BC Baseball ends season on verge of another NCCAA World Series trip
The Bluefield Rams baseball team traveled to King College for the NCCAA World Series Regional qualifier only to be dismissed by two close games.
Sports Information Department BC
May 17, 2011
Sports Information Department
Following the AAC Tournament, Coach White's team re-grouped for another week of post-season baseball looking to secure a bid to another NCCAA World Series in Mason, Ohio.
Bluefield traveled to King College, host of the 2011 Regionals site, and would have a tough road to beat in order to advance to Ohio.
First, Bluefield would play 2nd-seed, Oakland City (IN), where pitching would play a deciding factor in the outcome of the game. A great pitching performance from David Gibson, allowed the Rams to squeeze through with a 1-0 victory.
The victory set the Rams up to play host-college, King College (NCAA D2).
In the bottom of the first, King walked to two of the first three Ram hitters with a hit by pitch by Martin loading the bases with one down thanks to a sacrifice bunt. Martin regrouped with a strikeout against Cameron Hynes and Travis Weaver lined out to center to close the threat.
The lone King College run was scored off a Ram error. C.J. Stabler (Kingsport, Tenn.) led the game off with an infield single before moving up on a sacrifice bunt by Cody Snyder (Bluff City, Tenn.). With Tyler Gaby (Bristol, Tenn.) at the plate Stabler stole his 20th base of the season and on the play Hynes’s throw was to the right of third which allowed Stabler to come home for the eventual game-winning score.
Adam Hoyt went the distance for Bluefield, the runner-up at the 2010 NCCAA Division I World Series. He struck out 10 Tornado batters with at least one an inning including all three outs in the second. In four of the seven innings the final out was via a strikeout. He scattered four hits without a walk.
The only hits for Bluefield were from Andrew Dickenson and Kyle Cabral, the No. 8 and No. 9 hitters in the line up. The first seven batters combined to go 0-for-16.
With the 1-0 loss, the Rams had to then play another game fairly quick against top-seeded, Asbury (KY). But with motivation to move on, the Rams came out with much more to prove on the offsensive end.
In another close contest, Bluefield defeated Asbury 5-4 advancing to play King College one more time in the semi-final round. The winner would advance to the Regional title game with a shot to play in Mason.
Bluefield got the lead, 1-0, with three straight two-out singles in the third capped by the hit by Eli Smurthwaite. Smurthwaite drove in another Ram run with a sacrifice fly as the bases were loaded in the fifth. The Bluefield scores were the first runs allowed by the King pitching staff in the NCCAA Mid-East Region Tournament.
King tied things in the bottom of the fifth at 2-2. C.J. Stabler (Kingsport, Tenn.) hit a grounder to short with the bases loaded and one out. On the play Cody Snyder (Bluff City, Tenn.) was forced out at second after his walk, but Bluefield’s second baseman, Weaver, uncorked a throw into the King dugout allowing a second run to score on the play. Timberlake scored the first run for Stabler’s RBI after he started the frame with a single. Tyler Gaby (Bristol, Tenn.) was the runner at second when the play started for the game-tying run.
The Tornado wouldn't look back as they pulled through with the defeat over Bluefield 4-2.
Bluefield, at 28-28 on the season and runner-up at last year’s NCCAA World Series and 2009 NCCAA National Champion, got two hits from both Travis Weaver and Joe Gatewood.
The Rams’ Josh McQuade went the distance with four runs, three earned, on eight hits. He walked four and struck out three.
The Rams will head into the offseason with a bittersweet taste in their mouths. With the experience and talent, the Rams came on heavy- late in the season. But showed signs of improvement on the defensive side. With several key seniors graduating, Coach White will be eager to set out for another huge recruiting year to replace those players.
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Some Information- Courtesy of: King College Sports Information