Boyertown coach Todd Moyer bolted out of the dugout, ready to make his case.
The game appeared to be tied after a sacrifice fly by Plum’s Alexander Terrell in the bottom of the sixth inning. Moyer saw Alex Kirilloff leave third base early and wanted to make sure the umpires saw it, too.
Boyertown appealed and the home-plate umpire called Kirilloff out.
“It was a call you don’t always see made but I know it was the right call,” Moyer said. “He left early. For the umpire to make a call in that situation was a strong play by him, by the umpire. It was a confident decision, and he said he had it all the way.”
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The Bears scored two runs in the seventh inning en route to a 4-1 win to capture the PIAA Class AAAA championship Thursday at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park.
It is Boyertown’s first state title in baseball since 1991.
Pat Hohlfeld allowed one unearned run in seven innings to earn the win. Hohlfeld struck out four, walked one and allowed six hits.
“He’s been our big-game pitcher all year,” Moyer said.
The Bears (24-6) took a 2-0 lead after an RBI single by Ben Longacre and an RBI triple by Mitchell Peers in the first inning.
Kirilloff, who was the 15th overall pick by the Minnesota Twins in the MLB Draft last week, nearly tied the game twice.
In the third inning, he lifted a shot to right field that kicked off the wall.
One run scored to pull Plum (25-2) within 2-1, and Kirilloff went for an inside-the park home run. The relay throw arrived as Kirilloff crashed into Boyertown catcher Ryan Weller.
Weller held on to end the inning.
“It was a bang-bang play,” Weller said. “Everything happened so fast.”
Kirilloff led off the sixth inning with a ground-rule double that bounced over the right-field wall. He advanced to third on Taylor Vivino’s single.
But he left early on Terrell’s flyout to left field.
Instead of tying the game 2-2, the Bears maintained their lead.
Boyertown scored two runs in the top of the seventh before Hohlfeld got the final three outs to start Boyertown’s championship celebration.
“It doesn’t feel real,” Weller said. “It’s only something that happens in dreams.”