LAS VEGAS – Robert McCarrie has many years of fastpitch softball ahead of him. Years in which to create memories playing the grand old game.
And what he did Saturday will surely be stashed away in his memory bank to savor after retires.
In the bottom of the seventh with the Budmen of East Los Angeles down to their last out and trailing by a run, McCarrie came to the plate with a runner aboard. He needed to keep the inning alive. He needed to at least get on base any way possible.
Well, McCarrie did more than that. He abruptly ended the game.
“I got a rise ball,” he said. And did he ever jump on it.
With a mighty swing of his bat, McCarrie launched the softball into the left-centerfield gap and then turned on the jets, racing around the bases and finally jumping on home plate for an inside-the-park home run that gave the Budmen a walk-off, 10-9, victory over Wololok, Calif. in the A Division of the Las Vegas Road Trip X tournament at Sunset Park, Saturday.
But that’s not all McCarrie did. Batting leadoff, he had a phenomenal game going 3-for-3 with two home runs, four RBI and a walk.
After getting, high-fived by his teammates, McCarrie was exuberant in describing his emotions.
“This is a fantastic feeling getting a walk-off,” he said, “and helping my team get the win.”
After defeating Wololok, the Budmen came right back to take a 9-1 win over the War Chiefs of Oklahoma.
The offense was explosive Saturday, scoring 26 runs in three games.
Saturday’s victories keep the Budmen (3-2) in contention for a shot at an A-Division championship.
But the road to a title won’t be easy. On Sunday they would need to win four games to take home the title, starting with an 8 a.m. contest with the Colton, Calif. Dirtbags.
To follow the tournament results, visit the SCIFL website and the A-Division bracket.