By Chan Davis
The 9th Annual Billy Bock Classic turned Bock-less in the championship game Saturday at Taylor Field.
With White Hall leading Bryant 2-1 entering the seventh inning, the home plate umpire ousted Bryant coach Kirk Bock, son of tournament namesake Billy Bock, from the game.
Bock was ushered off the field and missed as the Hornets stung White Hall in the final stanza for a 4-2 comeback win and tournament title.
Bock wasn’t the only son removed from the game as White Hall coach Skip Carr removed his son, Tyler Carr, from pitchers mound after the right-handed hurler surrendered the go ahead runs following a stellar pitching performance for 6 1/3 innings.
“I don’t know what to say,” Bock said. “I didn’t realize he was out of the game. He did a tremendous job. He kept us off balance the whole night and I guess he ran out of steam. Then I ran out of steam.”
After Chase Tucker grounded out to Carr start the seventh in what appeared to be a routine play, Bock bounced from the dugout and approached home plate. His visit was short lived as the umpire’s quick ejection drew ooh’s and aah’s from the Bryant fan base.
Bock turned to leave the field but went back to the plate to get his money’s worth before being ushered to the gate.
“I held it in as long as I could then I voiced my opinion,” Bock said. “I thought it might come to that. And I didn’t want to do it too soon. It just happened to be the right timing.”
If it was a plan to stir up the Hornets it worked. Hayden Daniel reached on an error and Ozzie Hurt was hit by a pitch to put the tying and go-ahead runs on base with one out. Tyler Nelson popped out to left field for the second out, setting up Tyler green’s bloop hit over third base to plate Daniel. Jordan Taylor followed with a solid single to left center to chase Hurt home and Green scored on a Texas-leaguer over first to conclude the scoring.
Carr was lifted at that point but the damage was done. It spoiled an otherwise perfect night for Carr who had held Bryant hitless until the Hornets strung together three straight hits in the seventh.
“He wasn’t having a hard time,” Coach Carr said. “He hadn’t thrown that many breaking balls and he had thrown a lot of off-speed stuff so I wasn’t concerned about pitch count.”
It just didn’t work out for White Hall as Bryant’s Dylan Cross, who was selected Tournament MVP, scattered four hits and worked around four Hornet errors to pick up the win.
Carr finished with seven strikeouts a walk and three hit batters while Cross fanned seven and issued one free pass.
Bryant improved to 5-0. White Hall dropped to 3-4.