In the first Black and Blue Series to go all 7 games since the fall of 2006, Game 1 was the perfect primer for arguably the most competitive Black and Blue Series ever.
Coach Dash O’Neill sent Landon Faulkner to the mound for the Game 1 start, and after a 1-2-3 first inning, the Blue squad popped Faulkner for 5 runs in the second. However, Lando would settle in throw 5 quality innings to keep his club in the game.
For Coach Alex Duhaime’s Blue Squad, he sent Will Tillery to the bump, and he was nothing short of outstanding, scattering 6 hits and allowing only a single run in 5 spectacular innings of work.
Blue’s big inning was led by Nolan Greckel’s 2 hit, 2 RBI day, along with a Trent Simpson RBI single, while Drew Lingo finished things off with an RBI single of his own.
With a 5-1 lead through 5 innings, things appeared to be all but over for the Black Team. However, the Fighting O’Neills scratched for a run in the 6th off of reliever Logan Haner to pull within striking distance at 5-2, on Brandon Frazier’s RBI single.
Up 5-2, Coach Duhaime called on Jordan Lee to close things out in the 7th. Unfortunately, he did not record an out, as 2 walks and 3 hits rallied the Black Squad all the way back for the walk off 6-5 win, to take 1-0 series lead.
Leading the Black Squad, was Ryan Hagan who collected an RBI single, Kenny Ford, Grayson Ivey, Tim Kennedy, and Evan Troutt all collected 2 hits apiece on the day, while AJ Willoughby added an RBI single of his own.