HOOSICK, N.Y. — The pitch fooled everyone, even the umpire.
It looked like Hoosick Falls starter Wyatt Whitman had retired the side in order with his team ahead by a run in the top of the sixth inning after a precision-placed pitch appeared to catch the corner of the plate to strike out Greenwich's Bailey Winch.
All the position players started to come off the field and coach Mike Lilac started out, but the umpire called it a ball and the inning continued.
Winch reached later in the at-bat on an error and Greenwich took advantage with a pair of RBI hits, including Cole Burgess' go-ahead hit in a 5-3 victory over Hoosick Falls.
"At the moment, I don't think it affected him," Lilac said. "You never know if it'll be a big call, but based on what happened afterward, it was a big call. But that's baseball. It's a very tough break that didn't go our way."
The Panthers broke through first in the first inning, scoring a run without the benefit of a hit. Riley Bacon walked and moved up on an out. He took advantage of two wild pitches, the second of which he scored on during a walk to Noah Conety.
Then Greenwich took the lead in the third on a two-run triple from George Ostrowski, who also added a long double and had a real loud out nearly to the snow fence in left center.
"He's one of the top three players in the league and he came up big for them today," Lilac said.
Hoosick tied it in the bottom half, again without any hits. After two were out, Alex Mendez walked, stole second, moved to third after a balk by Greenwich starter Carson McKinney and scored on an error by the second baseman on a ball hit by Whitman.
In the fifth, Hoosick Falls took the lead again. After getting no-hit for the first four innings, No. 9 hitter Tyler Lindsay got the Panthers' first hit, a single to right. Two more wild pitches moved Lindsay to third base and then Bacon drove him in with a single to left for a 3-2 advantage.
Then in the sixth, with two out, Winch and the Witches caught a break and John Walsh and Burgess got to Whitman for the go-ahead runs. Whitman pitched all seven innings, allowing five hits and walking three.
"Wyatt's a gamer. For three years, he's given us a chance to win every game he's pitched so we knew we'd be in it," Lilac said. "It was a well played game, sometimes there's razor thin decisions. They played a little better than we did today."
Greenwich moves into first place in the Wasaren League, while Hoosick Falls moves down to the fourth spot.
"We're still the same team as we were two hours ago, still solid," Lilac said. "The wins and losses will fall where they may, we can only control [our own] process."