EVERETT, Wash. – The Purple team bounced back from a 10-6 loss against Gold that evened the Purple and Gold World Series at 2-2, to win 3-2 in a one-inning tiebreaker and claim the end-of-fall championship on Sunday at Everett’s Memorial Stadium.
Braden Bishop had nine hits in four games for the Purple squad to earn Most Outstanding Player.
“We really wanted to concentrate on the offense, and that really showed,” said Huskies’ coach Lindsay Meggs. “The question about us was are we going to hit and I think we proved to ourselves this fall that we can hit, so I’m satisfied.”
In the extra-inning tiebreaker, Purple put the pressure on the Gold squad by scoring three times in the top of the inning. Will Sparks drove in the first run with a single and Purple added two more unearned runs. Chris Baker walked with the bases loaded and Austin Rei scored when second baseman Andrew Ely bobbled a ground ball hit by Bishop.
The Gold squad rallied in the bottom of the tiebreaker for two runs and had the tying and go-ahead runs in scoring position before winning pitcher Troy Rallings slammed the door shut. He got Ely to ground out back to the mound to end the game and give Purple the championship.
In the nine-inning regulation game, Purple wasted no time in getting on the scoreboard by plating three runs in the top of the first inning off starter Tyler Dunlap. Bishop led off with a single, the first of four hits on the afternoon for the sophomore, and came around to score on Branden Berry’s double. Trevor Mitsui and Sparks followed with run-scoring doubles of their own to give Purple the 3-0 lead.
Purple would chase Dunlap in the second after back-to-back doubles by Baker and Bishop made the lead 4-0.
Purple would answer in the top of the fourth when Rei scored on a wild pitch to make it 5-1, but Gold answered right back with a couple of runs in the bottom of the inning. Ryan Wiggins led off with a mammoth homer run to center field. Alex Schmidt followed with a double and would score on a ground out by Jack Meggs.
Gold tied the game in the top of the sixth when Schmidt doubled in Wiggins for the first run and came around to score on a fielder’s choice by Meggs.
The lead was short-lived as Purple scored an unearned run in the top of the seventh. Lead-off hitter Matt Jackson reached on an error by shortstop Erik Forgione, took second on a wild pitch by Henry Baker and scored on a RBI single by Berry.
Again, Gold responded, this time with a five-spot in the bottom of the seventh. Wiggins provided the big blow with a bases-loaded double that scored two. Mitch Bevacqua followed with a two-run single over the drawn in infield to make it 10-6.
Baker earned the victory, while Dae Yang Kim was tagged with the loss.
Wiggins was 2-for-4 with a homer, double, three runs and three RBI to pace Gold. Bishop was 4-for-5 to lead Purple.
The Huskies open the 2014 season Feb. 14 with a doubleheader against Air Force and Michigan as part of the Texas State Tournament.
Gold 10, Purple 6
Purple 310 100 100 -- 6 12 5
Gold 001 202 500 -- 10 12 1
Tyler Dunlap, Will Ballowe (2), Brandon Choate (4), Robert Daugherty (6), Henry Baker (7), Alex Nesbitt (9) and Ryan Wiggins. Jared Fisher, Zach Wright (4), Matthew Lunde), Dae Yang Kim (6), Travis Ulvstead (7), Troy Rallings (8) and Austin Rei. W – Baker. L - Kim. Sv - none. 2B - Purple, Branden Berry, Trevor Mitsui, Will Sparks, Chris Baker, Braden Bishop; Black, Erik Forgione, Alex Schmidt (2), Ryan Wiggins, Andrew Ely. HR – Gold, Wiggins.