GreyWolves win final game of summer season
College Summer Baseball
The bullpen for the GreyWolves has had their ups and downs for most of the season.
But in Wednesday night's finale, it was the relievers that helped Gresham end their summer on the right note.
Brendan Nipp, Austin Pisicka, Caden Hennessy and Trask Telesmanich combined to throw six scoreless innings in relief, helping Gresham defeat Mound Time 7-6 at Oslund Field.
"You couldn't have asked more out of our relievers," GreyWolves head coach Pete Ness said. "They were just outstanding tonight."
Both teams did all their scoring in the first three innings. After Mound Time took advantage of a pair of errors to score three runs off starting pitcher Zach Johnson in the top of the first, Gresham responded with a rally of their own in the bottom half of the frame.
After Trevor Nannini led off the inning with a double, Cam Vasquez knocked him in with a RBI-single to right field. Todd Jackson hit into a fielder's choice for the first out of the inning, but walks by Dom Enbody and Chase Cosner loaded up the bases.
Gresham was able to take advantage of the opportunity thanks to a sacrifice fly by Hunter Holmason and a two-out, two-run double from Thomas Martin that put the GreyWolves on top 4-3.
"The key was that we were just getting good pitches to hit," Martin said. "When you get a fastball with a little elevation, good things will happen if you put a good swing on it."
The GreyWolves picked up right where they left off when the came to bat in the bottom of the second. Nannini reached on a walk, then got into scoring position by stealing second. Vasquez would pick up his second hit and RBI of the contest with a single that scored Nannini.
Vasquez would come home moments later on a RBI-groundout by Enbody — who reached base on an error. Gresham would get their final run of the inning on another sacrifice fly by Holmason, extending the lead to 7-3.
Johnson has been one of the most reliable pitchers on the GreyWolves staff over the last two months, but clearly did not have his best stuff in this one.
After giving up three more runs in the top of the third, Johnson was replaced by Nipp with one out in the inning. Nipp not only got out of trouble in the third, but also threw scoreless frames in the fourth and the fifth while only surrendering two hits — both singles.
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