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October 25, 2013
South Carolina wraps up the fall practice season this weekend with the Garnet and Black World Series.
Game No. 1 is in the books and, as the away team, the Garnet took the series lead with a 4-0 victory over the Black.
With the start for the Garnet, Jack Wynkoop was the winning pitcher Friday. Will Crowe took the loss for the Black. Both starters pitched well but a little bit of hard luck for Crowe was the difference in the opening game of the series.
As the designated hitter for the Garnet, Weber Pike was the offensive hero going 2-for-4 with a base on balls and two RBIs. His base hit in the second inning was all the Garnet pitchers would need to preserve the win.
Crowe started the game by surrendering a hit to lead-off batter Elliott Caldwell. Caldwell would be caught stealing by catcher Logan Koch and, with that, Crowe settled in striking out four of the next five batters he faced.
In the fourth, Crowe plunked center fielder Tanner English to lead off the inning. English would steal second and reach third on a ground out. With two down, Pike opened up scoring when a tricky hop found its way past first baseman Kyle Martin. Coming off the end of the bat, the ball hit in front of Martin's glove hand before bouncing over his right shoulder plating English for first run of the game.
Crowe would not get out of the fifth after allowing the first two batters to reach base. Shortstop Jordan Gore lead off the inning with a double and was brought home by second baseman Marcus Mooney's base knock giving the Garnet a 2-0 advantage.
The four runs surrendered by the Black pitchers would be more than enough for the Garnet hurlers. Jack Wynkoop, Joel Seddon, Hunter Privette, Matt Vogel and Cody Mincey combined to keep a clean score sheet for their Garnet. Wynkoop pitched five inning of shutout ball allowing six hits and waking one. He struck out three for the win.
Vogel did make things interesting in the ninth. With his team leading 4-0, Vogel entered into the game in the ninth to close it out. Instead, he left a mess for Mincey. Vogel would walk all three batters he faced forcing Mincey to inherit a base-loaded and no out jam. Mincey was up for the task striking out Koch for the first out.
Third baseman Matt Williams would fly out to short right and right fielder Patrick Harrington struck out to end the game.
MOONEY SOLID AT THE PLATE: Marcus Mooney played second base and batted in the nine-hole for the Garnet Friday. He was 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI. Both outs he made were sharply hit balls directly and the third baseman. He continues to separate himself from DC Arendas as the starting short stop. He brings too much to the team offensively.
PIKE IS PEEKING: DH Weber Pike continues to perform at the plate. Batting clean up Friday, Pike was the offensive star of the game. Going 2-for-4 and reaching base three times, Pike drove in two runs. Pike may be peeking this fall but he is forcing Chad Holbrook to take a long look at what he adds to the team.
CROWE IS THE REAL DEAL: Though he took the loss Friday, Will Crowe's talent is evident. Any question about right-handed starters is answered with Crowe. If I were to make a guess today, Montgomery, Crowe and Wynkoop would be the starting weekend rotation in that order. If this team finds their closer and a true set-up man, their poised for another deep run in June.
MINCEY BIG AT THE END: Cody Mincey's performance in the ninth is worth noting. He has several different pitches and can throw from several different angles. His arm is lively and he peppered the strike zone after Vogel walked the bases loaded. Even entering the game, Mincey had a huge grin on his face and looked confident with the game on the line. For those in attendance, Mincey impressed.
UP NEXT: The Garnet and Black World Series continues Saturday at 1:00 and is open to the public.
Black: DC Arendas (1-2, 2 BB) Max Schrock (1-4) Logan Koch (1-4, 1 K) Joy Pankake (1-4) Matt Williamds (1-4)
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