JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Sept. 30, 2007) - The East Tennessee State baseball team wrapped up its fall practice this weekend, with the Gold team posting back-to-back victories Sunday to claim the annual Blue/Gold Fall World Series crown at Cardinal Park. The Gold team held on to a 9-6 win in game one, and cruised to a 5-2 victory in the nightcap.
Jay Sandos' (Voice of the Bucs/Network Director) Blue squad entered play Sunday needing only one win to claim the title, but Phillip Al-Mateen's (Director of Business/Ticket Operations) Gold team fought hard in game one and carried the momentum into game two to capture the crown.
Junior Nick Belcher (
Belcher accounted for a large portion of the Gold's offense in the final game, going 3-for-3 with a double, home run, two RBI and three runs scored. The Abingdon,
The Blue team missed out on scoring opportunities in the second and third, but finally got on the board when freshman Derek Trent (
Gold struck early in game one, plating six runs on five hits in the first frame and tacked on two more runs in the second. Al-Mateen's group had six consecutive players reach base in the first, starting with Belcher's one out double. Two local seniors stepped up in the clutch as Jon Edmonds (
The Blue squad cut the margin in half as they scored four runs in the third. Trent, Russell, Byrne, and Bubba Herbold (
With the win, the Gold squad will now enjoy a meal from their favorite restaurant at Barberitos; while the Blue team has to participate in the Tri-Cities Race For the Cure-5K, on Oct. 7 in
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