Wash. slugger regaining power

Mendenhall recovering from mononucleosis

Cal Ripken World Series

August 16, 2006|By PAT O'MALLEY | PAT O'MALLEY,SUN REPORTER

Matt Mendenhall hit seven homers on seven pitches in winning the home run derby at the Pacific Northwest Regional. But this past weekend at the Cal Ripken World Series derby, Mendenhall didn't go deep one time.

Mendenhall, who's from Kennewick, Wash., came down with mononucleosis just before arriving in Aberdeen, but doctors and his parents have allowed him to play.

In his second game of the series Monday, Mendenhall hit his 50th homer of the summer, his 27th in six postseason tournaments, in Kennewick's 14-4 rout of St. Mary's County.

"Matt is a little weak but wants to play and can still hit them out," said Kennewick manager Brett Sanders. "He's as good a hitter as you will see at this level.

"Despite the mono, the only time he sits down is when he is back at the home of his host family, and they've been trying to get him to rest. He's a typical 12-year-old, and you can't get them to sit still."

Back home, Mendenhall cleared a 297-foot fence with a high net twice, with the drives "carrying well over 310 feet," Sanders said.

The fences on the four fields being used at the Ripken Academy are in the range of 206 to 215 down the lines.

"When Matt hits them, they are gone," Sanders said.

Mendenhall, who has hit three homers in a game several times, didn't say much about his illness, but he did say: "I want another chance at Hawaii."

Defending champion Hilo shut out Kennewick, 2-0, in the series opener.

"We didn't hit in that game," said Mendenhall, who also plays basketball, football and golf.

His team beat Bryant, Ark., 6-3, last night.

In other games:

Jhon Araujo out-dueled Australia's Luke Shipway on a three-hitter to give the Dominican Republic (2-1) a 2-0 victory over the Aussies (1-1).

Despite throwing no breaking pitches, Shipway pitched well before being removed in the fifth with one out and two on.

Left-hander Jackson Lodge had shut out Canada, 3-0, on a three-hitter for the Aussies the night before. Australia's rules prohibit youngsters from throwing curves and breaking pitches until they are 16.

Canada's Nathan Ackerman became the first to hit the 24-foot green wall at the Fenway Park replica field, some 20 feet up, and later homered to right in his team's 6-0 victory over the Republic of Korea.

Southeastern Lexington, Ky., got homers from Travis Murray, Reid Van Bussum and Brandon Shrout in a 14-1 romp over Missouri (0-3). The Kentucky team (3-0) clinched a berth in the playoffs for the fourth straight year.

Home runs by Cody Christian (three-run) and Wilson McCall (two-run) sparked an eight-run fifth as Alabama rolled, 13-6, over New York.

pat.omalley@baltsun.com

SCORES, SCHEDULE

Yesterday's results

Lexington, Ky. 14, Mineral Area, Mo. 1 Canada 6, South Korea 0 Satsuma, Ala. 13, Bronx, N.Y. 6 Dominican Republic 2, Australia 0 Hilo, Hawaii 12, St. Mary's County, Md. 0 Kennewick, Wash. 6, Bryant, Ark. 3

Today's games

Satsuma, Ala. vs. Lexington, Ky., 11 a.m. Canada vs. Mexico, noon Hilo, Hawaii vs. Bryant, Ark., 1:30 p.m. Newtown, Conn. vs. St. Mary's County, Md., 4 p.m. Harford County, Md. vs. Bronx, N.Y., 6 p.m. Korea vs. Australia, 8 p.m.

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