Red Squad Sweeps Annual Red-White Series

Joel Hake (Photo by Ted Bridis)
Joel Hake (Photo by Ted Bridis)

The Youngstown State baseball team concluded its fall practice season over the weekend with the annual Red-White Series at Eastwood Field.

The Red squad led by assistant coaches Josh Merrigan and Eric Smith and captained by seniors Shane Willoughby and Kevin Yarabinec prevailed in all three games of the series. The White team was coached by head coach Dan Bertolini and assistant Ryan Krokos, and seniors Lorenzo Arcuri and Joe King were the captains. The teams were decided by a draft conducted by the captains.

In game one on Oct. 11, three pitchers from the White squad combined for a six-hit shutout. Sophomore Gary Clift Jr. pitched the first five innings and allowed four hits to earn the win. Junior Dion Felger pitched three shutout innings, and Joel Hake pitched a scoreless ninth to earn the save.

Web Charles walked and scored on an error in the first inning to put White up 1-0, and Anthony Calcagni singled and scored in the sixth. The White squad added an insurance run in the ninth when Tyler Zaluski singled and scored.

Collin Floyd did not allow an earned run in five innings in the start for Team Red.

After recording the save in game one, he was the winning pitcher in game two as he allowed one run on two hits over five innings. The White team scored twice in the first inning to go up 2-0, but Red answered with three in the third, one in the fourth and two in the fifth en route to a 6-3 win on Oct. 14.

Alex Core delivered a two-run single for White’s runs in the first. Web Charles scored the go-ahead run in the third for Red when he reached on an error and came in on a Trey Bridis triple. Andrew Kendrick’s two-run homer for Red in the bottom of the fifth capped the scoring in the seven-inning game.

With the series already in hand, the Red squad punctuated the week with by scoring the final seven runs in a 7-4 victory in the finale on Oct. 16. Felger inherited a 3-0 deficit and pitched four scoreless innings, and Yarabinec pitched the final two to earn the save.

Anthony Rohan singled and scored in the first, and he walked and scored as part of a three-run third that put the White team up 4-0. Kyle Benyo reached on a fielder’s choice and scored in the fourth for Red to make the score 4-1, and the Red squad scored five times in the eighth to pull ahead. Zaluski doubled and scored in the ninth for an insurance run.