Oct. 14, 2011
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Gray scored three runs in the seventh to tie it and three more in the eighth to defeat Scarlet, 8-5, in Game 1 of the Scarlet & Gray World Series Friday evening at Bill Davis Stadium.
Gray jumped out to the early 2-0 lead in the second. Brad Hallberg singled to lead off the inning but was thrown out at second on Patrick Porter’s sacrifice bunt attempt. Porter then stole second and Phil Jaskot and Ryan Wonders each followed with a walk to load the bases. Kirby Pellant then plated Porter with a sacrifice fly to center and Tim Wetzel drove in Jaskot with a single to center.
In the meantime, Gray starter Brian King, a transfer from Chandler-Gilbert Community College, was shutting down Scarlet, allowing one hit over the first three frames.
However, King ran into trouble in the fourth. Brad Hutton singled to lead off the inning but he was erased when Ross Oltorik grounded into a double play. Derek Hannahs then blooped a double down the right field line and was driven in when Blake Hutton tripled to deep center. Freshman Ryan Leffel then gave Scarlet the 3-2 lead, drilling a two-run home run to left to cap off the inning.
David Corna then doubled the Scarlet lead to 4-2 with a solo home run to left in the bottom of the fifth. Brad Hutton then doubled off the left field wall before King was replaced by Paul Geuy. Geuy came on and induced a groundout to short off the bat of Oltorik but Hannahs singled to center to drive in Hutton and make it 5-2 Scarlet after five.
After Porter and Jaskot had reached to lead off the Gray half of the sixth, Scarlet reliever Trace Dempsey struck out Wonders swinging and induced a 4-6-3 double play by Pellant to end the threat and preserve the 5-2 lead.
Gray was down to its final out with two on and two out in the top of the seventh but Porter sent a Robert Sakosky offering off the scoreboard in right-center to tie the game at 5-5 heading to the bottom of the seventh.
Scarlet then loaded the bases in the bottom of the frame on a double to right-center by Corna, an intentional walk to Brad Hutton and a walk to Oltorik before Geuy was replaced in favor of David Fathalikhani. The junior came on to get Hannahs to ground into an inning-ending 4-6-3 double play on a very close call by the first base umpire.
Gray used an error, three walks, a two-run single by Hallberg and a wild pitch to take the lead with three in the top of the eighth before Fathalikhani shut Scarlet down to end it.
Hallberg went 3-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored while Porter tallied three RBI and two runs scored for Gray. Corna, Brad Hutton, Hannahs and Leffel each had two hits for Scarlet. Fathalikhani picked up the win for Gray.
Game 2 of the series is slated for 3 p.m. Saturday at Bill Davis Stadium. Admission is free.