Furuto makes history at Rickwood

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Briarwood Christian&8217;s Luke Furuto joined the company of Babe Ruth, Reggie Jackson and Stan Musial on Monday, as a player to hit a ball over the right field fence at historic Rickwood Field.

&8220;It&8217;s amazing that I can be in that type of company. I&8217;m just blessed,&8221; Furuto said.

Furuto&8217;s two-run blast in the third inning, in addition to a nine-run fifth inning by the Lions, was the highlight of Briarwood&8217;s 18-8 Class 5A, Area 8 win over Ramsay.

&8220;I shook his hand as he came around third, and he was grinning all the way to the plate,&8221; Lions&8217; head coach Lee Hall said of Furuto&8217;s dinger. It broke the BCS single season home run record with his eighth on the year. The record was previously held by Kevin Shaffer with seven in 1988.

&8220;I didn&8217;t even know that,&8221; Furuto said when told the news. &8220;I&8217;m just privileged. Now I have something over my brother (Daniel), but it doesn&8217;t matter; my little brother&8217;s (Matthew) going to beat all of us.&8221;

Bentley Windle was a perfect 3-for-3 from the plate, while Michael Wise also had three hits. Kyle Ogard picked up the win.

Hall enjoyed watching his players play on the field that he last visited as an East-West All-Star in 1985.

&8220;It brought back some nice memories,&8221; he said.

Briarwood (21-10) met John Carroll in a one-game playoff last night to decide the area title. Results were not available at press time.