STARKVILLE – The White team was able to clinch the 2013 Bulldog World Series Sunday afternoon with a 7-5 win over their Maroon counterparts in the best of five series.
The White’s Game Four victory will be rewarded with a steak, lobster and baked potato dinner while the losing Maroon squad will have to dine on hot dogs without condiments.
“It’s going to taste a whole lot better because I lost this thing last year,” said White right fielder Demarcus Henderson. “I had a hot dog with baked beans on top of it because we didn’t have any condiments. I think this is going to taste a lot better to me.”
Henderson led the White’s 10-hit attack going 3-for-4 at the plate with three singles.
“I’m not trying to do too much,” Henderson said. “I kind of know my identity. I’m not a guy who’s supposed to get big and try and hit the ball out of the park. I possibly could but that’s just not me and my game. I’m more of a line drive, middle of the field kind of guy and that’s what I’ve been trying to do.”
Shortstop Matthew Britton was 2-for-3 with two singles and left fielder Jake Vickerson was 2-for-4 with a pair of singles and two runs batted in.
First baseman Wes Rea, who also served as the White manager, belted a two-run homer to left in the top of the fourth inning to jump start his offense.
“I’m feeling comfortable and working on a few things as far as consistency like what I need to do with certain pitches,” Rea said. “I’m just working on a few things this fall to know what my game is so I can just polish up a few little things (in the spring).”
Second baseman Brett Pirtle and third baseman Reid Humphreys both doubled to aid the cause for the White with Pirtle driving in one.
“It was only one pitch,” Humphreys said. “I just went up there looking for something to hit. I got something to hit and luckily got the barrel to it.”
Freshman right-hander Dakota Hudson picked up the win on the mound for the White. Hudson started and went three innings giving up two runs on four hits with three walks and three strikeouts.
Redshirt junior Wes Stokes picked up the save going 1 1/3 innings of shutout relief. Stokes allowed a hit and a walk while adding a strikeout.
The Maroon team finished with nine hits on the afternoon led by catcher Cody Walker, who went 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI.
Second baseman Kyle Hann was 2-for-4 with a pair of singles while first baseman Brent Rooker added a double.
Junior righty Trevor Fitts suffered the loss on the bump. Fitts went 4 2/3 frames surrendering five runs on six hits with five strikeouts and a walk.
Although the White won the World Series 3-1, there will still be a fifth game Tuesday afternoon at 5 p.m. Sophomore right-hander John Marc Shelly is slated to start for the Maroon while the White counter with sophomore righty Preston Brown.
Head coach John Cohen said the fifth game could have dessert implications as a reward to the winner.