The Evens would tack on three more runs to open things up again in the bottom of the fifth inning. But O’Connor would tattoo another ball in his next at bat to tie things at 10-10.
An RBI single by Ryan Short (’13) jumped the Odds ahead 11-10 and the Odd ones continued to tack on runs in the bottom of the sixth with another pair.
The Evens threatened in the top of the seventh, but Steve Bradley (’83) made a diving catch in foul territory to maintain his team’s lead. The Evens would then mysteriously add three more runs in between innings to tie the game at 13-13. But the Odds would pull off the win with a walk-off single from Short’s father, Skip (’79), that plated his son.
“It’s certainly a special day to play on the same field as your son,” said the elder Short.
“I look forward to a couple of years from now when (younger brother) Matthew and Ryan and I can all be out there together.”
The younger Short would be singularly honored that day as well, winning the John “Bear” Currier Alumni Baseball Scholarship award as well as the MIAA Sportsmanship award.
“It’s just an honor to be recognized along with some of Newburyport’s greatest baseball players,” Short said of winning the $500 Alumni Scholarship. “To be recognized with this scholarship is just a huge deal. I’m really humbled and it’s an honor.”
Daigle received the Tim Powers Alumni Baseball Person of the Year award and was equally moved.
“It’s a cool feeling,” said Daigle.
“It’s good to have my mom and dad here for it too — they mean the world to me — and to get this award in front of everybody here is a neat thing.”
Another highlight of the day was the dedication of a permanent sign in honor of Pettingell and the park named after him.