Once again the TBC Baseball program capped off its 2017 fall program with the annual Blue vs. Gold World Series, pitting one half of the Eagles roster versus the other. After dropping Game 1 of the series 6-4, despite a valiant effort at a comeback, the Blue squad took the next three games and the Series. TBC head coach Jon Copeland was very pleased with this year’s edition of the Series, which proved to be a well-played, close, hotly-contested battle, highlighted by some dominant performances on the mound.
Behind a strong outing from one of TBC’s exciting stable of talented freshmen arms, Cole Collier (Fr., Jacksonville, FL), Gold fought off a late charge in Game 1 to take an early lead in the series. Collier surrendered only one run in four innings of work to pick up the win. Down 6-1, Blue came back to make it close at 6-4, but Bryan Lopez (Jr., Oldsmar, FL) picked up the save and shut the door for Team Gold.
Game 2 featured a pitching duel between Blue’s Matt Carter (Sr., Jacksonville, FL) and Gold’s Lane Frye (Fr., Winter Haven, FL). Both pitchers allowed only one run in their impressive starts, but it was Blue, and another sterling freshman pitcher, Nick Mackedon (Fr., Orlando, FL), who benefited from a wild pitch to score the winning, walk-off run in a dramatic 2-1 victory.
Game 3 continued the outstanding performances on the mound as returning NCCAA All-American Jon Shiver (Sr., Middleburg, FL), tossed three shutout innings in an effort to even the series for Gold. Blue countered with their own top pitching performance from a freshman as Austin Hillier (Fr., Port St. Lucie, FL) kept Gold to only one run and gave Blue the chance to squeeze across a run to take a 2-1 lead, which was all another yet talented freshman arm, Greyson Wright (Fr., Middleburg, FL), needed to pick up the save and give Blue a 3-1 lead in the series.
With a chance to close out the series and prevent a winner-take-all Game 5, Blue sent Michael Cohick (Sr., Broward, FL) to the mound, and the three-year Eagles starter didn’t disappoint as he spun four shutout innings to lead Blue to the win and 2017 Blue vs. Gold Series victory.
Coach Copeland was effusive in his analysis of the Series: “What a great Blue vs. Gold Series,” he said.” Both teams played very well to create a hard-fought and exciting series to watch. It was a very satisfying way to end our fall program.
“We had very strong pitching throughout with solid and stingy defense and some quality performances at the plate. It is evident, heading into the regular season, that our pitching depth is an element that can be very strong for us as a team — and that is a great place for us to start for 2018.”
Look for the TBC Baseball 2018 season preview coming in January.
–Jon Copeland, Head Coach of TBC Eagles Baseball