WNC ‘Player World Series’
For a second straight year, the competitiveness of the Western Nevada College Intra-squad Player World Series sent the series to the limit.
Team Greer dug itself out of a two-game deficit to win the final three games against Team Stolo in the annual fall scrimmage season showcase for the Wildcats, played October 16-19. Spenser Dorsey’s two-out bloop single provided the game’s only two runs and propelled Team Greer to the deciding victory.
“Overall, it was a lot of fun and a great learning experience for our very young team,” said WNC coach D.J. Whittemore. “The chemistry and sportsmanship displayed was a great sign for the year to come. Our players and coaches worked as hard as ever to assure that 2014 is another banner year for the Wildcats.”
Sophomore pitchers Spencer Greer and Christian Stolo were selected by their teammates to captain and coach their respective teams.
“Our guys were competitive and the captains/player coaches motivated their clubs well,” Whittemore said.
Game 1 Summary
The series opener went to team Stolo 7-5. Freshman reliever Connor Zwetsch took the loss in relief of starter Jeremy Alderman. Zwetsch allowed four runs, " the big blow coming off the bat of freshman Buddy Webb, who hit a two-run triple to center field. Sophomore outfielder Joey Crunkilton led the way at the plate, reaching base three times and scoring twice while driving in a run. The winning pitcher was third-year sophomore RHP Rayne Raven, who came on in relief of freshman starter Max Karnos. Corey Pool hit a homer in a losing effort and freshman catcher Kyle Henderson reached base three times and hit two doubles, driving in a run with each.
Game 2 Summary
Team Stolo won with a dominating effort on the mound by the team captain. Stolo, a sophomore LHP, threw five shutout innings and struck out four while allowing just one hit for the 5-0 win. Greer, a sophomore RHP, suffered the loss. 2012 National Junior College Athletic Association World Series veteran Raven led the way at the plate, going 2 for 3 with a double and an RBI, and reaching base four times.
Game 3 Summary
Team Greer battled to keep its Player World Series hopes alive in front of 20-plus family members in attendance. This game was dominated by another LHP: this time, redshirt freshman Braiden Gray. Gray went five innings and didn’t allow a run in the 5-0 win. Sophomore Connor Klein reached base three times and scored a run and drove in another in the winning effort. Redshirt freshman Jake Bennett was on base three times, once by a double, and knocked in a run.
Game 4 Summary
Day four turned out to be a long one as Team Greer won game four, 3-2, to force a doubleheader and a deciding game. Karnos earned the win in relief. Sophomore catcher Dorsey drove in the deciding runs with a two out, two-strike single. Sophomore transfer catcher Sam Hall had two hits, scored a run and drove in a run in the losing effort.
Game 5 Summary
Game five was won in dramatic fashion as freshman shortstop Austin hit a one-out single to start the final-frame rally and set the stage for Dorsey’s heroics. Greer was the winning pitcher in the decisive game. Freshman Tommy Kerr took the loss after transfer RHP Evan Clements allowed the game-winning hit.
Sophomore infielder Jack Hall collected four hits in the first three games to pace Team Stolo. They led in the field by several spectacular plays by sophomore shortstop Tony Roque.
Press Release: October 30, 2013
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