Oct. 13, 2011
Nashville, Tenn. -
The Gold Team claimed Game 1 of the Black & Gold Series with an 8-3 win over the Black Team Thursday night at Hawkins Field.
The Gold squad wasted no time jumping out to an early lead with four runs in the second inning sending 10 men to the plate. Will Cooper's RBI-single started the rally and was followed by run-scoring singles from Tony Kemp and Jack Lupo. The Gold Team added four more runs, all unearned, in the third inning. With two outs Lupo's two-run triple ignited the four-run rally with Riley Reynolds' two-run single capping the inning. Lupo, Kemp and Cooper all had two hits to pace the Gold Team with Lupo driving in three runs and Cooper scoring two runs.
The Black Team clawed out three runs in the sixth inning thanks to a pair of wild pitches and a Connor Castellano RBI-single. D.J. Luna and Connor Harrell led the Black Team with two hits apiece.
Gold Team starter Sam Selman was sharp over five scoreless innings to earn the win. The lefty fanned five and scattered seven hits over his five innings, including working out of a bases loaded jam in the second inning. Freshmen Philip Pfeifer and Nevin Wilson each turned in scoreless outings for their respective teams.
The two teams play Friday night at 6 p.m. at The Hawk. Admission is free to the public.
Pitchers are athletes too
Anyone who says pitchers are not athletes should have been at Hawkins Field Thursday night when Keenan Kolinsky played left field for the Gold Team. After being called into action when freshman Vince Conde had to leave to take a test, the left-handed pitcher made the play of the night in the fifth inning making a running, diving catch in the left field corner to rob Connor Castellano of extra bases. The play excited center fielder Tony Kemp and shortstop Joel McKeithan so much both players ran all the way to left field to chest bump Kolinsky.
First baseman Conrad Gregor stole two bases on the night matching his total from last season.