Cherry Evens Series With 7-5 Win
Nov. 15, 2012
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The Cherry squad used a six-run second inning, fueled by a grand slam from senior shortstop Alex Allbritton, to help defeat the Silver team 7-5 to even the Cherry-Silver World Series at 1-1. Will Mathis started for Cherry and went three innings in the six-inning match-up.
Silver jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first. Josh Melendez, on his way to a three-hit day, led off with a single and then stole second. With one out Alex Real flied out to deep center, which allowed Melendez to advance to third. Luke Campbell then came through with a two-out single to left to knock him home.
Cherry got that run back and a lot more in the next half-inning, however. After breezing through the first inning, during which he struck out the first two batters of the game, Silver starter Tony Consiglio ran into trouble almost right away. With one out Chase Harris smoked a double off the wall in center, which seemed to rattle the junior college transfer as he walked Tyler Kamtz and hit Nick White in the back to load the bases.
Newcomer Matt Villalobos then singled through the hole between first and second to tie the game at one and keep the bases loaded for Allbritton. The senior, who hit his first career home run last season, launched a ball over the wall in left to make the score 5-1.
Cherry wasn't through in the inning yet, though. Ryan Padilla worked a walk and DJ Peterson recorded his second hit of the game with a bloop to right to put runners on first and third. John Pustay then lined a single up the middle to score Padilla, and an error by Melendez in center put runners on second and third with still only one out. Selby Brummett was called on out of the bullpen to stop the bleeding. He performed his job spectacularly, recording two groundouts, which held the runners and kept the score at 6-1.
Silver, though, wouldn't quit without a fight. In the bottom of the second Logan Lippert walked with one out and eventually ended up on third with two outs due to two wild pitches. When freshman Drew Bridges lined a ball to right it looked as if Silver would chip away at the lead, but Kamtz made a nice running grab to end the threat.
As it seems to happen in baseball after making a nice defensive play in the field, Kamtz led off the top of the third. He lashed a double to left and advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt. Villalobos then continued his hot play and launched a triple to left center to increase Cherry's lead to 7-1. Silver managed to escape any further damage, however, when he was thrown out at home on a nice stop and throw from Bridges at first off a ball hit by Allbritton.
Silver began chipping away at the lead in their half of the frame with a little help from the sun. Melendez led off with his second single of the game. Jared Holley then followed with a line drive to center that appeared to be an easy play, but Harris lost the ball in the sun and it went over his head for a triple. A single by Real scored Holley and cut the lead to 7-3.
Silver added two more in the bottom of the fifth off Gabe Aguilar. Real led off with a single and advanced to third on a double to left by Campbell. Mitch Garver followed with a sacrifice fly to center, which scored Real and sent Campbell to third.
Campbell then scored when Sam Haggarty was narrowly thrown out at first on a nice defensive play by Allbritton at short. Cherry's lead was now 7-5 and Silver still had one more chance to steal a win.
In the bottom of the sixth and final inning. Tyler Spencer was on the mound for Cherry trying to close out the win. With two outs Melendez singled and advanced to second on a passed ball. Holley was then hit by a pitch to bring the winning run to the plate in Real.
The sophomore provided the winning runs for Silver in Game One after hitting a titanic home run in the top of the final inning and there was hope in the home dugout he could come through again. Spencer, though, was up to the task and the slugger grounded out to Allbritton to end the game.
Game Three of the five-game series will take place Thursday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. at Lobo Field.