Aberdeen, Md. – Today was the fourth 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.
Here is a recap of all of Tuesday’s action:
Canada 6, Australia 13
Australia’s Jack O’Loughlin lead the team to a 13-6 win over Canada as he clubbed two home runs at Cal Sr. Yard in six innings. The game was back-and-forth heading into the fifth, with five lead changes. Australia pulled out the win thanks to a strong fifth inning which saw a seven run explosion, breaking open a 6-6 tie. O’Loughlin led the team in home runs which also included homers by Conor Laverty, and Jett Wright. Jesse Williams got the win in relief for Australia. Williams pitched two-thirds of an inning and allowed no runs.
Harford County 5, Midwest Plains 1
Harford County jumped on Midwest Plains (Lamar, CO) early on its way to a 5-1 win on Tuesday at Fenway Park in six innings, scoring three runs in the first inning. Nick Sulzbach had two extra-base hits for Harford County, hitting a double in the first inning and a homer in the fourth inning. Andy Dodd put together a nice outing, holding Midwest Plains hitless over three innings, allowing no earned runs, and strucking out five. Midwest Plains scored its only run of the game on an RBI single by Davin Jacobs in the second inning.
“This was such a great game for our team, since the game before this was very close,” said Jim Wax, Head Coach of the Harford County team. “I think this is Harford County’s first win in three years of playing in this tournament, so this is absolutely a great experience for these kids. It’s unbelievable, I’m very proud of this team.”
Pacific Southwest 12, Pacific Northwest 2
The Pacific Southwest (Mililani, HI) team showed how competitive of a team they are today with a commanding victory over the Pacific Northwest (Longview, WA) team to improve to a 2-1 record in the CRWS. They scored at least one run every inning and their pitching and defense did a tremendous job in limiting the Pacific Northwest team from getting any offense going.
Both offensively and defensively the Pacific Southwest team was led by Mathew Inaba. He showcased his defensive skills in the first inning by making a sensational running catch in right-center field. In the fourth inning, Inaba crushed a three-run homerun over the right field wall that bounced off of the hotel. Pitchers Ryne Oshiro and Jarron Carter combined to strike out seven batters and only gave up three hits en route to their team’s victory.
“I thought we played really well today,” said Pacific Southwest Head Coach Gary Ichimura. “But I don’t think coaching made a big difference – it’s really the kids. I just remind them to play Shocker baseball – execute their plays, do what they practice and play within their means.”
Mexico 4, Republic of Korea 5
Mexico came out on fire, but couldn’t hang on to the lead, losing 5-4 against Korea on Tuesday at Fenway Park. While Mexico led until the sixth inning, Korea worked its way back and took the lead on an RBI single by Jun Young Ha. Hyeon Su Kim of Korea pitched two innings and allowed no earned runs on one hit. Francisco Pena was solid at the plate for Mexico. He went 2-3, drove in one and scored one run. Pena homered in the first inning and singled in the sixth inning. Korea’s Ha allowed four hits and four runs, and was a replaced after two innings. Mexico jumped out to an early 4-0 lead in the top of the first. A solo home run by Sergio Pena started the inning off. Additionally, Mexico’s Escarpita scored on a two-run home run by Sergio Gaxiola and scored on a solo home run by Pena.
Southeast 8, Middle Atlantic 4
Reese Albert went 1-2 and hit a home run in the first inning, sparking Southeast to an 8-4 victory in six innings over Middle Atlantic. Jemal Betances had a busy day at the plate, collecting two extra-base hits. He doubled in the first and third innings and singled in the sixth inning. Tyler Ward allowed four runs over six innings. Ward struck out six, walked none and gave up seven hits. Middle Atlantic brought home one run in the third inning, and matched that run total in the fourth. In the third, Middle Atlantic scored on an RBI double by Betances, plating Joshua Russo. Middle Atlantic answered Southeast’s top inning with two runs of its own in the sixth.
“The boys were just tremendous today, they never gave up,” said Southeast Head Coach Christopher Ward. “They started out a little bit slow the first two games of the series, but I think they finally woke up and got the jitters out of them, really playing like we play Jupiter baseball. We are sitting in a good position at 3-0, so we can’t take anything for granted. Our motto all year long has been ‘one game at a time,’ so that’s how we are going to continue.”
Dominican Republic 4, Japan 14
Japan took the lead early on against Dominican Republic, capturing a 14-4 victory on Tuesday at Cal Sr. Yard. Japan put some runs on the board early with the help of a sacrifice fly by Kosuke Ito, an RBI double by Koki Okada, an RBI single by Shunsuke Yano in the first inning and a two-run home run by Tomoya Koike. Dominican Republic was led by Pedro Reyes’s hitting. Reyes went 2-3, drove in one and scored two runs. He homered in the third inning and singled in the fifth inning. Shoto Yamazaki recorded the win for Japan. He pitched one shutout inning, striking out two, walking none and surrendering one hit.
Overall, Japan had six hitters combined for 13 hits, eight RBIs and 12 runs scored. Ernesto Adames lasted just one-third of an inning on the hill for Dominican Republic before being replaced, allowing three hits and three runs. Japan’s Yano was taken out after just two innings and surrendered three hits and one run. After pushing across one run in the top of the second, Dominican Republic faced just a 3-1 deficit. An RBI single by Franklin Santana set off Dominican Republic rally. Jose Valdez flew out to end the Dominican Republic threat. Japan scored four runs of its own in the second.
Newtown 0, Maryland State Champs 6
After a rain delay postponed the Newtown v. Maryland State Champs game on Tuesday, Aug. 14, the game continued on Wednesday, Aug. 15 at 10:30 a.m. Maryland beat New England 6-0 at Cal Sr.’s Yard. Maryland’s Jake Heskett kept New England off the board during his six innings of work, allowing only five hits, one walk and striking out 10. Maryland blew out New England thanks to seven hits, including three extra base hits. John Walsh racked up four RBIs on two hits for Maryland, homered in the third inning and singled in the fifth inning.
Fans can follow the tournament through the tournament’s official social media pages including Twitter (@CRWSAberdeen), and at Facebook.com/CRWSAberdeen.
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.