Wentworth, WSU’s designated hitter, hit two home runs that season and four in his career.
“He obviously could not continue,” coach Gene Stephenson said. “I wanted him to come out. Tears were streaming down his face. He didn’t want to come out. So I told him to stay off first, don’t get near it, don’t put any pressure on the leg, and we’d see if he could get through the inning.”
After one pitch, Winslow realized he wasn’t helping the team. He took himself out and watched the rest of the game with a cast on his leg from the dugout.
“He had tears in his eyes,” catcher Eric Wedge said, “and he said, ‘You guys better win this thing. Don’t you dare lose this game.’ Personally, it was hard for us to control our emotions.”
“They had gained some confidence and I lost some confidence after those first two hitters,” Brummett said. “Then I got the pickoff and right then and there, it gave me all the confidence in the world.”
Remember that moment next time somebody yells, “That play never works” at a Shocker game.