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How to score the final play of the game

| June 5, 2010 11:14 PM

The second game of Libby vs. Eureka on Saturday night ended in an odd manner. The Rangers' final batter to appear in the game hit a home run but it wasn't for a walk-off victory. Instead, the home run was taken off the scoreboard.

Eureka's Curtis McDuffie had reached based earlier on a two-out single. Bryton Guckenberg followed by launching one over the wall for what appeared to be a two-run shot. Libby held a pretty safe 9-2 lead at the time and the homer would've made the score 9-4. So it's very doubtful that this call had any kind of impact on the final outcome of the game.

McDuffie missed stepping on third base and Libby appealed. The ump agreed and he was called out – and since it was the third out of the seventh inning, the game ended. But what was the final score? Did Guckenberg's homer count?

After much discussion, it was determined the score had to remain 9-2 because McDuffie was called out to end the game. Guckenberg was behind him on the basepaths and he can't score if the game is over. Checking over scorebook rules, Guckenberg gets credit only for a single even though the ball cleared the wall.

So, there you have it. It'll likely be the most impressive single Guckenberg ever hits.