Most baseball players go their entire careers without being involved in an unforgettable endgame.

Wil Pinder was part of two in the space of five days.

It all started with the junior center fielder hitting a pair of home runs, including a three-run shot late in the seventh inning to lead Glassboro past Gloucester 9-6 on April 29.

Last Tuesday, he was there again, but this time in an even wilder streak. His spectacular center catch launched a game-ending triple play in a 3-2 win over Schalick, a play that immediately became part of Glassboro lore.

“They were both crazy games,” Pinder said. “The home run was obviously very nice. It’s nice to be well balanced on both sides, attacking and defending. If I had to choose one, I would say the home run (it was better), because it was a walk-off in the bottom of the seventh and it felt really good. But this last series of games has been really crazy.

It’s understandable that Pinder prefers the home run, but there’s no doubt that the triple play is even rarer.

“I’ve never been one of them, and I don’t think I’ve ever seen one in high school baseball,” longtime Glassboro coach Dan Brown said. “I’ve never seen anything like it. It was pretty weird to end the match like that.

Glassboro held on to a 3-2 lead late in the seventh when Schalick charged the no-outs for the middle of his lineup. Brown decided to bring in not only his infielders, but also his outfielders, with Pinder set up just behind second base.

Schalick’s cleanup hitter threw a well-hit fly ball to right center, and as Brown likes to point out with a laugh now, Glassboro assistant coach Mark Bridges immediately declared, “Game over.” Bridges turned out to be right, but instead of a devastating ending as he thought, it was a happy ending for the Bulldogs, as Pinder shot shortstop Gavin Dillard, who then passed it on. to third baseman Vince Bognanni for the 8-6-5. triple play.

“I was close to second and he got hit over my head to my left,” Pinder said. “I definitely landed a good jump, but it got hit pretty deep so I had to run hard to get it. I knew I could do it. I pitched as fast as I could. I made a good pitch and we doubled the kid in second and then we got the final in third.

It originally looked like the runner on third scored and scored to tie the game, but the referee ruled he left early.

“I can honestly tell you the runner on second didn’t score and I can honestly tell you I don’t know if the kid on third tug,” Brown said. “The way Schalick reacted after the game, I feel like he scored and maybe it was a missed call. But we were still going to throw the ball over there to check. In the Worst case it would have been 3-3 with a man on first and two out but we ended up turning the triple play It was kinda crazy the way it happened I know they were under the shock and very upset, and we were in shock because we shot a triple play and the match was over, everyone was in disbelief.

According to Pinder, a video circulating on Twitter is inconclusive.

“You can just see the runner score from third, the runner get doubled from second, then the runner get tripled from third,” he said. “You can’t really tell if he left early because you can’t see me doing the hook.”

Either way, Pinder now has two impressive memories from his junior season – three if you count his other web gem earlier in the Schalick game.

“With a runner on third, he made a catch that should have been caught by either the right fielder or the second baseman,” Brown said. “He came and caught, the runner shot and he kicked him out at home plate. It was one of the best defensive plays I’ve seen in 12 years by any of my guys. It was a big, big game. It kind of flew under the radar, but Wil had two amazing plays in the game to keep us in the game.

“The last 10 days of his high school career have been amazing. He’s played really, really well for us this year.

As a team, Glassboro has improved a lot over the past few weeks and is 4-2 in its last six games to improve to 5-7 overall. Senior receiver John Wallace is another defensive mainstay who also serves as the Bulldogs’ leadoff hitter.

“I don’t know why people are running after him because he’s going to kick them out almost every time,” Brown said. “If we don’t return someone on base, it’s not because of John, it’s because our pitchers weren’t keeping players close or going to the plate quickly. Johnny was exceptional and he has a gun behind the plate.

“The other night against Gateway he threw one on third and two on second and one kneeling on low ground. He’s had a really, really good year defensively, and he’s doing well offensively as well. I’d love to see him with a few more shots, but he’s been on base a ton. I have no complaints, he had a great senior season.

Wallace also throws occasionally and should have more work on the mound with Glassboro scheduled for seven games in 10 days. Junior Pete Dempster, sophomore Eric Fowler and Dillard are other key pitchers.

Dillard, a freshman, was also one of Glassboro’s top hitters and leads the team with 18 hits to go with 10 runs.

“He’s having a fantastic season,” Brown said. “We knew in preseason, from the start, that he was going to be in the middle of the lineup and make an impact. What we got from him at home plate and on the mound, and even defensively, was really, really He was very impressive in first year.

April was a tough month for Glassboro with several rains and inconsistent results, but Brown’s teams have historically played much better in May and that seems to be the case again this spring.

“Hopefully we settle down,” he said. “We always seemed to pick it up in May and go into the playoffs playing our best, and as a coach, that’s what you want. That’s what we’re looking for this year. »

“Compared to last year, I feel like we are much better,” added Pinder. “In recent games, we have really formed a team. I think if we continue to play as a team, we have a very good chance of positioning ourselves well when it comes to the playoffs.

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