Bartlesville, Okla. — The Eagles will host the 2013 Fall World Series this Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at Doenges Memorial Stadium. Thursday and Friday night we be held under the lights with first pitch at 6:00 p.m. The third game of the best of three series will be played at noon on Saturday.
Seniors Andrew Murphy and Cody Riley are the honorary captains for this year’s World Series. Murphy and Riley were selected as captains by the coaching staff, and Murphy and Riley were awarded the privilege to draft their perspective teams.
Team Murphy (Flint City Tropics)
Rhett Acker, Daniel Barber, Fernando Beltran, Trae Bobo, Colby Crossen, Brandon Cummings, Riley Deckard, Beau Dismukes, Josh Eaves, Avery Flores, Ethan Freeman, Garrett Gray, Sam Haynes, Michael Hernandez, Diego Ibarra, Gunner Joyce, Asa Manship, Keith Matyavosky, Will Price, Luis Rodriguez, Tyler Sherwood, Giancarlo Sironi, Andrew Smith, Cody Stafford, and Daniel Wren were each taken on the behalf of Team Murphy.
The Flint City Tropics have elected to start RHP Daniel Wren in game 1 of the World Series. Wren, a junior from Copan, OK, has had a steady fall for the Eagles, and he will present a challenge offensively for the Las Aguilars. The Tropics have a healthy mix of young and old within the roster make up. 12 returners from last year’s squad, along with 14 new faces to the Eagles program will battle for Murphy’s Tropics.
The Tropics have the potential to have an explosive offense behind the bats of Fernando Beltran, Giancarlo Sironi and Michael Hernandez, as well as freshmen Josh Eaves, Trae Bobo and Will Price. Steady defensive play will be a key for the Tropics. On the infield Avery Flores, Andrew Murphy, and Gunner Joyce along with Rodriguez and Crossen have all proved their worth as defenders throughout the fall.
The Tropics outfielders will provide added stability to the defense behind Eagles returners Asa Manship and Beau Dismukes. Junior transfer Ethan Freeman as well as freshmen Tyler Sherwood and Keith Matyavosky will round out the Tropics outfield defensively. Junior catcher Brandon Cummings has controlled the running game well all fall, and could be a difference maker for the Tropics.
Garrett Gray has grinded all fall and has steadily proved that he can be a difference maker behind the plate. Perhaps the biggest advantage to team Murphy is found in the bullpen. Murphy drafted a veteran staff of relievers with his picks of Cody Stafford, Sam Haynes, and Andrew Smith. Lone freshman Riley Deckard is the only reliever for the weekend without collegiate experience, but he has proven himself as a competitor throughout the fall.
Transfer Diego Ibarra who has proven to have electric stuff will start the Friday night game for the Tropics. Junior Rhett Acker will finish off the series for the Tropics on Saturday. Acker has been Mr. Consistent all fall, and could provide stability for the Tropics in the crucial third game.
Daniel Barber will assist Coach Longshore and Coach Flanagan with coaching the Tropics
Team Riley (Las Aguilas)
Garrett Ayala, Juan Berumen, Josh Bible, Cody Boyers, Jeff Butler, John Davenport, Jeff Deavenport, Josh Donato, Garrett Easton, Seth Garrett, CJ Gregory, Zach Hendrix, Jaylen Jackson, Matt Johnson, Matt Lisenbe, Brice McCulloch, RW Royal, Jose Ruiz, Ty Shipley, Robert Shockley, Tyler Spoon, Rafael Torres, and Jeff Wintz were each taken on the behalf of Team Riley.
Las Aguilas will start junior right-hander Juan Berumen in Game 1 on Thursday night. Berumen comes to Oklahoma Wesleyan by way of California and looks to start the series on the right foot for Las Aguilas. The offense will be powered by team captain, and senior, Cody Riley.
Riley will be joined by juniors Jose Ruiz and John Davenport, AKA Johnny Baseball. Behind the plate, Las Aguilas will have two freshmen, Brice McCulloch and Matt Lisenbe. Both have made strides this fall and figure to factor into the series. The infield defense will be anchored by junior-college transfer Jeff Butler. Butler has shown the ability to lead throughout the fall. Joining him in the infield will be freshmen Josh Bible, Matt Johnson, and RW Royal. Bible, Johnson, and Royal have improved throughout the fall and should provide help for Las Aguilas both in the field and at the plate.
Rounding out the infield will be sophomore Robert Shockley and junior Jeff Wintz. Wintz has shown the versatility to play multiple positions, while Shockley brings great energy to Las Aguilas. The outfield will be led by Rafael Torres, a Puerto Rico native. Joining Torres in the outfield will be sophomores Josh Donato and Seth Garrett. Both Donato and Garret have the ability to play defense at a high level, while also contributing at the plate. The outfield will be rounded out by freshmen Garrett Easton and Tyler Spoon.
Both have made progress throughout the fall, and bring both energy and skill to Las Aguilas. On Friday night, Las Aguilas will start CJ Gregory on the mound. Gregory has been consistent throughout the fall, and looks to continue that on Friday night. Starting on Saturday will be senior Zach Hendrix.
Hendrix has come on strong as of late, and will provide a steady hand and tough test for the Tropics on Saturday. The bullpen for Las Aguilas will consist of only freshmen, including Cody Boyers, Ty Shipley, and Garrett Ayala. All three have shown flashes of consistency this fall, and will play big roles in the success of Las Aguilas.
Jaylen Jackson and Jeffrey Deavenport will assist Coach Ruiz and Coach Steinmentz for the Las Aguilas.
For up to date information on the series, as well as game day line-ups, follow the OKWU Twitter account @Okwubaseball
Come support the Eagles this weekend as we finish out a great fall!