JEFFERSON CITY, Tenn. – Carson-Newman's fall baseball World Series wrapped up its final game of the series on Tuesday afternoon with a game five final of 10-10 at the Silver Diamond Baseball Complex.
Coach Tyler Miller's orange side clinched the series 3-1 in yesterday's showdown but would need a seven-run victory in today's finale at a chance to win the overall run category. Despite the series loss, Joe Selitto's blue team led the category 23-17 entering the day.
Each team would trade runs in the first few innings as both took care of a plethora amount of walks, errors, and hit by pitches. The back and forth battle started in the first two innings of the game in which each team gathered single runs before the blue side took a 5-2 advantage which included a Hal Bishop triple. There were a total of 12 walks by both teams with six batters being plunked.
Blue's Dylan Bryant was dominant in three innings of relief retiring nine of the 10 batters he faced which included a consecutive streak of eight.
With Bryant exiting the game heading into the sixth inning, the orange team made its move striking for eight runs. Back-to-back-to-back doubles from Dom Leo, Cal Smith, and Jake Shamblin got things moving before Miller's group would put eight batters at the plate before Selitto's team could record its first out. A single by John Sharpe in a pinch-hit situation brought in a run but the patience of the orange side drew three walks and a hit by pitch in the frame.
Team orange took a 10-5 lead in game five and came within one run of the overall total 28-27. The winner in the run total would earn a dinner from Coach Tom Griffin.
With the designated away team on its heels, the blue roster quickly responded in the bottom of the sixth with a five-run frame. Cade Burkey led things off with a shot over the right field wall recording the lone home run of the day from either side. The team responded with eight straight batters of its own reaching base with the tying runs coming on an Alan Silva two-RBI double in the bottom half of the inning.
Miller's orange side failed to gather any runs in its attempt to rally in the overall category in the final inning as Selitto's ball club took the run total victory 33-27.
Kyle Cagle was solid in one inning of relief for the orange team striking out three of the four batters he faced in the third inning.