Josh McCauley was in complete control on the mound for the Brunswick Orioles in Thursday’s opening round game at the NABF Charles Blackburn Division World Series in Battle Creek, Michigan.
McCauley pitched a complete-game, nine-inning four-hitter with 14 strikeouts for the Orioles in a 3-1 win over TBT Black Sox to begin a three-game, pool-play series.
“Josh pitched a strong game,” Brunswick manager Rusty Potts said. “At one point, he had struck out six straight.”
Potts had said previously pitching would be a key to just how successful the Orioles would be in this tournament, which they last won in 2004.
Justin Smith and Andrew Mathias each drove in a run for Brunswick. Quinn Ambeault had a double.
The Orioles play two games on Friday to finish out pool play. The Orioles open Friday’s schedule with an 11:30 a.m. game against the Detroit Jet Box; then play a 2:30 p.m. game against the Brooklyn Sports Fever.
“Detroit has been made several appearances at this World Series,” Potts said. “I think they’ve won it a few times, but I think we’ve got what it takes to contend for the championship.”
Should Brunswick advance to Saturday’s quarterfinal round, it would be among a field of eight teams. The top two teams from each of the three pools, plus two wild card teams, advance to the quarterfinals. The championship game is set for Sunday.