Speaking of baseball, Yogi Berra gets credit for many interesting observations, including, “It ain’t over ‘til it’s over.” Lo and behold, baseball fans, Alabama’s “Steak and Beans World Series” – the end to fall practice – is over…but it’s NOT over. It will be soon, though.
True, the White squad took a 6-4 win Friday and now has won two games in the best-of-three series. But Coach Greg Goff’s Crimson Tide will play the final game in the series at 10:30 a.m. CDT today at Sewell-Thomas Stadium. There is no admission charge.
The White win means that squad will be treated to a steak dinner while the members of the Crimson team will get beans.
Both squads managed eight hits Friday, but White capitalized on its opportunities, and it started in the first inning when Gene Wood singled, went to second on a failed pickoff, moved up to third on a passed ball, and scored on a ground out to the right side.
The Crimson answered in the second with a solo home run by Zack Coker.
In the White half of the third, Tanner Boyzuick and Wood walked and moved into scoring position on a wild pitch. A Connor Stutts sacrifice fly and and Cobie Vance single scored both.
Again, the Crimson answered.
Logan Carey singled and Chandler Avant doubled to put men on second and third and Hunter Alexander drove them home with a single and tie the game at 3-3 going to the fourth.
The White went back on top in the fourth with three singles – by Cody Henry, Tanner DeVinnuy, and John Torousdale – scoring a run.
Once again, the Crimson came back in the bottom of the inning to tie the game. Alex Webb doubled, was sacrificed to third, and scored on a passed ball.
The White got the winning runs in the fifth. Stutts started the rally with a one-out double and moved to third on a passed ball. Vance was intentionally walked to put two on and then a single to center and a misplay by the fielder allowed both Stutts and Vance to score to make it 6-4.
This time, the Crimson was unable to answer.
Deacon Medders got the Friday win, throwing 1 2/3 innings and striking out three. The freshman was followed by Davis Vainer, who earned the save with an inning of work and one strikeout.