Mark this down as a daring coaching move.
In the Massachusetts Division 2 state baseball final, Dighton-Rehoboth (Dighton, Mass.) has the bases loaded in the bottom of the eighth inning and one out in a scoreless game.
So what’s a coach to do? Look for a fly ball deep enough into the outfield to bring home the game-winner on a sac fly or a ground ball that goes thrown the drawn-in infield. Nope? Suicide squeeze.
As chronicled by ESPNBoston.com, Steve Silvia laid down the bunt to the first-base side, Brody Rubenstein scored and Dighton-Rehoboth had its first state championship with a 1-0 victory against Danvers. Said coach Bill Cuthbertson: “Whatever it takes.”
“We’ve been chasing this for a long time,” Cuthbertson, who has coached at the school since 1980, told ESPNBoston.com. “I never said it to the kids, but I really feel like they were carrying the torch for all the guys that have played for me for the last 37 years.”