Oct. 13, 2005
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Gray tied the game 1-1 in the bottom of the fifth and then exploded for five runs in the sixth and then held off a Scarlet comeback in the top of the seventh to win 6-3 over Scarlet in game two of the Scarlet and Gray World Series Thursday at Bill Davis Stadium.
Gray won game one 7-2 Wednesday and took a 2-0 lead in the three-game series, but that does not matter in determining the winner of this year’s series. The winner will be the team that allows the fewest runs during all three games. Gray has outscored Scarlet 13-5. Scarlet finds itself in an eight-run hole with seven innings remaining in the series and would need to win the series finale by a huge margin to claim the series.
Scarlet jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the top of the third inning. Jason Zoeller (Jr., Verona, Pa./Shady Side Academy) delivered a one-out single, but was snagged at second on a fielder’s choice by Jacob Howell (Jr., Ashland, ohio/Ashland). Howell went to second on a wild pitch by Gray starter Cory Luebke (So., Maria Stein, Ohio/Marion Local) and then scored on a single to center by Adam Schneider (Jr., Agoura Hills, Calif./Agoura) for the early lead.
Gray scored the equalizer in the fifth thanks to a lead-off base hit by Ben Toussant (Fr., Upper Arlington, Ohio/Upper Arlington). He went to second on a ground out by Matt Angle (So., Whitehall, Ohio/Whitehall-Yearling) and then scored on a single to right by Tony Kennedy (So., Bloomington, Ind./Bloomington South) to even the score 1-1.
Scarlet went to reliever Dan McCauley (Fr., Freemont, Ind./Freemont) to start pitch the bottom of the sixth to the Gray. He immediately gave up three straight base hits. Kris Moorman (Jr., St. Henry, Ohio/St. Henry) reached on a infield single to short and then stole second before being awarded third on a balk. He scored on a single to right by Wes Schritzinger (Jr., Westerville, Ohio/Westerville North) to break the tie. Josh Hula (Fr., Castalia, Ohio/Margaretta) beat out a bunt single that sent Schirtzinger to third. Schirtzinger ended up scoring on a throwing error by McCauley trying to pick off Hula who was trying to get to second. Hula moved to third on the miscue and scored on a sac fly by Zach Hurley (Fr., Springboro, Ohio/Springboro).
McCauley walked Toussant, but became the second out on a fielder’s choice by Angle. Angle stole second and then scored on a double down the left-field line by Kennedy. He scored the fifth run of the inning when Ronnie Bourquin (Jr., Canton, Ohio/Canton South) doubled to right-center field.
Scarlet answered with three straight hits to start the top of the seventh. J.B. Shuck (Fr., Galion, Ohio/Galion) led off with a single to left-center and then Chris Macke (So., Terre Haute, Ind./Terre Haute North) followed with a single to left. Jonathan Zizzo (So., Youngstown, Ohio/Sarasota [Fla.]) plated Shuck for the second Scarlet run of the game with a single to left. Macke, who went to second on the single by Zizzo reached third on a fly out by Zoeller and then scored on a sacrifice fly by Howell. Gray reliever Matthew Selhorst (Fr., Westerville, Ohio/St. Charles) walked the next batter before getting Chris Griffin (Fr., Pickerington, Ohio/Pickerington North) to fly out and end the game.
Kennedy and Schirtzinger led the Gray with two hits apiece, while Kennedy knocked in two RBI. Each team had nine hits in the game though Scarlet could not overcome two errors. Zoeller, the Scarlet second baseman, led all hitters in going 3-for-4.
Selhorst got the win for the Gray, while McCauley was tagged with the loss for the Scarlet. Scarlet starter Dan DeLucia allowed four hits in his five innings of work though McCauley allowed five runs on five hits in one inning of action. Luebke struck out three in 2.2 innings before giving way to Selhorst who allowed two runs on seven hits in 4.1 innings.
The teams close out the series Friday with first pitch at 3 p.m. Scarlet must win by at least nine runs to wrestle the series title from the Gray.