Blue Team Wins First Game of Blue/White World Series

Junior Bobby Freking homered for the White Team in the third inning
Junior Bobby Freking homered for the White Team in the third inning

Oct. 9, 2008

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CINCINNATI - The Blue Team pulled out a 7-6 final-inning win over the White Team in the first game of baseball's annual three-game fall Blue/White World Series Thursday afternoon at Hayden Field. The Blue Team was led by junior Zac Richard and freshman Danny Rinck who each had two hits on the day.

The Blue Team went ahead early in the mid-afternoon contest scoring three runs in the bottom of the first inning. Richard, hitting in the three-slot, singled and advanced on an error by the first baseman. Senior Sean Farrell was walked followed by a single from senior Jordan Conley to score Richard. Junior Jack Bonnikson was up next and his single enabled both Farrell and Conley to come home for the 3-0 lead.

The White Team answered in the top of the second frame as the first two White Team batters were walked to put runners at first and second. Sophomore Ryan Bellamy singled to left field, advancing both runners, and freshman Mark Elwell brought home senior Steve Brown with a single to the shortstop. Sophomore John McCambridge's single up the middle scored Bellamy followed by a single to left by senior Billy O'Conner. McCambridge beat out the throw at home and O'Conner made his way to second but would be left stranded as the White Team went up, 4-3.



In the top of the third, the White Team scored another run as junior Bobby Freking blasted a lead-off home run just inside the right field foul pole to take a lap around the bases. But the Blue Team would get a run back in the bottom of the frame as junior Neil Lindgren answered with a lead-off dinger of his own. After three, the White Team led, 5-4.

The fifth inning brought another run for both teams as the White squad's sophomore Ben Thomas led off with a double to left. Freking followed with a single to move Thomas to third and then he was able to make it home as Brown was put out at first on the next play. In the bottom of the inning, Rinck led off with a single up the middle and made it around to third on back-to-back White Team throwing errors. Lindgren was up next and Rinck made it home as he was put out at first.

The Blue Team headed into the bottom of the seventh, the last inning of the scrimmage, down by one, 6-5. Freshman Nick Hamilton opened the frame with a double to left. With Rinck at the plate, Hamilton scrambled to third after another White Team throwing error, and his single sent Hamilton home to tie the game at six apiece. Richard singled up the middle to put runners at first and second and Farrell was walked to load the bases. Conley was up with two outs and his ground ball was bobbled and dropped by the shortstop to allow the winning run to score. Rinck crossed homeplate to end the game with the Blue Team ahead, 7-6.

Freshman righty Dustin Reuter was credited with the win for the Blue Team after tossing 1.1 innings of relief. He allowed no hits and no runs while walking one. Freshman Nathan Mutsch was the starter for the Blue squad, pitching two complete innings and freshman Josh Deeg tossed 3.2 innings of middle relief.

For the White Team, sophomore Brian Muransky took the loss as he threw the final inning of the contest. He allowed two hits while walking one. Freshman Tyler Koors started the game for the White Team, tossing 3.0 innings (plus two batters in the fourth) and seniors Joe Kohler and Brett Greenwell added three total innings of middle relief.

The second game of the three-game series will be played on Saturday, Oct. 11 at 12 pm at Hayden Field.