Wright's Walk-Off Homer Lifts Gold To 6-3 Win
Oct. 6, 2011
GREENVILLE, N.C. - Senior Zach Wright blasted a three-run walk-off homer in the bottom of the seventh giving the Gold team a 6-3 win and claiming the 2011 Purple-Gold World Series title Thursday night at Lewis Field inside Clark-LeClair Stadium.
With runners on first and second, Wright took a 1-1 offering from Dario Santangelo and deposited it to center field breaking a three-all tie for his lone hit of the night. A Santangelo pitch plucked Patrick Roy and Austin Blake singled through the left side with one out setting up Gold's dramatic finish.
Freshman Dylan Dickens (1-0) picked up the win after tossing 1 2/3 innings of no-hit ball where he allowed one walk and struck out four. Dickens entered the game in the sixth with one out and runners on the corners and promptly struck out Sam King (looking) and Jonathan Holt (swinging) to get out of the jam. In the top of the seventh after issuing a one-out walk to Jack Reinheimer, Dickens fanned Bryan Bass (swinging) and John Wooten (swinging) to once again thwart a Purple rally.
Santangelo (0-1) suffered the loss surrendering three runs on two hits with a strikeout in 2 1/3 frames. Starter Tanner Merritt went four innings allowing three runs on four hits with three walks and one punch out.
Purple jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first when Chase McDonald singled through the right side plating Bass, who doubled to left field with one out. In the bottom of the frame, Gold knotted the game at one when Philip Clark scored on Jay Cannon's single to left. Clark led off the stanza with an infield single and moved to third on Tim Younger's single to left.
A sac fly by Bass and a solo home run off John Wooten's bat broke a one-all tie in the third. Reinheimer led off with a triple down the left field line and scored on Bass' long fly ball to left field. Wooten followed with a solo shot to left off of Smithmeyer to cap the third frame.
Gold answered with a pair of runs in the bottom of the fourth to once again tie the ball game, this time at three. With the bases loaded and no outs, Roy grounded into a 6-4-3 double play scoring Corey Thompson and cutting the lead to one, 3-2. Chris Gosik scored two pitches later on a wild pitch during Blake's at-bat pulling even with Purple.
The series will continue next Wednesday, Oct. 12 at 3:15 p.m.