RAIN WASHES BLUE GOLD FALL CLASSIC FINALE
PRESQUE ISLE – UMPI Baseball had one last window to fit in more baseball this fall, but Mother Nature slammed that window shut on Tuesday with a steady shot of rain throughout the day. While there never was a downpour to totally wash out the event, a steady light rain eventually soaked Presque Isle High School Field until conditions were unplayable.
The inter squad series which was originally scheduled for five games, ends with just three games played and the Gold Team being declared the winner.
"I obviously share in the sentiment that many of the student athletes shared with me, and that is that we are disappointed to not be playing baseball," said Coach Pankow. "Like we have said from the very beginning, we have to 'control the control-ables' and that is getting ready for the spring season now. It was a very successful fall season in the fact that we laid a strong foundation for this program going forward. The team has bought in to our philosophy and are hungry to reach new levels of success. We got a good chance to assess what we have going forward, there are still some questions to be answered, but we are excited for what this spring will hold."
The Gold Team scored twelve runs over the three game series, including an eight run outburst in the third game to win the overall series. Senior Josiah Brazier, Freshman Kaleb Cook, Senior Shane Smith, Freshman Isaiah Straubel, Freshman Mitch Thayer, and Senior Dylan Worster were a part of the team that took home the overall victory.
Sophomore Adam Begos was declared the Fall Batting Champion (players had to participate in all three games to be eligible) with a .400 batting average. He also led all hitters in on base percentage with .538. Sophomore Andrew Bartlett and freshman Isaiah Straubel tied for the lead in most hits with five a piece. Bartlett and Senior Dylan Worster each had three RBI to lead all hitters in that category.
Senior Jordan Perry of the White Team is the Fall Classic Cy Young Award Winner. In nine innings of work he gave up just one earned run and struck out twelve hitters, which led all pitchers in that category.
The Fireman Award (Best Relief Pitcher) goes to Senior Ryan Thompson, who in three innings of work gave up just one earned run, struck out six, and walked just one. Several pitchers received consideration for pitching awards, including Bartlett who gave up one earned runs in eight innings pitched and Ghazelah Sailors who gave up one earned run in six innings pitched and had a 1.00 WHIP (walks and hits per inning pitched).