Nov. 26, 2012
Cullowhee, N.C. -
Western Carolina's Team RealTree swept both games of the best-of-three college fall world series for the Catamount baseball team, winning the annual fall classic intrasquad scrimmage at Childress Field / Hennon Stadium. The second game featured a combined six home runs as five different players homered including two by sophomore Jacob Hoyle.
Team RealTree used a pair of five-run innings including scoring five times in the top of the first to take the second game - and the series when coupled with the game one, 14-10, victory.
Junior outfielder Cody Jones was tabbed the team's Most Valuable Player after going 6-for-11 (.545) with a stolen base and six RBI during the two-game sweep.
Sophomore right-hander Jeremy Null scored the victory for Team RealTree while junior RHP Jordan Smith was saddled with the loss, allowing six runs on 10 hits through four innings. The Liberty, N.C., native did fan four with just one walk. Null struck out seven against two walks and one hit batter, limiting Team Digital to three runs on five hits through a five-inning effort.
Team RealTree jumped out to the early lead with five runs on five hits including a full-count, three-run home run over the "Purple Monster" in left by senior Bryant Noteboom. Jones added an RBI hit in the opening frame as Team RealTree led the entire game.
Team Digital Camo chipped away at the deficit with a single run in the home half of the first and again in the bottom of the third, but could only get to within a pair, 5-3. Luke Gragg singled up the middle off starter, Null, in the home portion of the first inning. Julian Ridings was plunked by a one-out pitch to eventually put runners at second and third, but Null got Tyler White to fly to right for the second out, driving home the first marker on the sacrifice fly but preventing the big inning.
In the third, White again came through with a leadoff double to deep right center field ahead of freshman catcher Danny Bermudez
who blasted a two-run homer over the left field fence to make it, 5-3.
Team RealTree surged back out to a three-run advantage with run in the top of the fourth as Jones was doubled home by game one hero, junior catcher Adam Martin, making it 6-3.
The fifth inning proved to be the decisive one, though, as Team RealTree again pushed across five runs coming on four hits including a two RBI single by Jones and a three-run homer by Hoyle. Team RealTree added insurance with a two-run sixth and three in the top of the ninth inning including back-to-back solo home runs by Hoyle - his second of the day - and Dykota Spiess.
Hoyle finished with a team-high five RBI.
Team Digital scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning as Ridings belted a leadoff solo home run just inside the right field foul pole with Tyler White scoring in the frame. In the bottom of the seventh, four-straight walks drove in a run with freshman J.D. Long lifting a two-run double to left field to score White and Bermudez in the eighth to conclude scoring for the designated home squad.
For Team RealTree, six players tallied two-or-more hits including four singles by Jones, three singles by both Neary, Bradley and Reece Strong. Tyler White led Team Digital with three hits including two singles and a double, while Gragg was on base five times including three walks and a pair of singles. Freshman J.D. Long had the two RBI double, reaching base three times in the losing effort.
Following the conclusion of the fall world series, Western Carolina continued its off-season workouts with one more team practice before re-entering individual instruction. In January, WCU will commence work towards its Feb. 15 season-opener against Washington State in Cullowhee.