Senior Joshua Lovick
Nov. 8, 2013
GREENVILLE, N.C. - Tyler Bolton, Philip Perry and Drew Reynolds combined to throw a five-hit shutout, while Joshua Lovick's RBI double in the first proved to be the game winning hit in Gold's 2-0 seven-inning win Friday night in Game Two of the Purple-Gold World Series at Lewis Field inside Clark-LeClair Stadium.
In the bottom of the first, Garrett Brooks led off with a single through the right side off starter Jeff Hoffman and Lovick followed with a two-base hit down the left field line, staking Gold (1-1) to a 1-0 lead.
Bolton (1-0) picked up the win scattering three hits over three scoreless frames with a pair of strikeouts. Perry also held Purple in check allowing one hit, a single to Andrew LaMura, in three innings bridging the gap to Reynolds, who notched the save.
Hoffman (0-1) suffered the loss allowing a run (earned) on four hits with three punch-outs in three innings. Evan Kruczynski was touched for a run (earned) in 1.1 innings, while Ryan Williams had a scoreless 1.2 frames.
Purple (1-1), who stranded four runners on the night, looked poised to push across the games first run in the top half of the first when Luke Lowery stepped to the plate with runners on second and third and one out. Reid Love drew a one-out free pass and took third on Ian Townsend's double to left. But some good fortune for Gold came calling as a wild pitch from Bolton caromed back to Eric Tyler, who applied the tag on Love trying to score. Bolton got out of the early jam getting Lowery to fly out to right to end the threat.
Bolton struggled in the top half of the second allowing a single up the middle off the bat of LaMura, one of his three base hits, and Davis Kirkpatrick followed with a slap-single through the left side. But Bolton barred down retiring Travis Watkins and Cameron Snow via strikeout and got Charlie Yorgen to ground out to second.
After a perfect third by both squads, Gold added an insurance run in the second when Brooks drew a bases loaded walk scoring Ben Fultz. Kruczynski surrendered four free passes in the stanza but induced a much-needed ground out from Lovick to cap the inning at one run.
Philip retired seven in a row from the fourth to the sixth before handing the ball to Reynolds, who allowed a single to LaMura in the seventh before getting Kirkpatrick to pop up to second and Watkins to ground into a fielder's choice.
Williams once again looked impressive out of the bullpen entering the contest in the fifth with one out and runners on first and second. The senior right-hander struck out Jonathan Holt and got a fly out off Tyler's bat to get out of the inning.
LaMura recorded three of Purple's five hits, while Brooks posted his second multi-hit game of the series. Both lead their respective teams with a .571 average (4-for-7).
The rubber-match of the three-game series will take place on Sunday, Nov. 10 when a pair of right-handed underclassmen in Kirkpatrick (Purple) and Hayden White (Gold) take the mound. First pitch is slated for 1 p.m. (EST)