Oh, baby! High school baseball team wins tot-naming rights
Coach's wife says she's good with the name Benjamin Smalls
PALM BAY, Fla. – Benjamin Smalls it is.
Heritage High's baseball team guaranteed itself a winning season Tuesday night with an 8-1 win over Harmony, but it also earned a guarantee from coach Rob Querry and wife Julia. Their son, due in September, will take the name chosen by the Panthers themselves: Benjamin Smalls Querry.
Julia, the mom surprised by husband Rob's now-famous offer to his players to win baby-naming rights at 14 victories, drew a roar from the team when she announced in the post-game celebration, "Oh, I'm doing it."
Now 14-7, the Panthers are assured the first winning baseball season in Heritage's seven-year history, and pitcher Garrett Underwood's performance — along with a seven-run second inning — assured the win. Underwood pitched a complete game and struck out eight Longhorns, News 6 partner Florida Today reported.
Senior first baseman Michael Archer insisted the team isn't finished reaching goals.
"We're just getting started," he said. "We plan on going further than we have before. We've been working hard, grinding together."
They've also been giving interviews and enjoying more exposure than the average high school baseball team.
"This is something these kids will be talking about for the next 50 years," Heritage athletics director Greg McGrew said. "It sure has added a lot of excitement around here."
On Monday, the team met David Mickey Evans, the screenwriter of the cult-sports classic, The Sandlot, from which the team combined the names of two characters: Bennie "the Jet" and Scotty Smalls.
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