JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Oct. 13, 2008) - The Blue team won the 10th annual Blue/Gold World Series this past weekend defeating the Gold team 12-5 in game six at Cardinal Park.
In game five, the Gold squad jumped out in front early as Ben Allen (Kingsport, Tenn.) singled in Jacob Fabry (Chattanooga, Tenn.) to make the score 1-0 Gold in the first. Later in the inning, Danny Petro (Atlanta, Ga.) added to the lead as he singled in Nick Belcher (Abingdon, Va.) and Allen, while Chas Byrne (Johnson City, Tenn.) singled to left to score Petro to give the Gold a 4-0 lead. Belcher capped off the scoring in the first as he singled to right bringing in Fabry to make the score 5-0.
The Blue squad answered in the top of the second as Matthew Scruggs (Knoxville, Tenn.) hit a towering three-run home run over the fence in left to cut the Gold lead to 5-3. In the top of the third, Derek Trent (Kingsport, Tenn.) tied things up as he hit a two-run shot to right center to make the score 5-5.
The Gold squad didn't waste any time retaking the lead as Fabry came in to score on a Belcher bunt in the bottom of the third to give the Gold a 6-5 lead. In the same inning, Byrne came in to score on an Allen ground ball to short to increase the gold lead to 7-5.
In the bottom of the fifth Allen again added to the Gold advantage as he singled to left scoring Belcher to go up 8-5. The Gold would score two more in the inning as Allen scored on a ball hit to second by Trey Dunnigan (Boone, N.C.) and Petro scored on a Fabry single up the middle to make the score 10-5.
The Gold team added two more in the sixth as Belcher scored on an overthrow, and Rankhorn singled to left driving in Allen to give the Gold a 12-5 lead. Trent hit a solo home run in the top of the seventh, but it would not be enough as the Gold squad hung on to win game five 12-6.
Allen earned MVP honors for the Gold as he had two this and drove in three. Byrne threw six innings allowing five runs and struck out nine getting the win. Fabry was 4-for-5 for the Gold squad, while Paul Hoilman (Johnson City, Tenn.) had three hits for the Blue.
In game six, the Blue team got in front early as Troy Mendez (Roswell, Ga.) came in to score on a Hoilman double to left making the score 1-0 Blue through one inning. Mendez added to the lead in the second as he doubled to left scoring Cody Bentley (Pound, Va.) to increase the lead to 2-0 Blue. The Blue squad scored three more runs on two Gold errors to make the score 5-0.
Petro put the Gold team on the board in the top of the third as he singled in Byrne to cut the lead to 5-1. In the bottom half, Cory Betterson (Lithonia, Ga.) came in to score on yet another Gold error to make the Blue advantage 6-1. Later in the inning, Hoilman doubled in Scruggs and Mendez to increase the Blue lead to 8-1 through three innings.
Despite the big deficit, the Gold team continued to cut into the Blue lead as Chris Rankhorn (Gallatin, Tenn.) came in to score on a Fabry single to make the score 8-2. Dunnigan came in to score in the sixth as Byrne singled to center to make the score 8-3. In the top of the sixth, the Gold scored two more runs as Petro doubled to left driving in Allen, and Dunnigan singled in Petro to cut the Blue lead to 8-5.
The Blue team added a couple insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth, as Trent and Bo Reeder (Cookeville, Tenn.) scored on a Garrett May (Roswell, Ga.) single, while May and Betterson scored on a Mendez double to right to make the score 12-5 Blue.
Dustin Plumlee (Powell, Tenn.) pitched a scoreless seventh to ensure the World Series win for the Blue team.
Mendez was named the MVP for game six as Mendez had two doubles, scored three runs and had two RBI for the Blue team, while the Gold squad had four players with two hits.
Trent earned the Blue/Gold World Series MVP as he had 11 RBI, scored eight runs and had four home runs for the Blue squad leading them to a 4-2 series win. Please visit www.ETSUBucs.com for more information on ETSU baseball or any other Buccaneer athletic team.