Things did not begin well for newly hired hitting coach, Hunter Vick, and his Black Team in his inaugural Black and Blue Series at Chatt Valley, as Coach Mitch Shelby and his Blues dropped the hammer for a Game 1 beating that ended in a 12-1 mercy ruling.
Team Blue started fast and never looked back as they put 5 runs on the board in the first inning on Black starter, Pierce Smith, who was making his first appearance in three weeks. A barrage of hits began from leadoff hitter, Isaac Phillips and continued with AJ Willoughby, Jaylen Smith and Charles Crosby to give Blue Starter, Parker Boyle all the run support he would need.
Boyle would end up tossing four innings of 1 hit baseball, while fanning 5 Fighting Vick hitters.
With early run support and Boyle dealing, the Blues scored in each of their four offensive innings, adding 3 more runs in the second, with the free pass and errant defense being the culprit.
In the 3rd, a leadoff walk turned into an RBI single off the bat of Willoughby to extend the lead to 9-0. Not yet finished, Mitch Shelby’s squad added 3 more runs in the 4th on a Jayson Cook RBI single and a 2 run triple by Phillips.
Up 12-0, Coach Shelby pulled Boyle in favor of Alex Graulich to retire the final 3 outs of the game. However, Team Black managed to push across an unearned run in the process to make the final score 12-1 and give the Fighting Shelby’s a 1-0 series lead.