Silver Wallops Cherry 14-6 to Force Game Five

Nov. 17, 2012

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The Silver teams rapped out 10 hits and walked eight times in defeating the Cherry squad 14-6 in the fourth game of the Cherry-Silver World Series at Lobo Field. Five of Silver's hits went for extra bases, including another three-run homer by Alex Real, his second of the series.

Things looked dire for Silver, trailing two games to one in the best-of-five series, in the top of the first as Cherry jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead. Alex Allbritton led off with a double to the opposite field and Ryan Padilla drove him home with an opposite field-double of his own. A walk to DJ Peterson and a single by John Pustay loaded the bases with nobody out.

Silver starter Tyler Rowe settled in and retired the next two batters without allowing a run to score and it seemed he might escape without further damage. But Chase Harris drew a walk to force in another run to make it 2-0.

The Silver team showed they wouldn't go down without a fight, however, as they struck back for the next seven runs of the game, including four in the bottom of the first. With Sam Haggerty on first and one out, Real singled to right and Luke Campbell walked to load the bases. Josh Alexander struck out, but senior Logan Lippert came through with a single to center to drive in two runs. Freshman Drew Bridges then came through with a hard double off Peterson's glove at third to drive home two more runs.

After Cherry threatened but was unable to score in the top of the second, Tyler McKnight got things started for silver with a single to right leading off the bottom half of the frame. Jared Holley then reached on a throwing error by Cherry pitcher Victor Sanchez while attempting to sacrifice. A sacrifice by Haggerty put men on second and third for Real. Despite having a base open, Cherry chose to pitch to him.

It was a mistake. He launched a home run over the wall in left to give Silver a 7-2 lead.

Cherry battled back with two runs in each of the third and fourth innings to make things interesting, however. Pustay scored on a sacrifice fly by Harris and Erik Suarez scored on a wild pitch in the third, and in the fourth Peterson knocked home Allbritton with a single and Padilla scored on a fielder's choice by Suarez to make it 7-6.

Silver, however, blew the game wide open in their half of the fourth by scoring six runs and batting around. Holley led off with his second walk of the game and moved to second on another sacrifice by Haggerty. This time with a base open, Cherry chose to intentionally walk Real. Campbell followed with an RBI single to score Holley. Mitch Garver followed with a walk to load the bases.

Lippert came through with a sacrifice fly to score Real and Bridges walked to load the bases once again. Jered Meek then came through with the big blow, a double to left center that cleared the bases. McKnight then doubled him home to increase Silver's advantage to 13-6.

Silver tacked on one more in the bottom of the fifth when Campbell knocked home Haggerty after he and Real led off the inning with walks.

Every player for Silver scored at least once, with Real leading the way by crossing home three times. He finished the day 2-for-2 with two walks and three RBI. Bridges went 2-for-3 with two doubles and two RBI.

Allbritton led the way for Cherry by going 3-for-4 with a double and two runs. Padilla went 2-for-4 and also had a double and two runs scored. Harris had two RBI and Tyler Kamtz also chipped in with a 2-for-3 afternoon.

The fifth and deciding game of the series will take place Sunday at 1:30 p.m. at Lobo Field