With two out in the bottom of the seventh, an Elmira batter lays down a perfect bunt. Huyke pounces on the ball and throws him out. Then he hands the bat to the Elmira bat boy and walks back to his dugout. "Extra innings," he says. "We're gonna get them now. I can feel it. Man, I love this. What else could I do that I love so much? This is a beautiful game."
In the top of the eighth inning of this scheduled seven-inning game. Woody Huyke's prophecy is fulfilled. The Pirates score the first run of the game, and in the Elmira eighth Bruce Kison retires three batters on seven pitches to preserve his fifth victory of the year against four losses. As he walks off the mound he meets Huyke at the dugout and they shake hands. Woody says, "Bruce, I had a dream I would catch two shutouts today. No kidding! I dreamt it last night."
?The Waterbury Pirates won the Eastern League championship in 1970, and much of the credit went to Bruce Kison, who won all his starts after the Elmira game and finished the season with a 10-4 record and a 2.28 ERA—which is ironic because those were the same numbers as Woody Huyke's batting average, .228. In 1971 Kison is playing for the Pirates' top minor-league club, Charleston (W.Va.). He has started the season well, winning five out of six. Woody Huyke remains in Waterbury.