C.J. Smith and Jonathan Cannon combined on a three-hitter with 13 strikeouts to lead the Black squad to a 5-0 shutout and even the Bulldog Baseball Fall World Series at Foley Field.
The Red team (1-1) threatened in the second, but Smith pitched out of a bases-loaded jam. Connor Tate led off with a double. Smith came back to strike out Trippe Moore III. Shane Marshall moved Tate to third with a base hit. Then, Smith struck out Kameron Guidry. After Lane Watkins drew a walk to load the bases, Smith extinguished the rally with a strikeout of Ben Harris.
Smith pitched four innings and allowed two hits, a walk and struck out eight for the win. Cannon took care of the final three frames with five strikeouts for a save.
The Black team (1-1) pushed across its first run in the third on a sacrifice fly by Luke Wagner, and a sacrifice fly by Garrett Spikes in the fourth made it 2-0. Harris went two innings for the Red team, and the Black team scored a pair of runs off Liam Sullivan and then the final three off Bryce Melear.
In the sixth, Cole Tate delivered a run-scoring double for a 4-0 advantage. Chaney Rogers added a sacrifice fly, and then an RBI-single by Parks Harber completed the scoring. The final hit for the Red squad came from Corey Collins in the sixth when he beat the shift with a single to left field.
The final game of the series is set for Sunday at 12:30 p.m.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Foley Field is closed to the public.