DeafDigest Sports – March 26, 2018

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Gallaudet baseball

GU almost steals game away from No. 9 Frostburg St.

WASHINGTON – Gallaudet University rallied late against ninth-ranked
Frostburg State University, on a cold and windy Sunday afternoon at Hoy
Field, and tied the baseball game in the eighth and had the game-tying run
on second base in the ninth before the Bison lost 10-8.

Gallaudet (3-15-1) served as the away team as the game was originally
scheduled at Frostburg but was moved to the nation’s capital due to snow
in Western Maryland.

The Bison came back from four runs down in the top of the eighth inning to
knot the game at 7. Senior outfielder Kyle Gumm (Dallas, Texas) came
through with the clutch two-run triple to center field and had the heads
up play of the day. Gumm stole home when the Frostburg catcher threw the
ball back to the pitcher as the quick Bison runner caught the Bobcat
defense napping. Gumm slid into home plate and jumped up with excitement
as Gallaudet had tied the game.

Frostburg (12-3) responded in the bottom of the eighth with three runs off
freshman pitcher Quintan Polito (Omaha, Neb.) to take a 10-7 lead.

The Bobcats turned to Mike Livingston to close out the game, as he got the
first two Bison batters to ground out. GU made a two-out rally as senior
Justin Strong (Charlotte, N.C.) singled to center field before catcher’s
interference and an infield throwing error prolonged the inning and
allowed Gallaudet to score its eighth run of the game.

Gallaudet had runners on second and third base before freshman Darren
Drolsbaugh (Lansdale, Pa.) grounded out to end the game.

A turning point in the game came in the bottom of the second inning when
Gallaudet starting pitcher Dylan Hayes (Endicott, N.Y.) got the first two
Bobcat batters out before Frostburg scored four times to take a 4-0 lead.

GU battled back with runs in the third, fourth and fifth innings to cut
Frostburg’s lead to 6-3 after five innings.


Junior Ryan Gilbert (Mount Dora, Fla.) and Gumm both had triples

Gumm and Drolsbaugh led the team with two runs scored

Gumm drove in two runs and stole two bases

Five different Bison had hits

Gallaudet will next host St. Mary’s College of Maryland (6-5) on Friday,
March 30, at 3 p.m. in a non-conference game.


college deaf basketball player

Matt Edwards


Catawba College (North Carolina)

men’s basketball

sat on the bench throughout his freshman and sophomore

this season:
Edwards has played in 3 games this season for the Catawba Indians,
averaging 1.3 points per game.

Edwards has yet to record an assist in 3 games this season

Edwards has yet to secure a rebound in 3 games this season.

last season:
played six games; but did not score a single point


Dummy Hoy stories we may not know about

— Dummy Hoy was small; was not a big man;
just 5’4 and 150 lbs

— Dummy Hoy was trained to repair shoes

— Dummy Hoy owned a shoe repair shop but
walked away to embark on a career in baseball

— Dummy Hoy was an “old man” at the age of
24 when he played his first minor league game

— Dummy Hoy, as a major league rookie, stole
82 bases setting a record that held for many
years for most bases stolen by a rookie

— Dummy Hoy’s stolen bases stats can be
funny; he only stole 33 bases his second year

— Dummy Hoy was laughed at by the manager of
Milwaukee Brewers in the 1880’s, thinking
the deaf cannot play baseball

— Dummy Hoy threw out three men at home
in one game

— Dummy Hoy had an incredible throwing
arm, collecting 45 assists in one season

— Dummy Hoy worked with his third base coach
to tell him if the pitch was a ball or a strike

— Dummy Hoy fans waved their hands while
cheering him

— Dummy Hoy’s last play of his career was in a
minor league game where he had to chase a
deep fly ball; a horse and a crowd of fans
stood in his way; he had to fight through
to catch the fly to prevent a home run.

— Dummy Hoy, after his playing days, adopted
a hearing nephew. That nephew grew up, becoming
a big sponsor of the Hearing Olympics and
owning a big bakery that delivered bread
in Los Angeles (Helm’s bakery)