Oct. 7, 2012

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Scarlet topped Gray, 4-3, in the opener of the Scarlet and Gray World Series Sunday evening at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium.

Scarlet took the lead in the bottom of the first inning off Gray starter Brett McKinney. Kirby Pellant led off the game with a sharp single to center, moved to second on a groundout by Joe Ciamacco and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Pellant suffered an injury on the play and was lifted for Greg Solomon, who gave Scarlet a 1-0 lead when he scored on a wild pitch.

Gray then came back to knot the score at 1-1 in the top of the third against Scarlet starter Brian King. Robert Sakosky led off the inning with an infield single, advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Ryan Gyrion and scored on an RBI single by Tim Wetzel.

Ciamacco led off the inning with a single up the middle and came around to score on an RBI double to left-center be Ryan Cypret. After a single by Patrick Porter put runners at the corners with nobody out, Jacob Bosiokovic singled through the left side to bring home Cypret. With Scarlet still threatening with runners on first and second and nobody out, McKinney was able to strike out Zach Ratcliff and Ryan Wonders before Jacob Brobst was retired on a great play up the middle by Gray shortstop Craig Nennig.

Gray responded in the top of the fifth when infield singles from pinch-hitter Joe Stoll and Ryan Gyrion cut the Scarlet advantage to 3-2.

An inning later, a single by up the middle by Brad Hallberg off Scarlet reliever David Fathalikhani scored pinch-runner Jaron Long to tie the game at 3-3.

Things stayed quiet until the bottom of the seventh when Michael Koltak walked Wonders and hit Brobst before Trace Dempsey came on in relief. After a sacrifice bunt and a strikeout, Dempsey intentionally walked Ciamacco to load the bases before hitting Cypret to score Wonders with the game-winning run.

Cypret finished 1-for-3 with two RBI and a run scored while King pitched well in a no-decision, allowing two earned runs while striking out four over 5.0 innings pitched. Greg Greve struck out a batter over a scoreless 1.1 innings pitched to earn the win.

The two teams meet in Game 2 of the series at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium.