His heart was heavy, his mind was somewhere else, but his bat was exactly where it needed to be Friday night at Blue Wahoos Stadium.
Brian Navarreto delivered the biggest hit for Pensacola in its battle with Biloxi here on a warm summer evening in Northwest Florida.
His double went screaming down the third-base line and into the outfield, the fielder with no shot at snagging the ball, driving in two runs with two outs in a tied game to put the Blue Wahoos in front for good in a 5-3 win over the Shuckers.
This moment, though, in front of a lively crowd of 5,038, was about more than just a player coming through with a clutch hit. This moment was about more than just helping his team win a baseball game it needed badly. Navarreto lost his grandmother, Carmen, on Thursday. She passed away in Atlanta.
The catcher out of Puerto Rico pointed to the sky, smiling as he stood on second base, the crowd cheering as the 3-3 tie evaporated and the Blue Wahoos grabbed the momentum once and for all to end a two-game losing streak.
“Watching my teammates celebrate, it’s an amazing feeling. I don’t have words to explain it,” Navarreto said.
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