Pfeifer’s Walk Off Double Sends The Scouts To Regional Finals

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Pfeifer’s Walk Off Double Sends The Scouts To Regional Finals

Colton Pfeifer with the Commitment Bat after the Scouts defeated Prospect, 7-6, in extra innings of Wednesday’s regional semifinal game.

Colton Pfeifer with the Commitment Bat after the Scouts defeated Prospect, 7-6, in extra innings of Wednesday’s regional semifinal game.

Colton Pfeifer with the Commitment Bat after the Scouts defeated Prospect, 7-6, in extra innings of Wednesday’s regional semifinal game.

Colton Pfeifer with the Commitment Bat after the Scouts defeated Prospect, 7-6, in extra innings of Wednesday’s regional semifinal game.

AJ Shaw, Staff Writer

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DEERFIELD — Wow.

Just, wow.

Words cannot describe the ending to Wednesday’s Regional Semifinal game between Prospect and Lake Forest, that saw the Scouts stun the Knights on senior Colton Pfeifer’s game-ending two run double to give the Scouts a 7-6 victory.

Prior to the dramatics of the eighth inning, the game looked to be in the Scouts favor, as despite Prospect scoring two runs off Michael Vallone in the early going, the Scouts countered with at least one run in each of the first four innings to take a 5-2 lead going into the fifth inning.

But the lead went away in a heartbeat, as after the first two Prospect hitters reached base, Tyler Preissing, who pitched four innings of one run ball in relief and drove in five runs in this game, drilled a three-run home run to tie the game at 5.

The next two and a half innings saw edge of your seat action, but no runs, as Peter Turelli and Preissing engaged in a pitcher’s duel that kept the score tied at 5.

“[Michael and Peter] battled through tough conditions and provided us a great opportunity to the win.” said Coach Del Fava.

The game entered extra innings as Prospect put two men on base on a pair of walks. With two outs and two men on, Preissing drilled the first pitch to center field for an RBI double to give Prospect a 6-5 lead.

But the Scouts didn’t sit down and die, even down to their final out.

The two out rally for the Scouts in the bottom of the 8th inning was something out of a movie, as after Connor Morrison walked with two outs, Luke Nolan hit a mile high pop up on the infield that looked to be the end of the season for the Scouts.

But it wasn’t, as a miscommunication between Prospect pitcher Ethan Burgh and second baseman Ed Brancato saw the ball drop in and place runners at first and third base for Pfeifer.

For Pfeifer, the last week had been a rough one. Last Monday, he sustained a thumb injury in the Scouts loss to Stevenson and was forced to miss the team’s final three regular season games.

Culminating with a 5-29 finish at the plate to the finish the year and a 0-4 performance to that point in the game, Pfeifer may have seemed like the underdog in this matchup, but on this team, anyone can step up and be a hero.

With the count of 1-2 and 2 outs, Pfeifer drove a ball to the opposite field, sending left fielder Kevin Donohue back, only to see him lose his footing and have the ball drop in to give the Scouts to stunning comeback victory.

“It was a feeling of pure joy.” said captain Will Davis in regards to what the feeling was after the victory. “We really had our backs up against the wall [with two out and nobody on base], and it was very exciting to win the game like that.”

The win sends the Scouts to the Regional Finals for the second year in a row to battle the conference rival Lake Zurich Bears, who defeated Deerfield, 8-5, on Thursday. Connor Morrison will get the ball for the Scouts, while hard-throwing lefty Noah DeLuga is expected to pitch for Lake Zurich.