Freshmen Continue to Impress in Garibaldi's Series
Nov. 7, 2011
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – A three run bomb by freshman Zac Carter highlighted the Luigi’s game three victory in the Garibaldi’s Series, but the Mario’s squad captured their first win in the series in game four behind solid pitching by Tyler Dailey and Clayton Gant. The Luigi’s team leads the series 3-1 heading into game five on Tuesday at 3:30 p.m.
Game five of the series was slated for Wednesday, but head coach Daron Schoenrock has pushed the game up a day due to forecasted rain in the area late Tuesday night and early Wednesday. Tuesday’s game four is expected to be a seven-inning affair at FedExPark.
Three freshmen, including Carter, highlighted game three as the trio combined to go 13-for-17 with four doubles, one home run and six RBI. Carter had a 4-for-5 day with a double, three-run homer and four RBI and was named the game three MVP. Colton Simbeck was 5-for-7 with a double and two RBI and Austin Hatfield was 4-for-5 with two doubles. For the Mario’s squad, game three top performers were Nate Rupiper (1-for-6 one RBI), Craig Caufield (2-for-6 RBI) and Ford Wilson (1-for-4 one RBI).
“Game three was once again a game where the freshmen stepped up and delivered,” Schoenrock said. “The pitching machine concept of running an intersquad was a little concerning to us, but as coaches we were excited about the energy our guys brought on defense and the amounts of plays we made. We take some positives from that. There are a lot of freshmen in both lineups and they have really swung the bat well. We continue to find ways to create roster depth with these freshmen as we move them around in different positions this fall. I am very excited of the offensive capabilities of this team.”
Dailey started for the Mario’s squad in game four and pitched three and two-thirds innings and allowed just one run. Gant pitched two and a third innings and earned the win and MVP honors for game four. Michael Wills pitched a perfect seventh inning for the save. At the plate, Ford Wilson was responsible for both runs scored, one via a wild pitch and a RBI single in the fourth. On the Luigi’s side, Austin Ehrat provide a two-out RBI double to provide the lone run in the 2-1 loss.
“Moving on to game four, we were back to live pitching and it was a great game,” Schoenrock said. “Defense and pitching were the name of the game. Clayton had a solid outing and continues to make progress this fall. Tyler Dailey got his first start of the series and was very effective in getting the game to Clayton. The two out hit by Ford Wilson was basically the difference in the game. Ford has worked really hard this fall and wants to be a viable candidate for the center field position this spring.”