Monarchs Gold opened in the first game of the World Series with a 2-0 win over the Louisville Orangemen at Owens Community College live on BCSN Thursday. Gold went scoreless in the first inning but opened the second inning with back to back singles by Brandon McFarland and Bret Howard. Eric Yunker then laid down a sacrifice bunt to move McFarland and Howard to second and third. Adam Yunker then hit an infield single between first and second and scored McFarland for the RBI and the 1-0 lead.
Gold remained scoreless until the 6th inning when Brandon McFarland blasted a home run against the wind over the right field fence to give Gold their second score of the game. Brian Bilius went 2 for 4 with Cappelletty, Hornyak, and Eric Yunker accounting for the remainder of the hits.
Brian Koehl started on the mound and pitched an incredible 8 innings not allowing any runs and only 3 hits with 7 strikeouts. Bret Kuebler came in to close the game shutting down the last 3 batters.
In the second game Gold faced some stiff competition from the Michigan Bulls losing 7 to 6 in 11 innings. Gold started out strong in the first inning scoring 5 runs after capitalizing on the Bulls pitcher walking 3 of Gold’s batters. Val Helldobler, and Casey Winckowski both led off with walks in the first inning. Brian Bilius then hit a single moving Helldobler and Winckowski to load the bases. Jake Cappelletty then scored Helldobler on a fielder’s choice. Cory Hornyak then drew a walk before Brandon McFarland comes to the plate to blast his second homerun of the day to deep right field scoring three more runs to give Gold 5 runs in the first.
The Bulls went scoreless in the first, but came back in the second to score 3 runs after Gold pitching allowed 3 walks and a triple. The bulls scored again on a single with 2 stolen bases and a wild pitch bringing the score to 5-4. The Bulls then scored again and tied the game in the 6th with a solo homerun.
Gold received their 6th run in the 8th after Hornyak led off with a single and scored on a deep hit double by Howard. The Bulls however scored in the bottom of the eighth on a Gold error and tied the game again. The game went scoreless until the bottom of the 11th inning when the Bulls hit a leadoff triple and scored the winning run on a deep hit to center field.
Gold will play against the Long Island Astros at the Ned Skeldon Stadium Friday at 12:30 on BCSN for the last game in the Pool B competition.