2010, 11:05 a.m.
Plymouth's baseball team turned would would have been a disheartening loss into a dramatic victory Wednesday afternoon on the day a page in the program's record book was re-written.
The Wildcats hung on to defeat Wayne Memorial, 5-4, in 10 innings to improve to 10-10 overall and 5-8 in the KLAA Kensington Conference.
Behind the stellar pitching of junior lefty Mike Nadratowski, the Wildcats took a 3-0 lead into the seventh, but saw the lead erased when the Zebras put up a four-spot in the seventh thanks in large part to a three-run home run.
Unfazed, the 'Cats tied the game in the bottom of the seventh when Jimmy May singled, Jamarl Eiland sacrificed him to second before May advanced to third on a Ben Wohl ground ball.
Sophomore catcher Rich Guglielmi then knotted the game with a sharply hit two-out single.
The game remained tied until the bottom of the 10th when Wohl drove in Harrison Michels from third on a two-out, infield single.
Jackson Burdette was brilliant in relief, picking up the win with 3.1 innings of scoreless mound work.
"This was probably the most exciting game we've played all year," said Plymouth coach Bryan Boyd. "The guys didn't quit."
History was made when senior first baseman Matt Priebe set the school's all-time hit record (121) with a three-hit, two-RBI performance. Priebe surpassed current Madonna University standout Brad Lineberry on the school's hit list.
"Brad is kind of a legend around here, so this is definitely a big deal," said Boyd.
May finished with three hits and Wohl had two for the 'Cats, who didn't commit an error for the second straight game.
The Wildcats will take on Salem in a Saturday double-header that will benefit the Prostate Cancer Foundation. The first game of the twinbill will start at 11 a.m. at Plymouth's field. The second game will be played on Salem's field around 1 p.m.