Sunday Oct. 31 at Sanborn Park was the setting for the second annual blue-gold game, an inter-squad baseball game to wrap up the fall season. More importantly to the team, it means bragging rights.
Last year’s game was a thriller won in extra innings by the gold team.
This year’s game was no different, as it provided just as much excitement. Head Coach Denny Dwyer’s Blue team beat assistant head coach Ken Vernier’s Gold team 4-1.
The gold team jumped out to an early 1-0 lead. In the fourth inning, with the help of some walks and key at-bats like freshman Tim Klienow’s squeeze bunt, sophomore Ricky Brooks scored to tie the game at one.
That opened the floodgates, as freshman Josh Mitchell had a single advanced to second on an overthrow to first base. Mitchell stole third base and took home on an overthrow to third, putting the blue team ahead.
They would never look back as sophomore Donavan Rigel hit a two-run triple to put the game on ice for the blue team.
Freshman Rory Fell got the win for the blue team, going four innings, giving up one run on four hits and no walks.
Freshman Anthony Shepard came in and threw two scoreless innings in relief, and Sophomore Layton came in and closed the door to get the save for the blue.
The blue team flashed the leather as well when sophomore Kurt Valutis made several diving plays at shortstop to take numerous base hits away from the gold team.
Emiliano Gonzalez led the gold team with two hits and an RBI. Ceasar Sabuta scored the team’s only run, and also had a triple in the game.
Freshman Grant Fiedler started for the gold team and pitched two scoreless innings, and freshman Paul Fry finished the game pitching a scoreless seventh the gold.
“The blue-gold game is a great way to finish up the fall season. The players really look forward to competing against each other. We have a lot of fun and the game is always very competitive,” Denny Dwyer said.
So this year the bragging rights go to the blue team, giving the gold team something to think about for the next year.