On Tuesday, No. 3-ranked Sinclair Community College played its 4th annual Jackson Robinson Day Celebration Game, where the Tartans wear jerseys from the Negro Leagues. This year’s game matched the Tartans with Kentucky State JV.
Sinclair won, 9-8, in 10 innings. Freshman utility player Matt Meyer was the story of the game as he played all nine positions on the field. Meyer is a regular in the team’s lineup and mainly plays shortstop and right field.
He started at shortstop before moving to third, second and first. The next two innings would be spent in the outfield (left and center), and the seventh would be the most interesting. For the first time since freshmen year of high school, Meyer strapped on the gear to catch LHP Caleb Peterson. He returned to right field, and then made his collegiate debut on the mound in the ninth inning. Meyer struck out all three batters. He returned to second base in the 10th.
Both teams scored early and often and then the bats went cold. The Thoroughbreds ripped two home runs in the first three innings and held the lead twice. Sinclair’s offense answered with two runs in the first and then five runs in the third, highlighted by a Mike Sears grand slam.
Sinclair tied the game up with a run in the bottom of the third and then both teams didn’t score the next six innings. Heading into the bottom of the 10th, Hunter Hughes drew a walk. Justyn Eichbaum bunted him over to second, and Hughes advanced to third on a wild pitch. Dylan Carpenter battled back from two strikes to draw a walk, and Keegan Corbett delivered the game winning safety squeeze.
On the mound, the Tartans used nine different pitchers and seven of them didn’t allow a run in their inning of work. Brandon DeWitt pitched a scoreless 10th to get the win.
Sinclair will play Clark State this weekend at Fairfield Park in Fairborn. Heading into this four-game series, Sinclair must win three games to capture their third straight conference championship.