Oct. 22, 2011
HUNTINGTON, W.VA. – Coach Blain’s team used a five run performance in the top of the sixth inning to battle back from a four run deficit and knock off Coach Waggoner’s team 6-5. The game was the second of the Marshall Fall World Series and the win from Blain’s team makes the series even at 1-1.
Blain’s team, who wore green attire during the match, booked the first score of the game during the top of the second inning. Nolan Tucci used a sacrifice bunt from Sergio Leon to advance to second base after getting on from a walk. During the next at bat, a botced throw from Coach Waggoner’s second baseman, Travis McConnell, helped Tucci advance to third and cross homeplate as well, giving Blain’s team a 1-0 lead.
Waggoner’s team responded in the bottom of the third with a huge five run inning. The inning started with McConnell getting to first after being hit by a pitch by pitcher John McGillicuddy. After a successful bunt from Isaac Ballou that advanced McConnell to second, it took a single up the right side from Gray Stafford to push McConnell and Ballou through to home for a two run play. Thor Meeks added to the new lead with a home run that sailed out of leftfield and scored Stafford and Gomez and gave Waggoner’s team a 5-1 lead.
Trailing by four runs and following two scoreless innings, it took a five run sixth inning from Coach Blain’s team to rally back and win the ball game. Eric Semeniuk started the inning with a single that slipped through the left part of the diamond. Eric Escobedo then reached first through an error by an Waggoner’s shortstop and Louie Helmburg earned two RBIs after a single through the left side allowed Semeniuk and Escobedo both to score.
Now trailing 5-3 in the same inning, Waggoner replaced pitcher Joe Beane with Joe Church
. Church first faced Tucci and threw four balls to send him to first. With Helmburg at third and Tucci now on first, Leon put a single through to centerfield, scoring Helmburg and putting the score 5-4. With Tucci now on third, Mikey Jimenez stepped to the plate and mirrored the result after knocking a ball through the right side and scoring Tucci. Adrian Farris helped add another run to the board with a single that scored Margaritonda (pinch runner for Leon) and sent Jimenez to third.
Waggoner’s team still hadn’t gotten any outs in the inning and so he sent Mike Mason to replace Church. Mason stepped up and got Waggoner’s team out of the inning with two strikeouts and forcing a hit that threw out Jimenez.
Blain used a combination of Kyle Kessler and Terrence Moore in the ensuing two innings to keep Waggoner scoreless and earn the 6-5 win.
Moore earned the save and had two strike outs in 1.0 innings of pitching. Kessler pitched 1.0 innings and had a flawless line besides one walk. Matt Hummel was credited with the win after pitching 2.0 innings and keeping Waggoner’s team at bay with zero hits, zero runs, and zero earned runs. John McGillicuddy was the starting pitcher and threw 3.0 innings, giving up four hits, five runs and five earned runs. He threw two strikeouts and had two walks.
Joe McGillicuddy started for Waggoner’s team and threw 3.0 innings and gave up two hits, one run and had no earned runs against him. Christian Lockett followed with 2.0 innings pitched and didn’t give up any hits, runs or earned runs and collected three strikeouts. Beane entered in the sixth inning and gave up two hits, three runs and two earned runs and Church finished with three hits, two runs and two earned runs in the same inning. Mike Mason finished the last two innings and posted a zero hit, zero run, zero earned run line and had three strikeouts.
Offensively, Blain’s team was led by Farris and Semeniuk, who had two hits each, while Helmburg, Leon and Jimenez had one hit apiece. Helmburg also had two RBIs while Farris, Leon and Jimenez had an RBI each.
Thor Meeks had the best day on Waggoner’s team with a homerun that gave him three RBIs and the catcher finished with two hits. Ballou, Gomez and Stafford all each had a hit and Stafford collected two RBIs.
The third game of the Fall World Series will start tomorrow at 1:00 p.m. and will conclude the weekend’s game. The series will pick back up next week, with the first game on Thursday.