Dash Top 10: #9 – Hankerd’s Walk-Off
This is the second installment of the “Dash Top 10,” where we rehash the top 10 moments from the Dash’s historic 2012 season. Stay tuned to the Dash Board Blog for the rest of the series over the next two weeks.
Previous Top 10 Moments:
#10: Second-half clinch
Moment #9 (July 8): Cyle Hankerd’s walk-off home run caps six-run comeback against Lynchburg.
The Dash amassed 40 comeback victories during the 2012 season, but no battle back was bigger than Winston-Salem’s effort July 8 against Lynchburg.
The Hillcats enjoyed a 7-1 advantage at the game’s midway point, but the Dash rallied within one entering the seventh. However, Lynchburg’s three-run seventh extended the lead to 11-7.
In the home half of the eighth, the Dash scored four times and only mustered one hit, a three-run blast by Michael Earley, to knot the score at 11 apiece.
Both teams traded runs in the 11th frame, with Marcus Semien saving the Dash with a solo homer to kick off the bottom half.
Finally, after nearly four hours of baseball, Cyle Hankerd needed just one pitch to swing the Dash past the ‘Cats in the 12th. Hankerd clubbed a towering fly to left, and outfielder Bobby Stevens never saw the ball. It didn’t matter, because Hankerd’s big fly, which you can relive here, sailed to the left field berm and sent the BB&T Ballpark crowd home happy.
The Dash finished the regular season with the best record in full-season minor league baseball, and this 13-12 victory was one of the most improbable victories Winston-Salem snagged en route to that prestigious claim.
Stay tuned for the Dash’s eighth-best moment from the 2012 campaign, which prompted the awesome hashtag #DashWinStreakFacts. Talk to you then.