Oct. 8, 2002
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Scarlet scored twice in the bottom of the seventh inning to take a 2-1 win over Gray in game two of the Scarlet and Gray World Series Tuesday at Bill Davis Stadium. The series is tied 1-1.
Centerfielder Mike Rabin (So., West Chester, Ohio/Lakota East) sent a shot right up the middle to lead off the bottom of the seventh and final inning. Gray right-handed pitcher Matt Davis (So., Mason, Ohio/William Mason) Davis then hit shortstop Brett Garrard (Jr., Brownsburg, Ind./Brownsburg) to put runners at first and second. Davis struck out Christian Snavely (Jr., Defiance, Ohio/Defiance) but gave up a game-tying base hit to rightfielder Doug Larason (Jr., Alexandria, Ohio/Johnstown). His shot to right was then scooped up by Higinio Rivera (Fr., Lorain, Ohio/Southview), who tried to throw out Garrard at third base. The throw was wide of the base and Garrard scored on the play to lift the Scarlet to the one-run victory.
Third baseman Terry Pettorini (Jr., Wooster, Ohio/Wooster), who was celebrating his 22nd birthday Tuesday, gave the Gray a 1-0 lead in the second inning with a solo blast off the foul pole in left field.
The Scarlet threatened in the fourth inning loading the bases with a base hit, a hit-by-pitch and a walk. But Davis got second baseman Brian Panke (So., Jenks, Okla./Jenks) to ground into a double play to end the inning with the 1-0 lead intact.
With two out in the top of the fifth inning, the Gray loaded the bases on right-handed pitcher Kyle Brown (Sr., Washington Court House, Ohio/Washington). With Pettorini at the plate, Scarlet catcher Kelly Houser (Fr., New Holland, Ohio/Adena) picked off Rivera at third for the final out of the inning.
Larason finished the game 3-for-4 from the plate with one RBI.
Brown got the win for the Scarlet. In his seven innings, he gave up six hits and had just two strikeouts. Davis got the loss for the Gray despite six strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings. Only one of the two runs was earned on eight hits.
There were four errors by the Gray team and two on the Scarlet.
The series continues Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at Bill Davis Stadium. The Thursday will game begin at 3 p.m., while Friday’s game, if necessary, will also be at 3 p.m. Admission is free.