Each day during the Dixie Boys World Series, a Beaufort player will share his experiences with The Beaufort Gazette and The Island Packet. We grabbed catcher Andrew Jezewski after he started a two-run rally with a leadoff single in the seventh inning and scored the tying run in Monday's 2-1 win over the South Carolina state champions from Surfside Beach.
Last night after the rain delay, about half the team went to Subway and just sat around. It was kind of a downer to have the game stopped right after we fell behind 1-0. But we kind of thought of it as stopping their momentum, so that was good. In a way, the rain kind of kept us in it.
We had Carson Gregory on the mound, so we felt good about that. We played in a travel ball tournament before this, and he was a little off, so I was joking with him about it. But he came back and was really good. He said his arm was starting to hurt a little bit, but I was confident he could keep putting it in the strike zone, and the umpire today had a wide strike zone.
It was exciting to lead off the seventh inning knowing we had to score to stay alive. I just wanted to get a base hit. With our team, we just have to start it off. If the first batter gets on base, we're good and we'll keep it going.
He tried to throw me a knuckleball on a 2-1 pitch, and as soon as I saw it was a knuckleball, I just wanted to drive it up the middle. The pitcher got his glove on it, and I thought the shortstop might get to it, so I was sprinting as fast as I could to first base.
I was on second when Bradley Brown hit that little blooper to right field. It took me a couple seconds, but I could tell it was going to drop, so I just took off and scored the tying run.
Once we tied it up and had first and third, I knew Carson was going to somehow drive in the winning run. I knew he wouldn't strike out.
In the dugout after the game, I was joking around saying, "What's up with this host team, guys? Isn't the host team supposed to be bad?"
We just want to keep it going.