THE FLATS – Georgia Tech baseball got a hitting display out of one of its Team White stalwarts as Tristin English accounted for all five of its runs needed for the 5-2 victory over Team Gold in the annual White vs. Gold World Series on Wednesday afternoon at Russ Chandler Stadium.
The Yellow Jackets two-way pitcher and first basemen finished 3-for-4 on the day with three home runs, five RBI and three runs. English was intentionally walked in his final plate appearance.
Overall, Team White finished with 11 hits overall as Nick Wilhite, Cole Neuber and Luke Waddell also posted multi-hit days with two apiece, including N. Wilhite’s double and triple.
On the mound, Team White got no-hit innings out of both Xzavion Curry and Walker Barlow, while Luke Bartnicki, Jake Lee, Jack Friedman and Jake Brace all pitched shutouts. The only runs allowed were by Dylan Biumi, who allowed two runs (one earned) in the seventh.
Team Gold was led at the plate by Chase Murray, who finished with three hits, but it would be Austin Wilhite who finished with the key hit, sailing one to left field with the bases loaded to drive in two runs.
Pitching shutout innings for Team Gold was Keyton Gibson, Cort Roedig, Joseph Mannelly, Sam Crawford and Robert Winborne. Connor Thomas and Jonathan Hughes game up the two two-run home runs while Bailey Combs allowed the solo homer. Thomas, Hughes and Mannelly were all able to get themselves out of jams on the day, finishing with two clutch strikeouts each on the day.
Neuber broke the seal at the plate for Team White, getting his first hit in the first when he beat out an infield single to third. English then lined one over the left-field fence to go up 2-0. Then just an inning later in the second, Neuber again reached base by slicing one up the middle to set up another left-field homer from English.
The game then went deadlocked as Team White was held hitless over the 3-5 inning stretch. Despite being held without hit, Team White also provided inarguably the top defensive play of the day in the seventh when Charlie Benson stretched over to glove a hard-hit ball up the middle with a runner on first. With zero time, Benson flipped it up to a cutting Waddell, who bare-handed it before lasering it over to English at first for the double play.
Team Gold was finally able to get something going when Cameron Turley reached on a throwing error by Team White’s shortstop, before Jackson Webb doubled beautifully down the right-field line. Murray was then intentionally walked with one out to load the bases and bring A. Wilhite to the plate. He then knocked one to left field that allowed Gold to score their lone runs of the day.
The White vs. Gold World Series game on Wednesday afternoon concluded the Yellow Jackets 2018 fall season. Keep it locked to ramblinwreck.com throughout the fall and winter as the 2019 schedule, final spring roster and more are announced.