The Valparaiso University baseball team is set for its annual version of the Fall Classic, which is slated to begin on Monday, Oct. 2 at 3:30 p.m. CT at Emory G. Bauer Field.
The Crusaders will split into two squads, as Team Brown – led by assistant coach Kory Winter – will faced off with Team Gold, which is under the direction of assistant coach Nic Mishler.
The second game of the series will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 4 at 3:30 p.m. before the Fall World Series concludes on Saturday, Oct. 7 at 11 a.m.
Positions players Chase Dawson, Austin Schell, Brent Jones, Steven Fitzsimmons, Ryan Wickman, Zach Orn, Blake Lutgen, Chad Jacob and Kevin Barry will compete for Team Brown. The squad will have a pitching staff comprised of James Meyer, Josh Currier, Andy Samuelson, Kevin Forde, Jon Tieman, Chet Joslyn, Jarrett Hammel and Michael Hardtke.
Team Gold’s group of position players features Jayden Eggimann, Patrick Donohue, Scott Kapers, Riley Dent, Sam Shaikin, Giovanni Garbella, Christian Barczi, Blake Billinger and Zack Leone. The pitching staff is made up of Easton Rhodehouse, Alex Dirienzo, Garrett Hill, Luke VanLanen, Nick Leaverton, Michael Mommersteeg and Jake Larson.
The Crusaders are preparing for their first season as members of the Missouri Valley Conference. Valpo won eight of its last 11 games in 2016, as a young group that featured 11 freshmen and 15 newcomers finished the season with 24 wins.