Emmorton still has chance at playoffs

After loss, today's game against Tampa a must-win

Ripken World Series Notebook

August 15, 2007|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN REPORTER

Attempting to become the first Harford County team in the Cal Ripken 12-and-under World Series' five-year history in Aberdeen to win two games and have a shot at the playoffs, Emmorton dropped a 4-2 decision to College Point, N.Y., yesterday at Cal Sr.'s Yard.

Southeast Lexington, Ky. (3-1), qualified as the top seed in the National Division with a 10-2 rout of Tampa, Fla. (2-1), but Emmorton (1-2) and the other division teams are still alive for the other berth.

It's Southeast Lexington's fifth straight appearance in the playoffs.

Emmorton joined Hickory Fountain Green as the only other host Harford team to win a game in the series, the latter winning one last year, but Emmorton has to beat Tampa at 4 p.m. today to have a chance at the playoffs.

The possibility of a three-way tie, with all the teams at 2-2, exists if Emmorton wins after College Point (1-2) and Sikeston, Mo. (1-2) meet at 1:30.

It's likely a tiebreaker will have to be invoked unless Tampa defeats Emmorton and takes the other berth at 3-1. In the event of a two- or three-way tie, the criterion of fewest runs allowed would be enacted. Sikeston has yielded the fewest runs (14). Emmorton and Tampa each have given up 17, and College Point has allowed 23.

"The kids are upbeat despite the loss," Emmorton manager Mike Scheuerman said. "Our kids have done very well and we're pitching Billy Dearth against Tampa. He has our win [3-2 over Sikeston]. We watched Tampa yesterday and we know they are going to be tough."

Scheuerman's son, Zach, went 3-for-3 and took Player of the Game honors for Emmorton yesterday.

"Teams have taken us lightly and think we're some easy host team," Zach Scheuerman said. "But we've played pretty well. Our sticks just didn't come alive [yesterday] and we're going to have to bring our `A' game [today]."

SE Lexington rolls

Ryan Bale hit a three-run homer and was 3-for-3 to pace Southeast Lexington to its impressive romp over Tampa.

On Monday, Southeast Lexington overcame a 7-0 deficit to tie the game in the bottom of the sixth, only to lose to Sikeston, 8-7, in eight innings.

Against Tampa, Southeast Lexington scored four runs in both the first and second innings after Tampa had taken a 2-0 lead in the top of the first.

"We forgot about that game after it ended and came out really pumped for Tampa," said Bale, who was named Player of the Game.

Home run derby

Greenwich, Conn. (1-2), won yesterday by belting a record five homers to pound Calvert County, 10-1.

Mexico hit four homers Monday night in a 16-2 romp over Canada.

pat.omalley@baltsun.com

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