GOSHEN — One of the most rare plays at any level of baseball is stealing home.
Fans at Wednesday night’s NLC prep baseball contest between Northridge got to see just that.
The feat by the Raiders’ Sam Troyer in the top of the first inning was an early highlight in a blowout of a game, as Northridge blanked Goshen, 11-0 in a contest halted after five innings due to the 10-run rule.
With the Raiders up 1-0 and runners on second and third, Troyer noticed Goshen starting pitcher Adam Pearson was working out of the windup and decided to chance it.
Troyer slid home just ahead of Pearson’s pitch, giving his team a spark on the way to a conference road victory.
It was the second time in his high school career that Troyer has stolen home, he said. Combined with two more times in summer baseball, Troyer has stolen home four times total.
“I try to figure out how long the pitcher is taking to get the ball to the plate,” Troyer said. “I pick my spots, but if I see a chance, I go for it.”
The Raiders (12-6 overall, 5-2 NLC) scored two runs apiece in each of the first three frames, then blew the contest open with five runs in the fourth.
Northridge coach Andrew Brabender liked his team’s hitting. The Raiders collected 11 hits on the night.
As for Troyer stealing home? That’s not usually a planned play, the Raider coach said.
“We timed the delivery to the plate at about 2.5 seconds,” Brabender said. “Sam has the okay to try it if he thinks he can make it.”
First-year Goshen coach Josh Keister liked some of the things he saw from his team. But he said the Redskins (2-14, 1-6) need to battle through this tough stretch and start hitting.