Mount Pleasant, Mich. – After a wild 12-inning game, the Gold clinched the Fall Word Series Classic Saturday afternoon, 6-5. Sophomore Ryan Heeke singled down the left field line to bring home freshman Robert Greenman for the game-winning run.
Sophomore Zack Fields hit a no doubter over the left field fence to give the Maroon a 1-0 lead in the top of the third.
The Maroon took the lead back when Dylan Goodwin walked and then scored off of a Tyler Huntey double to the left center gap. They extended their lead in the top of the fifth when Colton Bradley advanced to third on a sac bunt then scored off of a throwing error.
Gold tied up the ball game in the bottom of the seventh thanks to Nick Regnier and Robert Greenman who came up with big RBI hits.
The Gold team needed one run to force extra innings in the bottom of the ninth. Nick Renier continued his strong performance with a walk in the ninth the set the table with a stolen base. Regnier scored the tying run when Cody Leichman sacrificed himself and forced a throw to third that got by Adam Collins allowing him to score.
Gold starting pitcher sophomore Jimmy McNamara hurled six strong innings, giving up four runs with striking out nine. Maroon starter Nick Deeg matched the outing, fanning ten over 6.2 innings.
The late innings were dominated by pitching; Matt Trowbridge came in and shut the gold offense down only giving up one hit. Gold pitchers Marc Jaksa and Skylar Janisse matched their counterpart only giving up one run through the final five innings.
After an uneventful tenth and eleventh the Gold team was able to break through when Greenman singled through the left side. Morgan Oliver was hitch by a pitch to move Greenman into scoring position. Noel Santos moved the runners up with a sacrifice bunt allowing Heeke to plate Greenman for the winning run.
The final game of the Fall World Series Classic will be played tomorrow; first pitch is scheduled for 1:00pm.