Cullowhee, N.C. - The Western Carolina Catamount baseball team opens its annual intrasquad Purple & Gold Fall World Series on Wednesday evening with game one of a best-of-three series to be played at Childress Field / Hennon Stadium. The schedule includes a game under the lights Wednesday evening at 7:00 pm, with afternoon tilts on Thursday and Friday beginning at 3:00 pm.
The annual Fall World Series scrimmages culminate a semester of team practice for WCU ahead of the spring, 2018 season.
With head coach Bobby Moranda and assistants Nate Cocolin, Brock Doud, and Bryson Bowman serving as commentators, the Catamounts held the annual “draft night” in the Ramsey Center Hospitality Room on Monday afternoon as the team captains selected the two squads for the three-game series. On one side, senior infielder Caleb Robinson, senior LHP Corey Sikes, and senior infielder Cameron Blaquiere – who is recovering from off-season surgery – will captain the Gold squad, while senior catcher Spencer Holcomb and senior RHP Jake Niezen will head the opposition in Purple.
Basic game-play rules include a 50-count pitch limit for each hurler, and every pitcher must make an appearance before a second series appearance is allowed.
The three-game series is set for five-inning games on Wednesday and Thursday with a TBA on the length of Friday’s finale in the best of three format.
ICYMI: Catamount Baseball in MLB Post-Season
Western Carolina had two former players on rosters in the 2017 Major League Baseball post-season including reliever Greg Holland with the NL Wild Card Colorado Rockies and utility infielder Tyler White on the AL Central champion Houston Astros.
White and the Astros clinched their American League Divisional Series (ALDS) over the Boston Red Sox on Monday, advancing to the AL Championship series where they await the winner of the Cleveland Indians – New York Yankees series.
Holland and the Rockies were eliminated in the Wild Card round, 11-8, by the Arizona Diamondbacks back on Wed., Oct. 4.