WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – Paced by senior Ryan Lindemuth (2-for-5, 2 RBI) the Gold team won game two of the Green and Gold World Series, 5-2, on Thursday night at Plumeri Park. The Gold team is now one win away from capturing the annual event title.
Both starting pitchers looked sharp in their 2013 Green and Gold World Series debuts. Gold’s senior John Sheehan, who was credited with the win, tossed 4.0 innings, allowing one run on five hits. Green’s sophomore Mitchell Aker also went four innings allowing three runs on four hits, while striking out six batters.
The game remained scoreless until the top of the third inning when the Gold team struck for a run. After an out, sophomore Josh Smith walked, followed by a double by Lindemuth, putting runners on second and third. The next batter senior Kevin Casey sent a sacrifice fly to right field, giving the Gold squad a 1-0 advantage.
Green answered right back and tied the game in the bottom of the third inning. Senior Derek Lowe led off the inning with a single, moving to second a sacrifice bunt freshman Porter Reinhart. Sophomore Ryan Hissey followed with a single, scoring Lowe and tying the game 1-1. The Green team was still threating with the bases loaded, but Casey turned an inning ending 5-3 double play to preserve the tie for the Gold team.
Gold took the lead for good in the top of the fourth inning. Freshman Matthew Tilley sparked the rally with a one-out double, and later advanced to third on a wild pitch. After Smith was hit by a pitch, Lindemuth doubled to the centerfield wall, scoring both Tilley and Smith. The runs lifted the Gold squad to a 3-1 advantage.
In the top of the fifth inning the Gold team took advantage of an error by the Green team, scoring an unearned run. Junior Devin White led off the inning, reaching second on an error. After an out classmate Brian Lee delivered an RBI single, making the score 4-1.
The Green team answered with a run of its own in the bottom of the fifth inning. Hissey started the inning off with a walk. The next batter, senior Michael Katz singled, but on the throw back to the infield the ball got away, allowing Hissey to score and cutting the lead to 4-2.
Gold added an insurance run in the top of the seventh inning. Junior Charley Gould led off the inning with a single, moving to second on a sacrifice bunt by Lee. The next batter, Tilley doubled scoring Gould and giving the Gold team a 5-2 advantage.
The Green team didn’t go away quietly in the bottom of the seventh inning. After loading the bases, Casey was able to get a fly out to shortstop, ending the inning and the game. Casey was credited with his first save of the series.
Gold will have its first chance to close out the 2013 Green and Gold World Series on Sunday, Oct. 27 at Plumeri Park. First pitch is set for 3 p.m.