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Baseball - Fri, May 26, 2017 - posted by Seth Preuss
Cameron Baranek was one of two Royals to launch a solo shot out of Cheff Field
Cameron Baranek was one of two Royals to launch a solo shot out of Cheff Field
(20)William Carey University
(RV)Hope International

LEWISTON, ID – (RV) Hope International played in its debut game at the Avista NAIA World Series on Friday, May 26, against the No. 20 William Carey Crusaders. The Royals and the Crusaders combined for 19 runs, but the Royals never led and would ultimately fall 11-8 in their first-ever appearance at the World Series.

George Castillo (JR/Lakewood, CA) made the first start for HIU and lasted seven innings for HIU, allowing nine runs on nine hits and three walks while fanning five batters. Castillo didn't have his best stuff in the early innings but steadily improved throughout the afternoon before leaving with a pair or runners on the corners in the eighth. Jonathan Marriott (JR/Westminster, CA) and Justin Moulds (SR/Huntington Beach, CA) each worked an inning to wrap up the game for the Royals – both would enter with two runners aboard and no one out to start their time on the hill.

The Royals got off to a slow start in the early innings as the Crusaders kept the plate clean in the first and second frames. However, the Royals would finally snap an unanswered 4-0 run by William Carey with a solo blast sent out over the fence in dead center – Cheff Field is 385 to straightaway center, and Cameron Baranek (JR/Orange, CA) cleared the 25-foot fence by an additional ten feet for the Royals' first run of the game and a 4-1 tally after three frames.

HIU plated three more in the fourth after quieting the Crusaders in the top of the frame to tie at 4-4. Will Davis (FR/Anaheim, CA) led off with a single, stole second, and scored after back-to-back singles to by Nolan Kraemer (FR/Rancho Santa Margarita, CA) and Devan Schermerhorn (SR/Lakewood, CA). Baranek and Brett Thompson (SR/Newport Beach, CA) put up back-to-back singles as well to plate Schermerhorn for the tying run.

WCU had an answer for the Royals' small-ball efforts in the fourth with a towering three-run shot into the bleachers in left field to open the fifth and reclaimed the lead at 7-4. The Royals got a leadoff homer from Brandon Gonzalez (SO/Orange, CA) in response in the bottom of the fifth and Sean David Clark (SR/Redding, CA) would draw a walk before a double to left center from Kraemer plated Clark's courtesy runner, Nathaniel Crawford (SO/Houston, TX), for a 7-6 tally. Schermerhorn came up with another clutch single for the Royals in his at-bat and scored Kraemer from second to tie the game again at 7-7.

After a scoreless seventh, WCU scored two unanswered runs in the top of the eighth before the Royals could mount any sort of comeback in the bottom of the frame, but the late rally would prove to be just that – late. Baranek and Gonzalez drew walks to start the inning before a single from Jeff Murray (JR/La Mirada, CA) scored Baranek, but the Royals would strand two in scoring position in the inning. Another towering homer, this time to right field, gave WCU 11 runs in in the top of the ninth and the Royals could not answer in the bottom of the frame, falling 11-8. WCU records its first WS win since 1969 with the victory over HIU - WCU coach Bobby Halford was a sophomore at Meridian High School in Mississippi at the time.

The Royals' leadoff hitters were an incredible 7-for-9 but once runners got aboard the offense ground to a crawl at times. HIU was 0-for-1 with bases loaded and 1-for-3 with runners at third, in part because the Royals struck out looking on five different occasions and stranded 10 runners on base over the course of the game.

"We didn't take advantage of our opportunities," Coach Erich Pfohl said after the game. "I thought we hit just as well or better, pitched as well or better [than WCU] and just didn't capitalize when we had the chance."

The Royals will have another shot to stay alive tomorrow at 11:30 AM against Keiser (FL) in a loser-out game – Keiser is the fourth-seeded team in the 2017 World Series and fell to host Lewis-Clark State (ID) last night by a final score of 7-4.

Links to live coverage are available for tomorrow's game on our website at hiuroyals.com – live audio and live stats are available at no charge to the viewer.

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