Oahu ready to showcase Meyer in Ripken play

Bronx next for Hawaiians

Mexico stays undefeated

Baseball

August 19, 2005|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Kewby Meyer of Oahu, Hawaii, is going to be a player to watch as the single-elimination round of the Cal Ripken 12-and-under World Series starts today in Aberdeen.

Oahu won the National Division and will play the Bronx, N.Y., the American Division's second-place team, at 2:30 p.m. today. The winner will advance to tomorrow's United States Championship game at 3:35.

Meyer, one of the tournament's outstanding pitcher/hitters, is playing in his second straight Cal Ripken World Series.

The 5-foot-10, 165-pound left-hander nearly single-handedly put his team in Aberdeen by hitting four homers in three state-championship games and seven in Oahu's four Pacific Southwest Region wins.

He only has one homer and is batting .500 so far in the World Series, but had only eight official at-bats before yesterday's final round-robin game, which he did not start. Oahu defeated Calvert County (1-3), 8-5, to finish 4-0 in pool play.

Oahu manager Gerald Oda wanted to use some players who have not seen much action, and sat Meyer down.

"Kewby is our best hitter and he also is a pretty good pitcher," Oda said.

As a pitcher, Meyer is 1-0 here with 10 strikeouts in just five innings.

Defending champion Mexico (4-0) won the International Division for a third straight year, finishing the round-robin with a 12-0 rout of the Republic of Korea.

In winning its 18th straight game in three years, Mexico got a strong pitching effort from Andres Alvarez and hit three homers.

Hiram Gutierrez had two of the homers and Jesus Garcia hit an inside-the-park shot.

Mexico will play the Republic of Korea (1-3), the fourth seed, again today at 5:30 in the International playoffs.

The second-seeded Dominican Republic (3-1) will play third-seeded Australia (2-2) at noon today, and the winner will meet the Mexico-Korea winner for the International championship at 1:05 tomorrow.

Southeast Lexington, Ky. (3-1) became the only top seed in the three divisions to lose its final game and not go 4-0.

Jackson, Mo. (2-2), which won its last two, including a five-homer, 13-2 rout of Hickory Fountain Green, upset Southeast Lexington, 5-4, yesterday with a four-run third.

Having already clinched first place in the American Division, Southeast Lexington will play Willamette Valley, Ore. (3-1), the National's second-place team, at 8 tonight in the day's final playoff game.

Ripken World Series

Standings

American

W L Pct. GB

SE Lexington, Ky. 3 1 .750 --

Bronx, N.Y. 3 1 .750 --

West Raleigh, N.C. 2 2 .500 1

Jackson, Mo. 2 2 .500 1

Hickory Fountain Green 0 4 .000 3

National

W L Pct. GB

Oahu, Hawaii 4 0 1.000 --

Willamette Valley, Ore. 3 1 .750 1

Meridian, Miss. 2 2 .500 2

Calvert County 1 3 .250 3

Marblehead, Mass. 0 4 .000 4

International

W L Pct. GB

Mexico 4 0 1.000 --

Dominican Republic 3 1 .750 1

Australia 2 2 .500 2

Republic of Korea 1 3 .250 3

Canada 0 4 .000 4

Results, schedule

Yesterday

Meridian, Miss. 3, Marblehead, Mass. 2 Mexico 12, Republic of Korea 0 Jackson, Mo. 5, SE Lexington, Ky. 4 Oahu, Hawaii 8, Calvert County 5

Today

Single-elimination playoffs At Cal Sr.'s Yard International games Australia vs. Dominican Republic, noon Republic of Korea vs. Mexico, 5:30 p.m. United States games Bronx, N.Y. vs. Oahu, Hawaii, 2:30 p.m. Willamette Valley, Ore. vs. SE Lexington, Ky., 8 p.m.

Tomorrow

At Cal Sr.'s Yard International championship, 1:05 p.m. United States championship, 3:35 p.m.

Sunday

At Cal Sr.'s Yard World Series title game International champion vs. U.S. champion, 7:05 p.m.

Note: Comcast SportsNet will televise live tomorrow's and Sunday's games.

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