Howard, Ivory shine in Fall World Series

Ryan Howard fileBy Tim Leible, KBIA Sports

The Missouri baseball team split up for the first three games of an inter-squad matchup this past weekend for their Fall World Series. The team, which was divided into a Black team and a Gold team, featured strong performances by sophomore Ryan Howard and senior Jake Ivory.

The first game, played on Wednesday, was powered by the long ball.

Both the Black and Gold teams used freshman starting pitchers, redshirt freshman Ryan Lee and true freshman Lake Dabney, respectively. Both pitched well, but Dabney made a couple of mistakes to Howard and Ivory, who each launched home runs to power a 3-2 victory by the black team.

Game 2, which was played on Friday, Oct. 10, was all about the pitching. Sophomore Brandon Baker was untouchable for the black team, as he only allowed two hits over six innings. Both of the gold team’s hits off of the lefty were by freshman catcher Alex Del Rio. Baker also managed five strikeouts in the outing to round out his strong performance. The gold team received a solid outing from its starting pitcher as well. Senior Jace James hurled four strong innings, but an RBI double by Chris Akmon took away his shutout and pinned him with the loss. Black team won the pitchers dual 1-0.

Black team looked to round out the sweep in the third and final game on Sunday, Oct. 12 and were again powered by Howard and Ivory. Each batter hit their second home run of the series, but the bats of the gold team finally woke up in the final matchup. In the eight inning, down 3-1, senior catcher Logan Bone came up with the bases loaded and cleared them with a three-run double. The gold team would end up winning the game 4-3.

The Fall World Series is scheduled to continue at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 16 at Taylor Stadium.

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