Saturday, October 09, 2010
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Oct. 8, 2010) - The Blue Squad put on a dominant performance Friday night as they jumped out to an early lead and never looked back going on to win 14-7 against the Gold in game one of the Blue/Gold World Series.
Senior Bo Burton (Kingsport, Tenn.) set the tone for the Blue Team throwing 5.0 strong innings as he picked up the win. Burton stuck out five while only allowing two runs in the contest. Sophomore Scott McNally (Roswell, Ga.) was good in relief keeping the Gold from making a comeback.
"I was very pleased with the energy and passion that the Blue team brought to the park today," said head coach Tony Skole. "From the first pitch they got after it and never let up the entire game. I thought Bo Burton was as good as I have ever seen him on the mound tonight."
The Blue Team jumped out to an early 7-0 lead scoring two runs in the first inning and five in the second. Freshman Clinton Freeman (Jonesborough, Tenn.) exploded for an RBI triple and an inside the park home run in the first two innings.
Senior Paul Hoilman (Johnson City, Tenn.) looked to get the Gold on track in the third as he drilled a two-run homer over the fence in left center, but the Blue Squad never relinquished the lead.
"Skyler Barnett had a big night, and really swung the bat well as did Clinton Freeman," Skole said. "Hoilman also continued his torrid pace this fall as he just continues to be a very difficult out."
Andrew Green (Powell, Tenn.) and Skyler Barnett (Johnson City, Tenn.) both went 3-for-5 on the day as Barnett had a home run and two doubles, while Freeman was 2-for-5 with a homerun and a triple for the Blue Team.
Offensively for the Gold Squad, Hoilman was 3-for-4 with a HR and a triple, while junior John Long (Anderson, S.C.) was 3-for-5.
"Defensively we have played at a very high level all fall, but I thought tonight we went backwards as we struggled to make the routine plays," Skole added. "Our young kids have to understand that if you can't defend, then you can't play at the Division I level. I am optimistic that in tomorrow's game we will be better defensively"
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