Solid fundamentals carry Hawaii team to U.S. final

Raleigh tops Greenwich

Mexico, S. Korea also win

Cal Ripken World Series notebook

August 21, 2004|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Cal Ripken Sr. would have been proud.

Yesterday's single-elimination playoffs in the Cal Ripken 12-and-Under World Series in Aberdeen were full of sound, fundamental baseball, the "Ripken way."

All four games were decided by one run each.

U.S. games

Oahu, Hawaii 3, Lexington, Ky. 2: Fans will remember Jeremy Fujimoto's hit over the right fielder's head with the bases loaded in the bottom of the sixth for Oahu, giving left-hander Jarrett Arakawa his second win in the Cal Ripken 12-and-Under World Series playoffs.

But few may remember pinch hitter Chris Chung's key groundout earlier in the inning.

With the score tied at 2-2, Scott Sakaida led off the bottom of the sixth for Oahu with a double into left-center. Chung, who is expected to be the starting pitcher for Oahu in today's U.S. championship game, came up to bat for Gavin Okada.

Most expected a sacrifice bunt to get Sakaida over to third.

Instead, Oahu manager Gerald Oda let Chung hit, and Chung responded by advancing the runner.

"I got a fastball outside and went with it," said Chung, an avid New York Yankees fan.

"I work on it [moving runners over] sometimes and was trying to do it today. I was kind of surprised I was sent up there because I wasn't hitting well."

Chung's fielder's choice put the pressure on Lexington pitcher Will Evans and his Orange Crush teammates. Lexington manager Mark Blythe ordered two intentional walks to load the bases for a forceout.

Evans went 2-0 on Fujimoto, who then jumped on the next pitch to win the game.

"I was just looking for a good pitch to hit, and if I walked, I walked, but it felt so good," said Fujimoto.

Arakawa, who received the first walk of the inning and said he "didn't like that," finished with a four-hitter, striking out eight and walking one.

Raleigh, N.C. 5, Greenwich, Conn. 4: In the day's final game, Grant Shambley's two-run double with two outs in the bottom of the fourth was the difference. Devon McAlister and Michael King split time on the mound for Raleigh, which plays Oahu in today's U.S. title game.

International games

Mexico City 1, Canada 0: The defending champions ran their overall record in two years at the Ripken World Series to 12-0 with the victory.

Right-hander Gustavo Dominguez pitched a one-hitter with 11 strikeouts and one walk to set up a meeting with the Republic of Korea in today's International title game.

Ivan Tinoco's single gave the victors a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the fourth.

Republic of Korea 8, Dominican Republic 7: In the first game of the day, Ji-Chan Lee's homer in the bottom of the sixth lifted the Koreans. The Dominicans fell behind 5-1 in the first inning, but three hits by third baseman Miguel del Castillo helped them catch up.

Results, schedule


Elimination playoffs

International Division Rep. of Korea 8, Dominican Republic 7 Mexico City 1, Canada 0 U.S. Division (American & National) Oahu, Hawaii 3, Lexington, Ky. 2 Raleigh, N.C. 5, Greenwich, Conn. 4


International championship

Rep. of Korea vs. Mexico City, 1 p.m.

U.S. championship

Raleigh, N.C. vs. Oahu, Hawaii, 3.30 p.m.

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