Georgetown Prep senior Tommy Shott lifted a single into center field to drive in a runner in the bottom of the sixth inning Saturday afternoon in the Interstate Athletic Conference baseball championship and then stood on first base with an open-palm look that asked, “Isn’t that it?”
Shott’s hit scored the run that kicked in the mercy rule against Landon, but for a brief moment there was no obvious indication that the 10-0 game was over. The home plate umpire eventually offered a non-verbal gesture, and the Hoyas and their flag-bearing student section stormed the field.
It was pleasing to many that it was Shott who provided the walk-off/storm-on hit that ended not only the game but very likely his baseball career. The second baseman worked through serious back and anterior cruciate ligament injuries during his time at Prep and was not in the starting lineup early in the season.
“It was the perfect moment; you couldn’t ask for anything else,” said Shott, who will attend Vanderbilt but probably will not try to walk on to the team. “I was having dreams about it last night, about hitting a walk-off hit. That was awesome. You always dream about the close games, of course, but a walk-off’s a walk-off, so I’m happy.”
In his previous at-bats Saturday, Shott walked, got hit by a pitch and bounced out to shortstop to end the fourth. The Hoyas were up 9-0 at the time, so it looked unlikely that he would squeeze out one final at-bat in his career.
“I was talking to him [after his final at-bat], and he said, ‘I don’t want to go out on a groundout,’ ” said Prep senior shortstop Andrew Frazier, Shott’s double-play partner. “I said, ‘Don’t worry. You won’t.’ It’s about as good as it gets. He deserved it. He earned it. To have him come back and work as hard as he did and get that last hit is a perfect scenario.”
Frazier was the second of three Hoyas (25-7) who hit consecutive doubles during their seven-run third inning, and junior Corey Howard had one prior to that in the same inning to drive in the first run of the game.
Howard, junior left fielder Tanner Sampson and Frazier all finished with two of their team’s 11 hits.
Prep senior Tommy Gambon struck out seven, walked three and gave up two hits in 51 / 3 innings. In relief, sophomore Andrew Ashur gave up a walk and a hit to load the bases but struck out the last two batters to keep the lead at nine and enable Shott’s game-ending hit in the Hoyas’ fifth straight shutout win over Landon (7-12).
Prep’s victory marked its 24th consecutive win in IAC play and its second straight tournament championship.