NEWBERRY, S.C. - The Gray team scored three runs in the bottom of the 5th inning to come from behind and win the 2008 Scarlet and Gray World Series with a 4-3 win in the deciding game five.
Derek Bley (Upper Arlington, Ohio) was named the game MVP after going 2-for-3 and driving in two runs, including the game-winner.
The Scarlet team was first on the board when Casio Grider (Hephzibah, Ga.) led off with a single. Grider moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Phillip Bartz (LaCrescent, Minn.) and stole third before he was driven home on an infield out by Robert Denise (Vero Beach, Fla.).
The Gray team answered right back in the bottom of the first with a Bley triple followed by a Nick Martin (Morehead, N.C.) single to tie the game, 1-1.
In the top of the fourth the Scarlet team scored two runs to again take the lead. Derek Fullmer (Pelion, S.C.) and Brandon Mand (Laurinburg, N.C.) both hit singles putting runners at first and second for catcher Jose Rosa (Keystone Heights, Fla.). Rosa hit a ball to Gray third baseman Thomas Berryhill (Aynor, S.C.), whose throw skipped past first baseman David Guthrie (Montreal, Quebec, Canada). Both Fullmer and Mand scored on the error.
Matt Williams (Vero Beach, Fla.) started the 5th inning rally for the Gray team hitting a one out double to down the left field line. Casey Faulkenberry (Camden, S.C.) drove Brown in with a single to right field. Faulkenberry moved to second when Scarlet right fielder, Gray Berryhill, overthrew the cutoff man. After Jovan Rohena (Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico) blooped a single into left center to put runners on first and third, Faulkenberry scored on the double steal. Rohena moved to third on the play as John Kirklandís (Orlando, Fla.) throw sailed high over the catcher. Bley finished the three run rally, driving home Rohena for the game winning run with a double down the right field line.
Michael Thatcher (Bowie, Md.) picked up the win for the Gray squad with one inning of relief, while T. Berryhill earned his first save of the series.
Thomas Berryhill earned Series MVP honors after he hit for .333 with 1 RBI and 5 stolen bases and pitched 2.2 innings, recording one save.