Oct. 24, 2013
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Nick Dawson tallied three hits and drove in three runs to lead the Gold squad over the Black, 11-4, in the opening game of the 2nd annual Breast Cancer Awareness Fall Baseball World Series here Thursday night at Pete Taylor Park/Hill Denson Field in this best of seven series.
After not getting a hit in the first 3 2/3 innings, the Gold squad ended the game with 16 hits as they scored in each of the final four innings of the contest.
The Gold responded to a third-inning, two-run homer by Black centerfielder Mason Robbins with two runs of their own in the top of the fourth in the seven-inning game.
They then retook the lead in the fifth with two more runs, the first coming off a double from David Walley, the first of two doubles from the designated hitter, who laced a ball down into the leftfield corner and then with a Dawson RBI single.
The Black team scored two unearned runs in the bottom of the fifth to briefly tie the game at 4-4, before the Gold exploded for five runs in the sixth to put the game out of reach.
Six hits and two Black squad errors in the top of the sixth helped the Gold get out to the big advantage as Dawson drove in one of the inning's runs. Dawson helped the Gold add to its tally in the seventh with another RBI single as the squad plated two runs in the final frame.
Gold reliever Cody Livingston allowed two unearned runs over two innings of work with four strikeouts, two walks and a hit to capture the victory, while Cord Cockrell got tagged for five runs (two earned) on six hits and a pair of strikeouts to suffer the loss.
Black starter Conor Fisk went allowed two runs on three hits with three strikeouts over three innings, while Gold starting pitcher Jay Myrick surrendered a pair of runs on six hits with a walk and three strikeouts.
Game two of the series is set for 12 noon on Saturday. Admission is free to the game.