The Youngstown State baseball team concluded its fall practice season this past weekend with the annual Red-White Series at Eastwood Field.
The Red squad led by assistant coaches Eric Smith and Ryan Krokos prevailed with a 2-1 series victory over the Camo team which was coached by head coach Dan Bertolini and assistant Josh Merrigan. After dropping the first game of the series, the Red team rallied to win the final two contests.
In game one on Oct. 21, the Camo team got out in front early by scoring nine runs in the first two innings. Web Charles, Jeff Wehler and Nick Caruso all recorded two hits to lead the charge offensively. Charles went 2-for-5 with a triple while Wehler was 2-for-3 with a two-run homer in the second inning. Caruso went 2-for-4 with a double on the afternoon.
The Camo squad was lights out on the mound as Collin Floyd, Zack Minney and Colin Clark combined on a seven-hit shutout. Floyd picked up the win, throwing 3.2 scoreless innings and striking out six. Minney scattered two hits over his 3.2 innings while Clark fanned two batters to secure a 9-0 victory.
For the red team, Blaze Glenn led the way offensively going 3-for-4 with a double. Corey Burkes fanned three batters over two innings while Jacob Brustoski struck out four in three innings on the bump. Austin Trace also recorded a strikeout in two innings of work. Pitchers for the red squad settled in to allow just one run over the final seven innings.
The Red team bounced back on Oct. 22 with a dominating 15-2 victory in game two. The group was led by Nick LaBrasca who went 4-for-4 with two doubles and a home run. Cameron Murray was 2-for-4 with a run scored, Trey Bridis had three hits including two doubles and Lou Cardona added two hits as well.
For the Camo squad, Anthony Santoro went 1-for-3 with a two-run homer while Vince Donato and Lucas Nasonti each had a hit. Austin Butler and Nick Caruso held the Red team scoreless over the final three innings and each struck out a batter.
The Red team broke a 1-1 tie in the bottom of the fifth inning to capture the series with a 7-1 win in a six-inning affair on Oct. 27. Alex Bellardini earned the win after pitching three innings while Kip DeShields and Gary Clift held the Camo team scoreless the rest of the way.
For the Camo squad, Greg Dunham had a solid start going three innings and allowing just one run. Lou Cardona, who was traded to team Camo earlier in the day, provided the only offense for the group with a two-out double in the first inning. Vince Donato added a hit as well.
Dan Bertolini's team will begin their 2018 season at Belmont on Feb. 16, 2018.