Oct. 26, 2012
MYRTLE BEACH - The Black team swept a Friday evening baseball doubleheader from the Teal, 6-3 and 1-0, in the first two games of the three-game Chanticleer World Series, played at TicketReturn.com Field and Pelicans Park.
The series was altered due to the threat of Hurricane Sandy, playing the two games Friday and a single game Sunday at a time to be determined - likely late afternoon/early evening.
Also, even though the Black team has won two of the three games, the winner is determined based on a point system, factoring numerous criteria before the game, between innings and during the game. Thanks to the two wins, which are worth 10 points each, the Black team owns a 25-point lead with one game remaining.
"I've seen 40-plus point leads disappear in the past," said head coach Gary Gilmore, "so the Black team cannot let up one bit. It was great to sit behind home plate in the stands to get a different perspective while our former All-Americans David Anderson and Daniel Bowman coached the teams. I learned a lot and was pleased with a number of things I saw today from our guys. We have a lot of little things to work on, but those little things will be crucial in crunch time."
In game one, the Teal team, led by Bowman, jumped out to an early lead. With two out, first baseman Greg Brodzinski was hit by a pitch and he advanced to second on a wild pitch. Freshman designated hitter Tyler Chadwick (Waxhaw, N.C./Marvin Ridge HS) followed with an RBI single to right field.
In the third inning, the Teal team extended its lead to 3-0. Brian Pruett had a leadoff single, but was erased at second on Jake Kane's (Sugar Land, Texas/Dulles HS/Blinn JC) fielder's choice. Kane took second on an error, moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on Alex Buccilli's sacrifice fly to left. Luke Willis, who walked after Kane reached, stole second and scored on an RBI single to left by junior right fielder Colin Hering (Bellevue, La./Newport HS/Bellevue College).
The Black team was shut down over the first three innings by sophomore left-hander Ben Smith. However, their bats came alive in the top of the fourth to cut their deficit to one, 3-2. Chris Suseck drew a leadoff walk. The Black team would put runners on second and third thanks to a single by Will Remillard and an error on the Teal squad. Freshman Connor Owings (Leesville, S.C./Gilbert HS) plated Suseck with a single and Justin Creel brought home Remillard with a ground out.
The Black squad tied the game at 3-3 in the fourth as Jacob May hit a a leadoff triple to center field and scored on a passed ball. The Black team put three runs on the scoreboard in the sixth and held on for the win. Owings started the sixth with a walk. He was caught leaning at first, but an error allowed him to take second. A sac bunt and fielder's choice RBI by pinch hitter Johnny Cole (Davie, Fla./Archbishop McCarthy HS/Palm Beach Atlantic Univ.) scored Owings. Freshman shortstop Nick Oberg (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla./Palm Beach Gardens HS) drove in Cole with a double down the right field line and scored on an RBI single by freshman Dan Neff (Lancaster, Pa./Lampeter-Strasburg HS).
The Black got out of the fifth and sixth innnigs with double plays. Freshman Seth Lamando (Hopewell Junction, N.Y./Ketcham HS) entered the game for the Black with two on a no out, but a pop out and a double play in the sixth before retiring all three batters faced in the seventh to get the win. Tyler Herb started for the Black, pitching four innings with three strike outs and allowing two hits, three runs (two earned) and a walk. Freshman Brady Arenson (Glenview, Ill./New Trier HS) working an inning plus two batters, surrendering one hit and one walk before giving way to Lamando.
After the win, Anderson, Black team manager, gave Coach Gilmore an autographed copy of the lineup card and said "that is one (win), I'm coming after you now."
While Smith pitched well, striking out four of the first seven batters he faced, he left the game after four innings and a 3-2 lead. Smith allowed three hits and two runs (one earned ) with six strikeouts and two walks.
In game two, the pitchers dueled as the two team combined for only seven hits.
The Teal had an excellent chance to score in the first inning; loading the bases as Black pitcher Austin Wallace allowed a pair of walks and a hit batter. Freshman Zach Remillard (Cohoes, N.Y./La Salle Institute) hit the ball hard, but Owings plucked the ball out of the air and threw out Buccilli at second for an inning-ending double play.
In the third, Teal made an impressive play to keep the game scoreless. Justin Creel reached on an error and tried to score from first on a double by Cole. However, Hering made a strong throw to Pruett, who in turn fired a strike to Chadwick for the out. Two innings later, the Black team loaded the bases with two outs. Creel tried to score on a wild pitch, but would eventually get tagged out in a run down for the final out of the frame.
In the sixth, May walked with one out, took second on a passes ball and scored what proved to be the game's only run and an RBI single by Owings.
Wallace did not factor in the decision, pitching four scoreless innings. He allowed one hit and three walks with a strikeout. Tyler Poole, who Coach Gilmore praised for his impressive outing, struck out one in his lone inning, but did allow two hits. Freshman Brock Hunter (McLean, Va./McLean HS) pitching to two batters in the sixth, striking out one, before giving way to Aaron Burke, who got the win. Burke recorded an out to end the sixth, got a line out to first to start the seventh, allowed a single, got a fly out and ground out to close out the game.
For the Teal, freshman Alex Cunningham (Duncan, S.C./Byrnes HS) struck out three over 4.2 scoreless innings, allowing two hits and a walk. Austin Kerr was saddled with the loss, allowing three walks, one hit and one run with a strikeout in his one inning of work. Mike Morrison (Leesville, S.C./Gilbert HS) recorded the final out in the sixth for the Teal.