Aberdeen, Md. – Today was the last 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 for Championship Weekend (Aug. 18-19) are available online.
Here is a recap of Wednesday’s tournament action:
Southeast 9, Ohio Valley 8
Both of the offenses dominated Wednesday as Southeast and Ohio Valley put up 20 hits and 17 runs combined in a 9-8 Southeast win. The first inning saw Southeast take an early lead, 1-0, when Tyler Ward doubled, bringing home Austin Temple. Ohio Valley answered Southeast’s inning, scoring their first run. Ohio Valley’s Brock Moncel held Southeast hitless over one inning, allowing no earned runs, walking none and striking out two. The game was back-and-forth heading into the sixth, with nine lead changes. Southeast took the lead in the sixth inning and held on for the victory. A sacrifice fly by Sean Maletzke scored Tyler Ward and gave Southeast the final lead.
“We’re not pleased with the way we played,” said Southeast Head Coach Chris Wood. “We felt like the kids just showed up and thought it was just going to happen. But, at the end of the day, a bad win is better than a good loss – that’s the way I look at it. We’re going to try and improve before the next game. We have to go back to the drawing board – we’re going to go out to an Orioles game tonight, enjoy ourselves and get some good sleep. Tomorrow we’ll come out and practice for two hours and prepare for a very important game.”
Canada 2, Dominican Republic 6
Pedro Reyes went 1-1 as Dominican Republic took home a 6-2 victory over Canada in six innings on Wednesday, singling in the fifth inning. Canada had no answer for pitcher Steve Martinez, who kept runners off the bases during his appearance. Canada managed just two hits off of Martinez, who allowed no earned runs, walked two and struck out five during his four innings of work. Jarrod Gourley was hot from the plate for Canada, blasting a home run in the fifth inning.
Middle Atlantic 11, Midwest Plains 5
Middle Atlantic took the lead early over Midwest Plains, capturing an 11-5 victory on Wednesday. An RBI triple by Jemal Betances, an RBI double by Samir Portorreal, and an RBI single by Carlos De La Cruz in the first inning fueled Middle Atlantic’s offense early. Tandi Tejada boosted his batting average thanks to a perfect 2-2 day at the plate to pace Middle Atlantic. Midwest Plains were led by Davin Jacobs who went 2-2, drove in one and scored one run. Jason Manuel Pineda got the win for Middle Atlantic, allowing four runs over four innings and striking out six.
“It’s very exciting to win another game and continue to the semi-finals against Hawaii on Friday,” said Peggy Guzman, the manager for the Middle Atlantic team from the Bronx. “Hopefully, we’ll get a win from that one as well. Since we have off tomorrow, we’re going to practice and play hard to prepare for the next game.”
Pacific Northwest 5, New England 6
New England outlasted Pacific Northwest on Wednesday after seven lead changes, winning 6-5. Lucas O’Brien blasted a walk off home run for New England in the bottom of the sixth. Adam Bergeron went 2-2 at the plate to pace New England. He singled in the second inning and homered in the fourth inning. Benjamin Dieckman got the win for New England, tossing one inning of shutout ball. Coons had a short outing, lasting only 1 1/3 innings on the hill for Pacific Northwest. Coons surrendered two hits and two runs.
“It feels awesome to win,” said Christopher O’Brien of the Newtown, Conn. team representing New England. “Now, we’re 3-1. We were in the [Cal Ripken] World Series for 10-year-olds and we were 0-4 so we came here with the goal of winning one game and then expectations changed. Technically, we’re tied for first, but with the tie-breakers where they are we came up in third place. We get to play Australia tomorrow, which is really cool – we get an extra game. The kids are really excited we exceeded our expectations and can’t wait for our next game.”
Pacific Southwest 6, Southwest 0
Two pitchers joined forces to throw a no-hitter for Pacific Southwest in a 6-0 victory in six innings over Southwest on Wednesday. Ryne Aniya and Trevor Ichimura rounded out their sterling stat line with six strikeouts and one walk. Aniya held Southwest hitless over five innings, allowed no earned runs, walked one and struck out five. Pacific Southwest racked up seven hits, including five extra base hits. Pacific Southwest scored three runs in the first on a two-run error and an RBI double by Ryne Oshiro. Shea Yamaguchi was hot from the plate for Pacific Southwest. Yamaguchi went 2-3 and scored two runs, hitting a double in the first inning and a single in the fifth inning.
“The highlight of the game was probably Ryne Aniya’s outing,” said Pacific Southwest Head Coach Gary Ichimura after the game. “He pitched five innings of shutout ball – five strikeouts, one walk and no hits. Overall, our experience at the Cal Ripken World Series has been fabulous. We have always dreamed of being here and to finally be here is amazing.”
Republic of Korea 13, Australia 3
Hyeon Su Kim was strong at the plate and on the bump, carrying Korea to a 13-3 victory over Australia on Wednesday. Kim racked up three RBIs on two hits, homered in the third inning and doubled in the fourth inning. Kim held Australia hitless over one inning, allowed no earned runs, and struck out three. The biggest inning for Korea was the fourth, scoring nine runs. Min Gyu Kim got the win for Korea, allowing only one run and striking out three over two innings. Australia’s Jess Williams racked up two RBIs on one hit and doubled in the third inning.
Mexico 1, Japan 11
An early lead of nine runs in the first three innings gave Japan the victory over Mexico on Wednesday evening, 11-1. A sacrifice fly by Kosuke Ito, an RBI single by Tomoya Koike, a two-run homerun by Ito, and an error helped Japan gain the early lead. Mexico’s Juan Escarpita had a good day at the plate, driving in one run and scoring one run. He homered in the second inning. Japan’s Takashi Nakayama got it done on the mound on the way to the win, allowing one run over two innings, striking out four and surrendering just one hit. Mexico’s Luis Tinoco lasted 1 2/3 innings on the mound, allowing six hits and six runs.
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.