LEWISTON, Idaho – (Box
No. 9 Missouri Baptist blew the game
open with a six-run third inning to win
game one of the 2013 Avista-NAIA
Baseball World Series 8-3 over No. 8
Sterling (Kan.) Friday at Harris Field.
The victory is the first-ever at the
World Series for the Spartans.
With the win, Missouri Baptist (36-12)
advances to play No. 1 Faulkner (Ala.)
(51-11) Saturday at 3 p.m. PDT. Sterling
(48-13) falls into the elimination
bracket and awaits the loser of No. 4
Northwood (Texas) and No. 5 The Master’s
(Calif.) at 9 a.m. on Saturday.
A single and hit batter set the table
for the Spartan’s in the bottom of the
third. Pier Oliver-Dostaler opened the
scoring with an RBI single that dropped
over the head of the Sterling second
baseman and into shallow right-center
field. Two hitters later, Garrett Vail
lined a bases loaded, one out single to
left that bounced away from the Warrior
defender to clear the bases.
Vail, one of two Spartans to record a
multi-hit performance, struck again the
following inning with an opposite field
single that scored Joseph Taylor and
Oliver-Dostaler. Both runs were unearned
as Oliver-Dostaler reached on Sterling’s
second error of the game.
Spartan starter Ethan Gibbons got in
trouble in the first inning as Sterling
loaded the bases, but escaped after
inducing a pop out and double play.
Gibbons, who improved to 11-0 on the
season, allowed two runs – both earned –
on five hits over eight innings. He
struck out and walked three in the
Sterling scored two of its three runs in
the sixth when designated hitter Andrew
Clark singled down the left field line,
scoring Jared Forbush and Anthony
Stewart. The Warriors added another run
in the top of the ninth, but never
threatened the Spartan advantage.
Sterling’s Daniel Cloteaux received the
loss to fall to 10-4.
The Avista-NAIA Baseball World Series is
a 10-team, double-elimination even
hosted by Lewis-Clark State College
(Idaho). This year is the 57th annual
event. For more information on the World