A miracle led to Middlebury winning a Vermont state baseball title

A state final game in Vermont over the weekend saw a total swing of emotions. Mount Abraham thought it had defeated Middlebury on a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the seventh.

However, the batter failed to touch first before starting to celebrate and it caused a rules ruckus.

Per the Burlington Free Press:

Mount Abraham appeared to capture Saturday’s Division II state final when a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the seventh inning pushed across the deciding run. But the batter, instead of advancing to touch first base, turned toward his dugout, and out of the baseline, and kicked off celebratory hugs with hard-charging teammates who had scampered onto the field.

After a quick umpires’ meeting in the infield, the Mount Abraham batter was ruled out, sending the game to extra innings. On the same play, Mount Abraham runners on first and second raced toward the jubilant scrum and failed to take their next base, which was also a rules violation, according to Jay Nichols, the executive director of the Vermont Principals’ Association.

“This team needed a miracle and we got one,” Middlebury pitcher Tucker orter said. “That just goes to show the fight that we have because we got that chance and we capitalized on it.”

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