Oct. 21, 2011
HUNTINGTON, W.VA. - The Marshall baseball team started the annual Fall World Series on Friday afternoon and Coach Waggoner's green team ran away with it in the end against Coach Blain's black team, 5-2. The competition was the first of six games planned for the Fall World Series and had a seven inning format.
The competition featured Ryan Hopkins as the black team's starting pitcher and Aaron Blair as the black's starter on the mound.
Hopkins pitched for 5.0 innings and recorded three strike outs and gave up two hits, two runs and one earned run. Blair went 4.0 innings and handed out four strikeouts and gave up two hits, two runs and two earned runs.
Matt Margaritonda entered as relief for Blain's black team at the top of the sixth and gave up five hits, three runs and two earned runs that helped team green earn the win.
Team black had two pitchers come in after Blair's four inning performance. Lance Elder pitched for 2.0 innings and had a one hit, zero runs, zero earned runs line, along with two strike outs. Jesse Fernandez earned a save after entering in the top of the seventh and sustained the three run lead with a zero hit, zero run, zero earned run line and one strikeout.
The black squad got on the board first in the first inning after Eric Semeniuk notched a hit that sent Felix Marte around to home, pushing the score 1-0.
Coach Blain's team extended their lead in the third inning after Mikey Jimenez earned a double with a crack past the left part of the diamond. After advancing to third from a ground out by Adrian Farris, Marte hit a sacrifice fly to send Farris in and make the score 2-0.
The green team started to trim the lead in the bottom of the fourth when Gray Stafford reached first on an error by team black's shortstop. Stafford went on to steal second base and a single up the right side of the field by Nate Gomez allowed Stafford to score, putting the score at 2-1.
In the following inning, the green team scored again after Issac Ballou started the inning with a single up the middle. Tripp Faulk then laid a sacrifice bunt to advance Ballou. Ballou reached third off a ground out from Andrew Dundon and a wild pitch from Hopkins let Ballou sprint home and tie the score 2-2.
The green team ran away with the game in the bottom of the sixth after collecting three runs to take the lead. Thor Meeks started the inning with a bang and slammed a ball off the scoreboard in left field to record the first homer of the Fall World Series and take the lead 3-2. Gomez extended the lead to 4-2 after Ballou hit a single to right center to bat Gomez in. The final run of the game came after Taylor McConnell scored off a single from Stafford.
Ballou and Gomez led the green team in hits with two and shared an RBI with Stafford and Meeks. Semeniuk had the most hits for the black team with two and Jimenez added one. Semeniuk and Marte recorded RBIs for team black to account for their two runs.
The second game of the Fall World Series will be tomorrow, starting at 1:00 p.m. at the Kennedy Center.