Aberdeen, Md. – Today was the second full day of pool play at the Cal Ripken World Series (CRWS) at the Ripken Academy in Aberdeen, Md. featuring elite 11 and 12-year-old youth baseball players from around the world. All tournament games are FREE to the public. Free tickets are available online.
Pool play continues at 1pm on Monday, Aug. 13 as Midwest Plains takes on Southeast at Cal Sr. Yard and the MD State Champs take on Pacific Southwest at Fenway Park. There are seven regularly scheduled international and domestic games on Monday at Ripken Academy.
Here is a recap of Sunday’s action:
Ohio Valley 2, Middle Atlantic 11
An eight-run fourth inning blew the game wide open for Middle Atlantic, who defeated Ohio Valley 11-2 in six innings of play on Sunday at Cal Sr. Yard after. Joshua Russo had a busy day at the plate with two extra-base hits, including a double in the fourth inning. Jimmy Abreu recorded the win for Middle Atlantic, including one run over four innings; struck out three, walked three and gave up three hits. Carlos De La Cruz, Jason Manuel Pineda, Samir Portorreal and Russo combined for eight hits and four RBIs.
Japan 19, Canada 0
Japan defeated Canada 19-0 on Sunday after driving home 12 runs in the first inning. Japan pounded Canada’s pitching, as seven hitters combined for 16 hits, 16 RBIs and 16 runs scored. Kosuke Ito had a busy day at the plate, collecting four extra-base hits and hitting doubles in the first, second and third inning. Japan got the win even though Pitcher Takashi Nakayama didn’t last long and was taken out after just one inning.
New England 11, Pacific Southwest 8
In what now seems to be New England’s (Newtown, CT) MO, the teams trailed through the early portions of the game, but were able to rally and fend off a talented Pacific Southwest (Mililani, HI) team to remain undefeated in the CRWS. Pacific SW got off to a strong start and took a 2-0 lead after the first inning. New England was able to respond in the top of the second with a run of their own, however Pacific SW was able to match them to keep the lead at two. In the top of the third, New England’s Lucas O’Brien hit his team’s first homerun of the tournament to bring his team within one run.
New England was able to rally in the fourth with six runs as they hit through the entire order. In the bottom of the inning, Pacific SW was able to double up their runs, yet they now trailed by two. Pacific Southwest continued to fight back, but a two-run homerun in the top of the sixth by O’Brien sealed the victory for New England. In a sign of sportsmanship and showing this experience is more than just about baseball, the Pacific Southwest team gave all of the New England players and coaches goodie bags with gifts from Hawaii.
“They [Pacific Southwest] are a strong, sound team and it says a lot about our team’s ability,” said Tom Harrison, New England’s Head Coach. “I am impressed by our team’s ability to keep fighting and hitting throughout the game. We had three players put together a good performance and continued to put pressure on them knowing one team would crack.”
Australia 4, Mexico 6
In an afternoon nail biter, Mexico came back to defeat Australia 6-4 on Sunday at Fenway Park at Ripken Academy. Australia took the early 1-0 lead in the top of the first with a double by Alex Hall. The two teams traded runs for most of the contest, leading to seven lead changes throughout the game. Australia scored three runs in the sixth inning with a solo home run by Jett Wright. Mexico answered Australia’s top inning and took the lead with a two-run home run by Sergio Gaxiola off Jess Williams, bringing home Francisco Pena. Mexico’s Gaxiola went 3-4 in the game with three RBIs and two runs scored.
Republic of Korea 7, Dominican Republic 4
Full recap coming soon…
Harford Co. 6, Southeast 10
Southeast and Harford County battled throughout the evening, but in the end Southeast pulled out a 10-6 win in six innings over host team, Harford County.
Harford County grabbed the early 1-0 lead in the second, but Southeast climbed back into the game, scoring one run in both the second, third and fifth inning. Following the fourth inning, Southeast ran away with the game as Tyler Ward knocked in a two-run home run, closing the books on Harford County. Ward racked up two RBIs on one hit for Southeast and homered in the fourth.
Winning pitcher Sean Maletzke allowed four runs over three innings, struck out five, walked three and surrendered two hits.
MD State 7, Southwest 0
Jake Heskett dominated both on the mound and at the plate as Maryland blanks Southwest, 7-0. Maryland hit three home runs in the win, including Marcus Brown who homered in the second inning and Heskett, who homered in the fourth and fifth. In total, Maryland’s Brown, Heskett, Brooks Bengtson and Josh Netterville combined for six hits and six RBIs.
Starting pitcher John Paul Walsh threw eight strikeouts in three innings of shutout ball and allowed only two hits. Heskett followed Walsh’s lead, hurling three innings of shutout ball and claiming the win for Maryland. Heskett struck out four, walked one and surrendered two hits.
All tournament games will air on the internet radio station, SFMsports.net and simulcast through live Web cameras on worldseries.ripkenbaseball.com powered by WatchMeSports.com for the second year in a row. Real-time stats and score updates are also available at www.GameChanger.io.