Seminoles Overwhelm the Wolves of West Georgia
Game 1: 13-0 W
Game 2: 5-2 W
Game 3: 14-1 W
It was a beautiful weekend for the opening series of the 2017 season for the Seminoles as they took on the University of West Georgia. Andrew "Wild Thing" Kunkler started Game 1 and gave the Noles four strong innings registering six strikeouts while walking only one. The offense picked up right where it left off last season putting up thirteen runs on ten hits in just five short innings. Catcher Nathan Grant led the charge with two hits and three big runs batted in to spark the offense. Other notables included newcomer Josuan Suarez and Sean McClaskie as both added two RBI's and two runs a piece. The pride of Goochland, Virginia Chase Doczi closed out the game with two strikeouts during a three-up three-down inning. Game 2 pitching was split between Corey Nevers, Carmelo Barone, and Ray Espinosa who combined for ten strikeouts and allowed just two runs. Offensively the Noles struggled to find their groove scratching out five tough runs on four hits. Speedster Sean Malynn bolstered the offensive production scoring two of the five runs and Lou Copley came up with a clutch two-RBI single early in the game. Game 3 the offense came back full-circle and put up fourteen runs behind 3 RBI's a piece by gentle giants Corey Nevers and Joe Daidone. The McSoley brothers were perfect on the day, Matt picking up two hits and Tim singling in his only at-bat. Fifth-year veteran Brett Gilman broke out of a slump extending into last season with a two-for-two day and also scored two runs. Ryan McElroy also had himself a day with several spectacular plays at shortstop and a hit at the plate. Dancing machine and lyrical wizard Keaton Cederstrom took the bump for the Noles in Game 3 for his first club start and he stepped up to the task tossing three hitless innings seemingly without breaking a sweat. Rookies Jacob Wright and Brett Carter each threw an inning in relief and the Noles pitching staff closed out the weekend allowing just three total runs over all three games.
Offensive Player of the Series: Tim Becker
Tim quietly had the best offensive weekend for the Seminoles going three-for-six with a double, two runs, and three runs batted in. Taking over centerfield patrol for club legend Jason Wilpon isn't an easy task, but Becker performed admirably and will look to build off of a successful weekend.
Pitcher of the Series: Keaton Cederstrom
While Andrew Kunkler pitched phenomenally, Keaton earned himself this weekend's pitcher of the series because of his pitch-efficiency. Cederstrom threw just over thirty pitches in his three innings and did not allow a hit. Just as Becker is helping replace Wilpon, the starting pitching staff is attempting to replace NCBA All-American Ryan Kammerdener and Keaton will be key in doing so. The Noles will rely on Cederstrom to continue working on his craft as a starter this season.