By BRIAN CUNNIFF
The Wildwood High School baseball team was down to its final strike in Tuesday’s game against Pleasantville.
That’s when Will Long came through.
Long, a senior second baseman, blasted a three-run triple to right center with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning to complete a stirring comeback from a four-run deficit to start the inning as the Warriors stunned Pleasantville, 7-6.
Two Pleasantville pitchers struggled to find the plate in the inning, as two runs scored on bases-loaded walks. That set the stage for Long, who hit a 2-2 pitch high and deep into the gap. Pleasantville had no chance to make a play to stay in the game, as the base runners easily scampered home and Long reached third base without a throw.
Long couldn’t hang around after the game. The three-sport athlete (soccer, basketball, baseball) rushed home to prepare for an event at which he received a college scholarship from the Cape May County Superintendents Association. Long is set to attend Widener University, where he’s expected to play for the men’s basketball team.
Long finished 2 for 5 with four RBI in Tuesday’s win. Freshman Dom Troiano added two hits for the Warriors (5-11).
Corlen Vallese was the winning pitcher. He gave up five runs in the second inning but held the Greyhounds to just one run the rest of the way. He struck out five in a complete-game performance.