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Wozny comes off the bench, delivers walk-off hit for Grosse Ile

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Every kid dreams of coming up to bat with the bases loaded, two outs, in the last inning of the game trying to win the game for their team. It doesn’t always come true because it doesn’t happen very often.

The chances of that happening are much, much less for players who don’t start on a regular basis. That didn’t faze Grosse Ile Red Devil junior Alex Wozny.

On a team with six seniors and three other juniors, it’s an experienced team. He’s currently the backup first baseman for the Red Devils, but Wozny enjoys the position he plays on the team.

“I play first, and I just have been pinch hitting whenever. I enjoy my role, I love swinging the bat,” said Wozny.

Wozny did swing the bat when he was called upon in the bottom of the 7th inning in the first game of an afternoon doubleheader against the Riverview Pirates on Wednesday in Grosse Ile.

He didn’t bat or play the field the entire game, just played catch with his teammates to warm them up.

With the bases loaded and with two outs, down 3-2, the Pirates were struggling a bit to close the game out. Senior Eric Smorch was on third base, senior Tommy Daly was on second base, and Lorenzo Galati was on first base. Smorch was the tying run, while Daly was the go-ahead run.

As Wozny stepped to the plate, the nerves were there, but he didn’t let the effect him.

“I was definitely a little nervous, but just kind of stuck it out and put the ball in play, that’s all I had to do,” said Wozny.

“He threw me a first pitch fastball and he got that by me. I figured (with the) bases loaded, he wasn’t going to mess around too much, so I was ready for it.”

The Pirates Justin Dudek threw a pitch right down the middle, and it was right in the sweet spot for Wozny. He took a swing, and at the crack of the bat, the runners were off. The ball landed in right-center field. Both Smorch and Daly came around to score without a throw.

Wozny was mobbed by his teammates at first base as soon as Daly slid across home plate, securing the win for the Red Devils.

“It’s kind of what everybody dreams up, coming up, bottom of the seventh, two outs, bases loaded. I was just happy to get my chance.”

Last Updated: 5/1/2014 1:07:41 AM EST