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On This Day In History | 1968

April 20, 2011

Shimko’s heroics lifted the Brook over Poly

On this day 43 years ago the baseball team won a thrilling 8-6 decision over Poly Prep on a walk-off 3-run home run by Richard Shimko.  After an uneventful 1st inning the Blue and White got something started in the bottom of the 2nd when Alan Swanson reached base with a 1-out single.  Jim Kirby dug in next and drilled a 2-run home run to vault the home team into the lead.  The Brook tacked another run in the 3rd when Jon Dahl crossed the plate by way of 4 Poly mishaps, reached base on an error by the shortstop, then advancing on a passed ball and an error by the 1st baseman and scoring on an error by the pitcher to put the Brook ahead 3-0.

Poly gained back 2 runs in the 4th then tied it in the 5th before rocketing into a surprising lead with a 3-run home run in the top of the 7th and final inning.  Hopes of a comeback were slightly dimmed when the boys led off the inning with a groundout, but when Jon Hanchett and Bruce Todd reached base and came around to score to cut their deficit to 6-5. Jim Furguiele and a teammate each reached base to bring up Shimko.  An unlikely hero, Shimko was batting just .172 on the year, but with 2 outs and the game on the line he came through to help down the rivals from Brooklyn.

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