Blue Squad Takes Game Three and Playoff, Wins Blue and Orange World Series

Jon Moscot

Nov. 16, 2011

MALIBU, Calif.- In the final day of Blue and Orange World Series action it was all about the Blue squad, as they won game three 5-4 and took the playoff inning 1-0 to win the series on Tuesday. The Orange team held a 2-1 lead until the Blue team tied things up in the top of the seventh inning to force the extra inning in game three and the eventual playoff.

With freshman Steve Casey (Phoenix, Ariz./Pinnacle HS) on the mound for the Orange team in the first inning, the Blue team was able to get on the board as Chris Amezquita (La Mirada, Calif./Servite HS/UCLA) singled in Tony Cooper (San Carlos, Calif./Junipero Serra HS/Cañada College) who got on base with a one-out double. Casey was able to get out of the inning after catcher Austin Davidson (Oxnard, Calif./Oxnard HS) threw out fellow freshman Aaron Brown(Chatsworth, Calif./Chatsworth HS) as he tried to steal third.

The Blue squad had sophomore Cody Dickerson (Cypress, Texas/Cypress Woods HS) throwing in game three. He started out well, getting freshman Matt Gelalich (La Verne, Calif./Bonita HS) to ground out to first. However, the next three hitters, Davidson, Joe Sever (San Jose, Calif./Bellarmine Prep) and David DiPaola (San Carlos, Calif./Junipero Serra HS/Cañada College) each knocked singles to get on base. With the bases loaded, Floyd Given would drive in two off a double, to give the Orange a 2-1 lead. Dickerson would recover, getting Trevor McDonald (Costa Mesa, Calif./Estancia HS/Orange Coast College) to strike out and Andrew Alvarez(Riverside, Calif./Martin Luther King HS) to fly out to right field. The Orange team would leave two on base in scoring position.

The next few innings were relatively quiet, as Casey would have a one-two-three inning in the second and had a strikeout in the third.

On the Blue side, Dickerson would start off the second inning with a walk to Quincy Quintero (Valencia, Calif./Valencia HS), but he would get Mat Snider (Los Altos, Calif./Los Altos HS) to hit into a 6-4-3 double play. With two outs Casey would show he can hit as well as throw, putting a double off the wall. Dickerson would regroup to strikeout Matt Gelalich(La Verne, Calif./Bonita HS) to end the inning.

In the bottom of the fifth inning, Dickerson would give way to junior Jon Moscot (Pacific Palisades, Calif./Palisades Charter HS/Cuesta College). Moscot would start off strong, striking out Casey looking and although he would give up a one-out single to Gelalich, the Blue defense would pick him up with a 6-4-3 double play of a Davidson slow roller. In the bottom of the sixth, Moscot would get his second strikeout of the day off Jon Moscot and would force two ground balls from DiPaola and Floyd Given(Rohnert Park, Calif./Rancho Cotate HS/Sacramento City College) for an efficient one-two-three inning. Finally in the seventh inning Moscot would again go one-two-three, getting McDonald to strikeout, Alvarez to foul out and Quintero to strike out looking.

For the Orange squad Snider would pitch the top of the sixth and despite a rocky start as he hit Brown, but would get Amequita to fly out to center. Brown would then be picked off at first for the second out and Bryan Langlois (Oak Park, Calif./Oak Park HS) would fly out to right for the last out of the inning.

In the bottom of the seventh, Brian McIlhenny (Scottsdale, Ariz./Brophy College Prep) would come in in relief, giving up a single to his first batter, James Grandpre. He would come back to strike out Ryan Van Amburg (Campbell, Calif./St. Francis HS), but Drew Hacker (Moorpark, Calif./Oaks Christian HS) would single up the middle and Grandpre would advance to third. Ranny Lowe(Granada Hills, Calif./Notre Dame HS) hit a ground ball to the shortstop and would get an RBI on fielder's choice, as Grandpre would advance to score and tie the game up at 2-2.

In a tiebreaker, both teams had three outs, with bases loaded to get as many runs as possible.

The Blue team would come around to score three in the inning, with Cooper starting things off with a sacrifice fly and a two-out single from Amequita to make the score 5-2.

Next the Orange team had their shot, and Snider would start things off with a single to make the score 5-3. Off a fielder's choice, the squad had their fourth run cross the plate. With a 5-4 run and one out, the Orange team had their chance, but they were unable to score another run in the inning, conceding game three to the Blue squad.

With the Fall series tied up at 1-1 after Sunday's game two ending in a 5-5 tie, both teams again had their ups with the bases loaded.

The Orange team was up first, but was unable to score any runs as Blue's defense held strong and also had a strikeout to their credit. Meanwhile the Blue team scored the game-winning run off an error on the catcher, taking the tiebreaker 1-0 and winning the Blue and Orange world series.

The Waves' regular season is set to kick off on Feb. 17 at 2 p.m. PT as they host Oklahoma for a three-game set.



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