Orange Drills Blue in Second Game, 9-2
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Orange team’s bats continued to sizzle on Tuesday night, racking up 15 hits in a 9-2 victory over the Blue in game two of the Orange and Blue World Series at Davenport Field. The Orange has won the first two games of the series after taking game one, 7-4 on Monday.
The teams will play game three of the series at 6 p.m. Thursday. That game will be the final of the first three-game series. Games 4-6 of the World Series also consist of a series, and there will be a Game 7 as well. Despite trailing the series 2-0, the Blue still could win the first series based on run differential. To do so, the Blue must win Game 3 by at least 11 runs.
Freshman Chris Taylor continued his strong series with a 3-for-5 night; he is 5-for-10 in the first two games. Dan Grovatt went 3-for-3 with three runs scored and two RBI. Stephen Bruno had a pair of doubles, while Keith Werman and Ryan Levine each went 2-for-4. Eight of the nine Orange starters recorded a hit.
For the Blue, Phil Gosselin, Corey Hunt and Rob Amaro each had two hits.
On the mound, Robert Morey stifled the Blue for 4.2 innings, allowing just a run, four hits and a walk while fanning five to earn the win. Shane Halley and Neal Davis combined to allow just a run and four hits over the final 4.1 innings.
Tyler Wilson took the loss for the Blue, giving up six runs (five earned) and nine hits over four innings. Whit Mayberry pitched the final four innings and allowed two earned runs.
The Orange wasted no time in taking control, scoring three runs in the first inning. The inning was punctuated by Grovatt’s triple which short-hopped the center-field wall and scored two runs.
The Orange stretched its lead in the third inning on an RBI single by Grovatt. On the play, Grovatt went to second on the throw to the plate and then scored from second when catcher Franco Valdes threw the ball away at second.
The Orange tacked on a run in the fourth when Levine doubled and scored on a Taylor double. The Blue broke through in the fifth, as Rob Amaro led off with a double, advanced to third on a Colin Harrington single and scored when Tyler Cannon grounded into a double play.
The lead grew to 9-1 in the seventh on an RBI single by Grovatt, and RBI double by Bruno and fielding error which allowed Grovatt to score. The Blue team added its final run in the eighth on an RBI single by Amaro.
Orange & Blue World Series (all games are at 6 p.m.)
Game 1: Orange 7, Blue 4
Game 2: Orange 9, Blue 2
Game 3: Thursday, October 8
Game 4: Tuesday, October 13
Game 5: Thursday, October 15
Game 6: Friday, October 16
(Ring Ceremony/Celebration of 2009 Team/Youth Baseball Day)
Game 7: Tuesday, October 20