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"I've always done what I was taught," Hamer said, who was visibly upset at the time with the delayed call. "There's a certain angle that you can't go past. I just do the basic 45 [degrees]."
To the home plate umpire, Hamer said: 'I've done what I'm taught...the home plate umpire said that I was leaning towards home. I'm like: 'That's what I've always done. I've done that [pick-off move] four or five times before."
"The game was decided on an umpire balk call," North coach Todd Genke said. "I totally disagree with it...it's totally the wrong call. It's a shame that the game has to be decided because of it."
The explanation: "[The home plate umpire] said our pitcher (Hamer) was coming towards home plate. I simply asked: 'Why didn't the first base umpire make the call because he has the best view of it with the rubber?'"
"And he said, evidently, [the first base umpire] didn't see it," Genke continued. "We also didn't make a play on a pretty routine ground ball that kept the inning alive...I'm proud of how we fought."
Hamer later smacked an RBI double in the fifth to inch the North Stars within 3-2. Later, he just missed a two-run homer the seventh, his drive caught in right field directly in front of the fence.
"I've been out here a couple times, and I've seen that ball cost us a couple ball games," East coach Len Asquini said. "I had a re-occurring vision. I've seen that cost us some runs and some ball games."
"Ben Testo, coming in there as a defensive replacement, did a great job staying with that ball, getting to the fence and making a huge catch...for him that was a huge, huge moment."