I know that Niner Madness is going on tonight, but as always is the case around here... one season ends and another begins and there is always stuff going on with many teams in the department. I am dedicating the Thursday afternoon blog to the action out at baseball as the Niner World Series nears its conclusion. This signals the official end of fall practice for baseball before they go into hibernation (meaning the weight room and gyms for individual workouts).
As play resumed today at 3 p.m., Green was leading White 10-5, but the White team decided to fight back after a couple of days to think about their comeback plan of attack. White drew three walks and a hit batter in the bottom of the sixth of the scheduled seven innings and Ross Steedley hit another big home run for the grand slam to tie the game at 10.
Neither team could score in the seventh, even after a leadoff triple by J.J. Elseser in the top of the seventh, when Jim Lyerly pitched his way to two weak groundouts and a called strikeout to get out of trouble in the frame. Justin Roland scored from third on a wild pitch to give White the series lead 3-2 heading into game six, which started about 10 minutes ago (3:50 p.m.) And so the live blog begins...
6:02 - A flyout, single and double play ends the seventh and White wins the double dip to clinch the series. Steaks for White and hot dogs for the Green team. Enjoy Niner Madness Thursday night!
5:49 - Lysaught gives up three hits, but survives with no damage to the run total. Kelly McLain enters to finish this out and send the Green team to the hot dog lines.
5:53 - Green pushes across two more after back-to-back doubles by Dunn and Elseser. Shane Basen drives in the second run with a single to left. Green holds on to a 12-4 lead heading into the final frame. Senior Tim Lysaught comes in to pitch the top pf the seventh.
5:43 - Slight delay as a foul ball caught Zane Williams. He has to exit the game.
5:35 - Three hits, a walk and an error has plated three more White team runs as they can smell steaks on the grill. Heading to the last of the sixth, White pockets a 12-2 lead.
5:22 - Green scratches across another run after back-to-back doubles by Miguel Rodriguez and Zack Dunn. Tilton also doubled in the inning, but White allowed just the one run. White leads 9-2 going to the sixth.
5:15 - DeLong records two quick outs and White brings in John Hamilton to pitch the bottom of the fifth. White still leads 9-1.
5:07 - Two singles and a walk loaded the bases for Steedley, who hit a sacrifice fly to right to score one run and Shaylor doubled down the third base line to plate two more to run Pope from the contest. White is up 9-1 as Green brings in Brandon DeLong, who is now warming up with a runner at second and one out.
4:55 - No scoring in the past two half-innings, so we are at the halfway post and still watching White lead 6-1 to the bottom of the fourth.
4:38 - A pair of leadoff walks chases Taylor from the game. Sean Pope enters for Green on the bump. RBI groundouts by Steedley and Corey Shaylor bring home the walked hitters in the top pf the third. White extends lead to 6-1 heading to the bottom of the third.
4:19 - Lyerly singles with one out and Mike Green walks. Brown reaches on an error that scores Lyerly, while Roland sacrifices home Green and Brown advances home on a throwing error. Sloppy inning that scores three runs to give White the 4-1 edge and put them closer to steaks.
4:12 - After an error and a groundout, Kevin Gillespie brings home Tilton on an RBI groundout. Roberts records a strikeout to end the inning... Game Tied at one after an inning.
4:04 - Corey Roberts starts for White... Tilton hits a dribbler over the mound to reach on the infield single.
4:02 - Steedley grounds out to end the inning - White is up 1-0 heading to the bottom half...
3:55 - After a one-out walk to Roland, Zane Williams reached on catcher interference before a Zach Semenza single to right center, giving White runners at the corners and two outs in the first off of starter Dylan Taylor. A White win would end the series and give the White team the steak dinners at the end-of-fall dinner. This 3-2 edge is White's first lead of the series.