NEWBERRY, S.C. - The Newberry Indians Baseball Team kicked off the first game of their Fall World Series after a very successful Professional Scout Day at Newberry High School. Team Black took the victory which was highlighted by strong pitching from both squads and exceptional defense.
The game was a pitchers duel from the beginning with Senior Jared Locke and Freshman Joe Cunetta knotted in a 1-1 tie going into the 4th inning. In the bottom of the 4th Team Black would take the lead on Junior Chris Rahal's solo blast to left and would hold on for the victory with the solid relief pitching of Freshman Danny Bertelson and Sophomore Travis Howard. Senior Pete Stuppiello also shined for Team Red pitching 3 scoreless innings in relief.
In a game marked by defense, Game 1 MVP Sophomore Gray Berryhill shined for Team Black making a highlight reel diving catch in right center field and throwing out the tying run at home plate in the 6th inning. The Red Team defense shined as well with Freshman catcher Anthony Orr tossing out 3 would be base stealers and Senior Ryan Easterby's diving stab at third base. Junior JD Goodwin playing with sprained ligaments in his left wrist also came up big on defense for Team Red with a run saving diving play behind second base.
SERIES NOTES: Team Red Head Coach Brian Boeshko, who was forced into action at first base due to several players in night classes, was 1-2 at the plate. Boeshko blasted a double down the line in his first at bat. Black Team Head Coach Charlie Goens was quoted as saying, “No problem. It will take a triple to score him.”
Both teams will return to action on Thursday night at 7 p.m. for Game 2. Starting pitchers have yet to be determined.