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Redskins sweep via walk-off walk

Published: Friday, April 26, 2013 8:43 p.m. CDT

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It’s becoming old hat for the Morris baseball team. Coming back and winning a game in the last inning and in walk-off fashion.

“Actually, either three or four of our 15 wins this season have been when we’ve come from behind,” Morris catcher Jake Capko said. “We’re used to the situation and we came through.”

In the case of Friday night in the Northern Illinois Big 12 East game against DeKalb, that came in the eighth inning with the Redskins trailing 6-5 going into the bottom of the eighth.

Capko drew a one-out walk off of DeKalb southpaw Shawn Johnson and Grant Davis scored the winning run as the Redskins completed the league sweep of the Barbs.

Morris is now 15-5 on the season and 4-4 in conference play.

“Coach had us in mustard, which means we take until we get a strike,” Capko said. “That at-bat, I had to go in knowing that I was going to do what was needed to win the game and I got the job done.”

“Coach had us in mustard, which means we take until we get a strike,” Capko said. “That at-bat, I had to go in knowing that I was going to do what was needed to win the game and I got the job done.”

The winning rally in the eighth started when Trevor Lines was hit by a pitched ball. Grant Davis then singled to left before back to back to back walks ended the game. Preston Miracle and Grant Schluntz walked in front of Capko.

The eighth ended was had been a solid pitching effort for Johnson. Johnson went all 7 1/3 innings and hadn’t allowed a Morris hit since the fourth inning.

“He had pitched better in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings than he had the whole game,” DeKalb coach Jacob Howells said. “I thought it was his game to win or lose. I wanted to give him the chance to win the game.”

The walk-off made a winner of Lines in relief. He pitched two innings allowing two hits and two walks while striking out three. He was on in relief of Drew Aldrich who was on in relief of starter Preston Miracle.

Morris scored three runs in the first inning on an RBI double by Miracle, an RBI single by Capko and an RBI walk by Ryan Bernickus. The Redskins then added a run in the third and one in the fourth.

“(The sweep) was our goal coming into today,” Morris coach Todd Kein said. “That’s a nice win on this field. It’s nice to see the team produce with their backs to the wall.”

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