When Linfield shortstop Corey VanDomelen gathered in a slow roller and fired to first baseman Clayton Truex for the final out of the 2013 NCAA Division III National Championship game, the Wildcats had accomplished much more than the program’s first national title since 1971. For head coach Scott Brosius, it was far from the first ring of his storied baseball career. The ex-Major Leaguer claimed that the one he nabbed last Tuesday is right up there with the three he collected as a member of the New York Yankees.
The road was not an easy one for the players, and by the final game, the lineup was not at 100 percent physically. Just ask third baseman Jordan Harlow, who had developed flu-like symptoms the night before or Kyle Chamberlain, who had caught every game of the tournament and had pulled a quad the day before. Ask junior first-team All-American Jake Wylie, who rolled his ankle and sported a Kirk Gibson-like limp when he ran the bases. Ask senior Michael Hopp, who was the proud owner of nine stitches above his left eye after fouling a bunt into his face in game one of the tournament.no comments no comments