After huge offensive starts to all three previous games by Team Scarlet, Game 4 turned into a pitcher’s duel for the better part of the evening, with Team Gray’s Isaiah Coupet going five shutout innings followed by a scoreless outing by Ethan Hammerberg. Team Gray added one run in the fourth inning and two more in the sixth inning to cap a 3-0 victory and even the series at 2-2 heading into Game 5 on Saturday.
Team Gray starter Isaiah Coupet pitched five scoreless innings, striking out four Scarlet batters and allowing just five runners to reach base. Ethan Hammerberg entered in the sixth inning and immediately made his presence felt, mowing down the heart of the Scarlet lineup and then staying on for the final inning to close to deal.
The bats were quiet for Team Gray until Joey Aden’s one-out blast of a double made its way off of the center field wall, allowing Nick Erwin, who walked to lead off the inning, to reach home and break the scoreless tie in the top of the fourth. The score of 1-0 would hold until the sixth inning, when Brady Emerson singled to lead off the frame, followed by Joey Aden reaching base again, this time with a walk. Freshman Gianni Passarelli bunted the two runners over, with his sacrifice setting up a two-RBI single by fellow freshman Trey Lipsey to give Team Gray a 3-0 lead. Lipsey walked twice and was hit by a pitch in his previous three at-bats. Hank Thomas also doubled for Team Gray in the fifth inning.
For Scarlet, freshman Josh McAlister led the way, going 2-3 with two singles. Mitchell Okuley and Nolan Clegg each singled, but Team Scarlet was unable to push a run across the board despite out-hitting Team Gray. Starter Griffan Smith took the loss despite pitching out of a few jams in his four-inning outing, allowing only one hit and the one run driven in by Aden in his final inning of work. Nate Karaffa pitched one scoreless inning for Team Scarlet in the fifth, with Trent Jones pitching the sixth inning and giving up two runs.
The fifth and final game of the series will now be a rubber-match with the set now tied at 2-2. Game 5 will have a first pitch slated for 3:00 PM Saturday.