East Carolina University’s baseball head coach Cliff Godwin will act as league commissioner when the team takes the mound for its annual Purple-Gold tournament this weekend.
The Purple-Gold tournament is a three game series held inside Clark-LeClair Stadium starting tomorrow following the end of fall practices. Each member of the Pirates team is drafted by pre-selected team captains, appointed by Godwin, that head the Purple and Gold squads.
West Covington and Drew Henrickson will head the Purple side, while Ryan Ross and Davis Kirkpatrick were selected for the Gold side.
“All (of us are) seniors (and) captains for Purple-Gold, which is awesome because every single one of those guys have worked hard from day one,” Ross said.
Covington and Henrickson drafted Jake Agnos, Dusty Baker, Zach Barnes, Spencer Brickhouse, Turner Brown, Austin Covers, Chris Holba, Sam Lanier, Connor Litton, Bryant Packard, Spencer Smith, Willy Strong, Jake Washer, Jeremy Whitehead, Gavin Williams and Bryson Worrell for the Purple team.
Agnos was also just selected to represent the Pirates and the American Athletic Conference at the 2017-18 NCAA Student-Athlete Leadership Forum in Washington D.C. on Nov.16-19.
For the Gold team, Ross and Kirkpatrick selected Nick Barber, Cole Beavin, Trey Benton, Matt Bridges, Seth Caddell, Cam Colmore, Alec Burleson, Chandler Jenkins, Noah Jones, Kirkpatrick, Jake Kuchmaner, Brady Lloyd, Josh Netterville, Tyler Smith, Evan Voliva, Collin Watt and Dwanya Williams-Sutton.
“One thing that’s really been exciting is that the entire fall, we’ve been doing everything with intent and have been extremely competitive,” Ross said. “Almost like having a chip on our shoulder because of how things went last year.”
The Pirates failed to live up to preseason expectations as they fell short of another Super Regional berth, while not eclipsing 40 wins.
Game one begins today at 3:15 p.m., followed by game two tomorrow at 4 p.m. and closes with a 1 p.m. start to conclude the tournament on Saturday. All tickets to each game are free for the public.