MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The Georgia College baseball program started its Fall World Series over the weekend, with Team Moritz taking a 2-1 lead over Team Pirillo.
Game One – Team Pirillo Wins, 6-5, on Walk-Off Home Run from Bick
Game one was a back-and-forth affair, providing lots of excitement. Coach Moritz sent freshman Trey Marksberry (Lawrenceville, Ga.) to the mound and he battled, going 5 2/3 innings allowing five runs, only two earned.
Coach Pirillo started senior Derek McGowan (Raytown, Mo.), who gave up four runs, allowing back-to-back solo home runs to Karsten Strieby (Brier, Wash.) and Jeremy Donaldson (Winder, Ga.), in 5 2/3 innings of work.
After Team Moritz tied the game at five in the top of the seventh, the stage was then set for surprise hero Daniel Bick (Alpharetta, Ga.). He proceeded to end any resemblance of a comeback for Team Moritz, driving a 2-1 fastball over the left center field wall for the 6-5 victory.
Along with Bick, Team Pirillo was led offensively by Bryce Williams (Manhattan, Kan.) who went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles and two RBI. David Dubay (Farmington, Conn.) and Travis Echols (Suwanee, Ga.) each chipped in a two hits apiece.
Team Moritz’s offensive attack was led by Donaldson, who went 3-for-4 with three runs, a home run and stolen base.
Game Two – Team Moritz Knots Up Series Behind Hart and Potent Offense
Team Moritz showed no ill effects of the previous night’s loss, getting to Team Pirillo starter Darin Wiltgen (Reno, Nev.) in the first inning for two runs on four singles.
The "Mo" offense continued to put pressure on Wiltgen, scoring three more runs in the third behind another Karsten Strieby home run. His second homer of the series was a two-run shot to take a 5-1 lead.
Team Moritz never looked back as starter Taylor Hart (Colbert, Ga.) allowed just one earned run on one hit in 5 2/3 innings. He struck out five before handing the ball to Matt Kaplan and Morgan Ownbey (Suwanee, Ga.) for the final 3 2/3 innings.
Strieby led the way once again for Team Moritz, going 3-for-5 with three RBI and a pair of runs. Senior Josh Young (Lake Havasu City, Ariz.) chipped in with three hits and a double, while Patrick Daugherty (Kennesaw, Ga.) added two hits and three stolen bases.
Team Pirillo's Bryce Williams and Jake Sandlin (Evans, Ga.) each had added an RBI on what was otherwise a rough day at the plate for Team Pirillo.
Game Three – Streiby Continues to Shine, Leading Team Mortitz to 9-5 Victory
Team Moritz picked up where they left off Saturday, exploding for three runs in the first inning after Karsten Strieby’s third home run of the series. Strieby’s three-run bomb came off a first-pitch curveball from Team Pirillo starter Clay Ardeeser (Loganville, Ga.). Team Moritz would get another long ball from Jeremy Donaldson in the third inning to stretch the lead to 4-0.
Team Moritz starter Alex Joplin (Cumming, Ga.) would sail through four innings before running into trouble in the bottom of the fifth. Pirillo’s “Padres” would rally to bring the score to 8-5 in the frame, behind a Travis Echols three-run home run.
Team Moritz was able to shut the door though, putting up a goose egg for the remaining four innings en route to a 9-5 victory.
Strieby proved to be the key contributor for Team Moritz once again, going 3-for-4 with a home run, two runs and three RBI. Daugherty also enjoyed a stellar game, hitting 3-for-5 with a double, triple and stolen base. Team Pirillo’s Echols was a single away from the cycle, going 3-for-5 with three RBI.
Shawn Haley (Canton, Ga.) picked up the win for Team Moritz, stifling the Pirillo offense.
The series picks up again Thursday, Nov. 10 at 7 p.m. at John Kurtz Field.
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