Georgia Tech shortstop Mott Hyde and outfielder Daniel Palka concluded their summer in memorable fashion, helping their Cape Cod Baseball League team to a league championship Friday.
Down 5-3 in the top of the ninth with one out, Palka singled and then Hyde hit a two-run home run to tie the game for the Wareham Gatemen. The team won it in the 10th with three more runs in the top of the 10th to beat the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox in the final game of the three-game series.
Hyde and Palka also delivered earlier in the postseason. In the West Division playoffs, Hyde hit another two-run homer in the top of the ninth inning (again with Palka on base) to lift the Gatemen to a two-game sweep and an 8-6 win over the Bourne Braves. Hyde was 3-for-4 with a two-run triple, also with Palka on base.
In the first game of the league championship series, after Wareham fell behind 4-1 early, Palka homered in the fourth to make it 4-2, Hyde walked, stole second and scored for a 4-3 score in the seventh and then Palka tied it in the eighth to tie the game at 4. Wareham won 5-4.
For the season, Hyde hit .281 with 26 RBI in 44 games. Palka hit .272 with 11 home runs (tied for third in the league) and 35 RBI (tied for fifth).
Ken Sugiura, Georgia Tech blog