In probably the best game of this year’s Black and Blue Series, Game 7 was a matchup of a pair of magnificent pitching performances by Black’s Trevor Guthrie and Blue’s Chase Burks. In a scoreless game through 5 innings of play, Team Blue finally broke through for 4 runs in the 6th to ensue the dogpile as Chase Burks finished off his gem of an outing.
What cannot go unmentioned is the outstanding effort by Black’s Guthrie, who took a no-hitter into the 6th inning, and was perfect through 3 2/3, with only a single walk blemishing the box score. As Guthrie continued dealing, Blue seemed in deep trouble.
However, Chase Burks, who after allowing 2 singles in the first inning to AJ Willoughby and Grayson Ivey, matched Guthrie pitch for pitch, and was literally unhittable the rest of the way, as he sat down 15 consecutive batters, before issuing a 2 out walk in the 6th. Nonetheless, he retired the next batter to end the inning.
Unfortunately for Team Black and Guthrie, the 6th inning was their undoing. After recording the first out of the inning, Drew Dunagan singled to break up the no-no. Nolan Greckel followed with a bunt single to put runners at 1st and 2nd with one out. Playing one a bum foot, Brandon Whiteford smoked a ball to right field to drive in Dunagan to break the scoreless tie. After enducing a pop up to JT Thomas for the second out, Guthrie appeared to be poised to end the inning with only one run’s worth of damage.
However, both Tyler Lynn and Trent Simpson delivered back to back run scoring basehits to give Duhaime’s club a 4-0 lead. Austin Thomas relieved Guthrie to retire the final batter of the 6th and completed the top of the 7th in perfect fashion.
After throwing 6 beautiful innings, Coach Duhaime had plans to go to the bullpen to close things out. However, being the competitor he is, Chase Burks absolutely refused to be pulled from the game, as he was determined to finish what he started. And finish he did, throwing a dominant 7th to clinch the Black and Blue Series title with his 2 hit, complete game shutout, in which he struck out 6 batters and surrendered only one walk.
In the aftermath of the celebration, Chase Burks was named Series Most Valuable Player for his series clinching performance.