Davidson speeds Arkansas to 2-0 win

Cal Ripken World Series

August 17, 2006|By PAT O'MALLEY | PAT O'MALLEY,SUN REPORTER

Blake Davidson, who might be the hardest thrower in the Cal Ripken 12-and-under World Series in Aberdeen, helped Bryant, Ark., shut down defending champion Hilo, Hawaii, 2-0, by allowing four hits with eight strikeouts to create a possible three-way tie for first in the American Division on the final day.

Lexington, Ky., finished 4-0 as top seed in the National Division with a 16-6 romp over Satsuma, Ala., as Travis Murray became the first to hit one over the 24-foot green wall at the replica Fenway. Murray was 4-for-4 and pitched two scoreless innings.

Satsuma (2-1) is still alive for second in the National Division. The top four teams in the International Division qualify. Mexico is 3-0 going into today after beating Canada, 6-0, yesterday.

The Republic of Korea (0-3) is out, and Canada (1-3) will be fourth. Australia (2-1), which plays Mexico at 4 p.m. today, is jockeying with Canada and the Dominican Republic (2-1) for the 1-2-3 order of finish.

The top two teams in each of the American and National divisions will qualify for the playoffs, which start tomorrow. Hilo finished 3-1, Bryant is 2-1 and plays St. Mary's County (0-3) today at 11 a.m. Kennewick, Wash., (2-1) is the third team in the mix and the Northwest team plays Newtown, Conn., (1-2), also at 11 today.

Hilo defeated Kennewick, Kennewick defeated Bryant and Bryant defeated Hilo in head-to-head games. The next tiebreaker would be fewest runs allowed. Hilo has clinched first with only five runs allowed.

But with Hilo separated from the other two, the tiebreaker goes back to head-to-head, and Kennewick takes second with its 6-3 win over Bryant on Tuesday.

"I'm extremely proud of the kids bouncing back after the loss to Kennewick, and Hawaii staring them in the face today," Bryant manager Wayne Taylor said.

"Washington was our first loss in postseason play. We had won 15 in a row, so to come back like we did was a phenomenal task."

Davidson is the reason Bryant was able to bounce back. The 6-foot right-hander was throwing 74-75 mph from 46 feet on a Stalker radar gun.

Ryan Tita of Newtown became the first player to hit three out of Cal Sr.'s Yard in the same game to lead a 14-3 rout of St. Mary's County.

pat.omalley@baltsun.com

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