Silver Tops Cherry 7-5 in Game One

Nov. 14, 2012

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - In a Game One of the Cherry-Silver World Series, Silver fully capitalized on Cherry's mistakes in the field to earn a 7-5 victory at Lobo Field. Alex Real provided the winning-margin with a three-run home run in the top of the seventh and final inning.

Silver jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead in the first inning when leadoff man Josh Melendez reached on an error. A walk and three singles later provided Silver the early advantage off starter Sam Wolff.

The Cherry team stuck back for one of its own in the third. Newcomer Matt Villalobos led off with a single. He advanced to third on a double by Alex Allbritton and scored on a sacrifice fly by Ryan Padilla.

The score remained 4-1 until the fifth when Cherry took advantage of a Silver error, chased Silver starter Josh Walker, and tied the game. With one out Villalobos reached on an error. With two outs Padilla singled bringing DJ Peterson to the plate. Alex Estrella came in to pitch to the All-American but Peterson lashed a triple to right-center bringing the score to 4-3. He would then score on another defensive miscue, a passed ball, to tie the game.

Cherry took its first lead of the game the very next inning. Erik Suarez led off with a walk, advanced on a sacrifice, and would eventually score on a fielder's choice.

The score remained 5-3 until the top of the seventh when yet another Cherry error would prove fatal. Newcomer and number nine hitter Hunter Blaylock led off with a single. After Melendez popped up for the first out another newcomer, Jared Holley, came up. He hit a tailor-made double play ball that would have ended the game, but an error at second base left both men safe with only one out.

That brought up Real who provided the final heroics with his three-run homer.

Cherry had one last chance in the bottom of the frame after Allbritton singled to bring the tying run to the plate, but neither Padilla nor Peterson could come through, handing Silver the victory.

Allbritton, Peterson, and Real each went 2 for 4 to lead all players.

Game Two will take place on Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Lobo Field.