Tennessee’s 2020 fall baseball season came to an end on Tuesday when the Grey Team completed its series sweep of the Orange Team with a 7-2 victory on Monday after winning the first two games of the series by scores of 10-4 and 11-3.
Here’s a look at the key moments and top performances from each game courtesy of Tennessee Athletics Communication.
GAME 1: Grey Team 10, Orange Team 4
The Grey Team opened the 2020 Fall World Series with a resounding 10-4 win over the Orange Team on Saturday afternoon.
Sophomore outfielder Christian Scott had a massive day at the plate to lead the Grey Team. The Clarksville, Tennessee, native reached base five times, hit a home run and had five RBI on the day. Luc Lipcius, Liam Spence and Connor Pavolony also had multiple hits in the game and combined to drive in four runs.
Sophomore right handers Camden Sewell (Grey Team) and Elijah Pleasants (Orange Team) got the start for their respective squads. Sewell got the better of Pleasants, striking out six batters while scattering five hits and allowing just one run over five innings of work to pick up the victory. Freshmen Logan Ransom and Colin Ahearn combined to throw three shutout innings in relief to close out the game for the Grey Team.
Returning freshman Jorel Ortega – who had an impressive series overall – showed what he is capable of when healthy, leading the Orange Team with two hits, including a home run, and three RBI. True freshman outfielder Kyle Booker flashed his potential as well, going 2-for-4 with a double and two runs scored. Evan Russell and Jake Rucker also turned in multi-hit performances with two base knocks apiece on the day.
GAME 2: Grey Team 11, Orange Team 3
The Grey Team got production up and down the lineup as nine different players recorded at least one hit in Sunday’s 11-3 victory.
Connor Pavolony led the team with three hits, including a double and an RBI, while true freshman Charlie Taylor had a huge day at the plate with a pair of home runs and a team-high four RBI.
Highly touted true freshman pitcher Blade Tidwell got the start and shut down the Orange Team with 3.1 scoreless innings. Veteran right hander Sean Hunley scattered five hits and allowed one run in 3.2 innings of relief. True freshman lefty Drew Patterson tossed one shutout inning in relief, as well.
Despite the loss, freshman infielder Jorel Ortega had another impressive performance for the Orange Team, finishing 3-for-5 with a homer and two RBI on the day. Freshman left hander Brandon Gielow had two strikeouts in 1.1 scoreless innings of relief.
GAME 3: Grey Team 7, Orange Team 2
The Grey Team continued its dominance and completed the series sweep with an emphatic 7-2 win on Monday afternoon. All nine starters had at least one hit with four players recording multi-hit performances.
Max Ferguson, Jordan Beck, Trey Lipscomb and Hunter Ensley all went 2-for-4 at the dish and combined to drive in four of the team’s seven runs. Beck hit a solo home run while Ferguson had a double and a triple on the day. Liam Spence also had a productive day with a hit, a run scored, two RBI and two stolen bases. The Grey Team had five extra-base hits and stole seven bases in the win.
True freshman right-handed pitcher Hollis Fanning started and threw five solid innings, allowing just two hits and one run while striking out four batters to earn the win. Returning freshmen Will Mabrey had four strikeouts and allowed two hits in three innings out of the bullpen. Connor Housley pitched a scoreless ninth inning to finish things off.
The veteran duo of Evan Russell and Pete Derkay drove in the only two runs for the Orange Team. Russell hit a solo home run and also drew a walk to lead the Orange Team. Jorel Ortega doubled and scored a run, as well.
Sophomore RHP Chad Dallas was able to keep the Orange Team in the game thanks to 5.2 solid innings out of the bullpen. The Texas native struck out right batters and scattered just three hits. Returning freshman LHP Kirby Connell was also a bright spot for the Orange Team on the mound, posting two strikeouts and allowing just one hit in 1.2 innings of relief.
Here’s a look at the highlights from the Orange and White World Series courtesy of Tennessee Athletics Communication:
And here’s a look at the photos: