Blue Takes Third Game Of Red/Blue World Series

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — The Blue team used a late offensive rally to break open a close game and take the Red / Blue World Series by a score of 8-2.  The Samford Baseball team complete its full fall slate with the third game of a best of three series. Both teams went into Friday with one win a piece making Friday the deciding game in the series. 
“The final game was a great way to finish off the series,” Samford head coach Tony David said. “Game two was not our best overall effort and execution. We need to limit our strikeouts to use our athleticism, be great on defense, and hit the ball out of the park. The guys competed well today and the Blue team came up with some big hits late and then closed the door.”
The game was at a stalemate through the first inning as both starters Timmy Watkins (Blue team) and Will Lynch (Red team) put up zeros. The Red team took an early lead in the second inning when Garrett Staton knocked in two runners with a triple to right centerfield. “Big early swing by G. He has worked hard offensively and continues to get better.”
The Red teams could hold the lead for long as Maurice Hampton Jr. led off the fourth inning with a solo blast to centerfield for the Blue team to make the score 2-1. The next batter Kace Garner walked and then was hit in by Graham Dvorak with a sacrifice fly to make the score 2-2. “Mo just crushed that ball a long long way. That was great to see. He has tremendous power the other way. Then followed it up in his next at bat by hitting a good two strike breaking ball for a single. Great finish for him.”
The Blue team proceed to score one run in the fifth inning to take the lead 3-2. The Blue team proceeded to blow the game open in the sixth inning by plating five runs in the inning to make the score 8-2.
Dowd Ritter closed the game for the Blue team with a clean seventh inning pitched and struck out two.
Some of the top performers for game three was Will Lynch who started the game and went three innings, gave up one hit, no runs, and struck out one.  For the Blue team, Maurice Hampton Jr. went 2-3 with a homerun, one RBI, one run scored, and one walk. Cole Fryman finished the game 1-3 with a double, three RBIs, and one run scored.
Mason McCormick, Colin Ahearn, and Dowd Ritter combined to pitch five shutout innings for the Blue team. “The guys threw strikes and competed on the mound again. We have done a good job of that overall throughout the fall. I continue to preach what they can see for themselves – we should be special defensively in all areas of our defense and we can score in multiple ways beyond the ball flying over the wall. They realize if we fill up the zone we can win games.”
“The fall ended as a huge positive for us. Our program is all about development and guys getting better. This is the really selfish time of year where each individual has to own their development process with the help of our staff. We blended some young returning but inexperienced talent with some new blood added late this summer and remained healthy overall.”

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