting fashion Wednesday night at Bedford High School.
The Greenmen won 11-10 after scoring four runs in the last inning, and advance to play Parma Holy Name in a district final at 4 p.m. Thursday at Bedford.
Aurora senior Beau Calcei came to the plate Wednesday night with the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh inning and two outs. The Greenmen were trailing 11-9 until Calcei delivered with two strikes on him.
Calcei hit a three-run triple down the right-field line to win the game and end an evening which included a steady dose of rain.
"We are a wild team because we hit the ball a lot," Aurora coach George Snider said. "Generally we pitch real well too."
Snider said Calcei is no stranger to getting a dramatic hit.
"He won a sectional final game with a home run to beat Streetsboro," Snider said.
Aurora, which allowed just three hits, won despite making six errors. Snider said that's a product of youth, as the G-Men (14-6) start five sophomores, a freshman and three seniors.
"We have a perfect mix," Snider said. "We have solid leadership with our seniors and some real athletic sophomores who all started last season as freshman."
Calcei also had a single. Aurora sophomore Joe Taylor had a triple, three singles and three RBI to lead an offense which produced 15 hits. Sophomore Andy Heacox had a single, double and three RBI, and senior Michael Eden had two singles and an RBI.
Greenmen freshman pitcher Ty Wood (2-0) earned the win in relief.