Tonawanda News — It was a hustle play that started the final rally. East catcher Preston Smith beat out an infield single by diving into first base. Two batters later, Gibson brought Smith home to win the ballgame.
“We had some adversity, down 5-3, and we came back,” Simon said. “I saw no negatives. Tyler, a senior, wasn’t starting … the fact that Tyler didn’t start and stayed ready is a life lesson. I could not be more proud of all 15 of these guys. They have had so much go against them game after game and they stayed with it; they rose up; they beat their greatest rival. I could not be happier for them.” West won the first matchup between the two teams 3-2 on April 18.
East has faced daunting challenges all year, and when it faced its last one of the season, it was an unlikely hero who delivered. “Tyler’s a good hitter,” Simon said. “He’s a great kid and he’s a character guy. We ask for seniors to step up; he certainly stepped up.”