Intra-squad Tourney is Annual Event
Each year, the Wildcats baseball team wraps up its fall scrimmage season with its own ‘WNC Players World Series.” The players choose team captains who in turn draft teams and coach their teams in a best of five games, intra-squad world series. The annual event followed a grueling schedule that began with the first practice of the year on August 10 and featured 18 games against some of the top JC teams in the country. The Wildcat players elected three World Series team captains: Sophomores Donald Glover (Liberty HS, Las Vegas), Mike Umscheid (Sunset HS, Portland, OR.), and Cole Ferguson (South Salem HS, Salem OR.).
Game 1 Summary
The first game of the Western Nevada Fall World Series featured starting pitchers Sophomore Phil Belding (Beaverton HS, Portland, OR) and Freshman Luke Eubank (Newbury Park HS, Newbury Park, CA) battling each other on the mound. The home team was led by captain Cole Ferguson and the visiting team led by captain Donald Glover Jr. Glover’s team batted first and they jumped on top in the first inning, scoring two runs on two home runs by sophomore AJ Hernandez (Cimarron HS, Las Vegas) and Glover Jr. To lead off the second inning, freshman Corey Pool (Southridge HS, Beaverton, OR) hit a solo shot to go ahead 3-0. Eubank dominated the game for four innings, firing consecutive goose eggs. Belding settled in after two shaky innings and finished with the loss, going four innings and allowing three runs. Ferguson’s team was non-responsive the entire game, and Glover’s team went scoreless after the second inning, making the final score 3-0. Glover’s team scored three runs on five hits with two walks and only one strikeout. Ferguson’s team went scoreless on two hits and one walk with two strikeouts. Sophomore Brandon Show (Shadow Ridge HS, Las Vegas) pitched in relief for the winning team, earning the save. Belding threw four complete innings and was replaced by freshman Effie Garcia (Cimarron HS, Las Vegas) in the top of the fifth inning and threw two scoreless innings. Team GLOVER 1, Team FERGUSON 0
Game 2 Summary
After Ferguson’s team was defeated in the first game, it set motivation in his team for Game 2. Game two brought redshirt freshman Brock Pellow (Lake Oswego HS, Portland, OR) to the mound for Glover’s team, and freshman Spencer Greer (Woodenville HS, Seattle, WA) for team Ferguson. The team would bat first and showed right away they came to play as lead-off hitter freshman Matt Becker (Puyallup HS, Puyallup, WA) hit a shot over the right field fence to go up 1-0. Base on balls and HBP would prove to be a killer in game two as Ferguson’s team tied the series up 1-1 after defeating Glover’s team, 7-1. Matt Becker, freshman Connor Klein (Sierra Vista HS, Las Vegas), and Cole Ferguson all reached base safely three out of four times they came to the plate. Hero of the day was freshman Rex Carlin (Bothell HS, Bothell, WA) 2-5 with two doubles and three RBI. Ferguson’s team scored seven runs on 11 hits with three walks, two hit by pitches, four strikeouts and one error. Glover’s team scored a run on six hits with a walk, six strikeouts and two errors. Winning pitcher Greer threw four complete innings, was then replaced by freshman Braiden Gray (Bonanza HS, Las Vegas), who threw for the fifth inning, and then closed out by freshman Connor Harber (Astoria HS, Astoria OR) to secure the win. Losing pitcher Brock Pellow threw two complete innings and was replaced by sophomore Evan Parker (Bonneville HS, Ogden, UT) who pitched three complete innings. Redshirt freshman Torgen Soderlund (Lathrop HS, Fairbanks, AK) finished off the game for Glover’s team, throwing a scoreless sixth inning. SERIES TIED 1-1
Game 3 Summary
Game 3 proved to be a nail-biter as Ferguson’s team pulled out a 3-2 victory. Right-handed side-slinger redshirt freshman Cody Hamlin (Timberline HS, Boise, ID) took the bump for Glover’s team, while left-hander freshman Christian Stolo (McQueen HS, Reno, NV) took the mound for Ferguson’s team. Stolo gave up two runs in the second inning after freshman Jake Bennett (Forest Grove HS, Forest Grove, OR) as he slammed a base hit into left field, scoring both Mike Umscheid and AJ Hernandez, who each safely reached base with singles. Stolo struck out four batters in four innings before giving way to freshman LHP Jake Lessel (Churchill HS, Eugene, OR) in the sixth inning, who took down the hitters 1-2-3. Hamlin threw four complete shut-out innings and gave up five hits, struck out four, and allowed no free bases. LHP sophomore Austin Richmond (Tualatin HS, Tigard, OR) replaced Hamlin in the fifth inning, giving up two runs on three hits, one strike out and a walk. Sophomore Rayne Raven (Curtis HS, Tacoma, WA) entered the game in a hot situation for Glover’s team. Raven loaded the bases with two outs and gave up the game-winning hit to Christian Stolo, who drove in Joseph Crunkilton (Puyallup HS, Puyallup, WA) for the winning run. Ferguson’s team took the lead in the best of five series, 2-1.
Game 4 Summary
Game 4 was about the good ole’ fashioned walk off. Glover’s sophomore-filled team was not going to be beaten by Ferguson’s young team. Brandon Show started the game for Glover’s team. The freshman thought they were off to another hot start as they plated a run in the second inning when freshman Gabe Chavira (Rancho HS, Las Vegas, NV) singled and scored team captain Ferguson. Chavira reached base safely in both of his trips to the plate. The sophomore pitching staff decided that was enough and put Ferguson’s run production on hold for the rest of the game. Show, Evan Parker, and Austin Richmond all combined for one run with four hits, five strikeouts, and five walks in seven complete innings. The great defense they had behind them was key, as freshman Tyler Baker (Gorman HS, Las Vegas, NV) and AJ Hernandez turned two outstanding double plays up the middle. Braiden Gray could not complain after his start, throwing four complete innings without giving up a single run on two hits, four strikeouts, and a walk. Phil Belding entered the game in the bottom of the fifth inning and left the game after the sixth, giving up a run on one hit and three walks. Glover Jr. got his team up on the bench and refused to settle for a tie, his team was itching to take it to game 5. Connor Harbor came in for Ferguson’s team to close it out. He started off looking good by striking out the lead-off batter of the inning, RHP Freshman Spenser Dorsey (North Thurston HS, Olympia, WA). He then gave Glover’s team hope as he walked the next batter, Jake Bennett, who eventually stole second base. Freshman Al Fife (Jordan HS, Draper, UT) put a charge into a ball to deep left field, but it was brought down by Joseph Crunkilton. With two outs and Bennett at second base, freshman catcher Colby Rice (West Salem HS, Salem, OR) drove in Bennett, belting a ball to the wall in left center. An exciting ending to game 4 ties up the series at 2-2.
Game 5 Summary
As some say, “The cream always rises to the top.” The championship game of the 2012 WNC Fall World Series showed nothing but that. Glover’s team struck first in the top of the second inning when Game 4 hero Colby Rice grounded out to second baseman freshman Tyler Bennett (Grants Pass, OR) to score Corey Pool for the championship game’s first run. Ferguson made three pitching changes in the game. Starting pitcher Spencer Greer, who threw for five complete innings and allowed only had one unearned run, was replaced by Jake Lessel and eventually, Conor Harbor, and Tyler Bennett. The four pitched all nine innings and combined to give up seven runs on nine hits, with three strikeouts and 11 walks. Spencer Dorsey reached base three times out of five plate appearances, while Corey Pool reached base safely in all five of his at-bats, three of which were base on balls and one a hit-by-pitch. Glover’s team tore the game open in the top of seventh inning. They were led by a solo home run to right field to begin the charge, by infielder Tyler Baker, his first of the fall could not have come at a better time. The charge was followed by 5 more runs involving all nine batters: AJ Hernandez, Donald Glover Jr., Mike Umscheid, Spencer Dorsey, Corey Pool, Jake Bennett, Colby Rice, Al Fife, and Tyler Baker who got things started. Winning pitchers Luke Eubank, Brock Pellow, Torgen Soderlund, Austin Richmond, and Cody Hamlin all combined in giving up 4 runs on 6 hits, 10 strike outs, 5 walks, and 1 error in 9 complete innings. Glover’s team won the final game of the series 7-4. The weeklong series was filled with hard work, competition, excitement, and great team chemistry. All the men gave everything they had, each game day at the yard.
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