The Charles County Chargers seemed on the verge of their third straight victory in the Cal Ripken World Series last night in Aberdeen but found heartbreak instead.
Leading Northwest Bakersfield (Calif.) 1-0 with two outs in the bottom of the sixth and final inning at Cal Sr. Field, starting pitcher Jake Williams gave up a single to Eddie Torres and a two-run walk-off homer to Todd Hicks in the 2-1 loss.
Charles County meets New Canaan, Conn. (1-2) this morning at 10. Maryland's other representative, the Bel Air Braves (0-2), will go for their first win when they meet College Point, N.Y. (2-1) tonight at 6.
The champions from the U.S. division and the International divisions will meet in a 3 p.m. game that will be televised nationally on Comcast SportsNet and streamed live on MLB.com.
The highlight of the Ripken World Series so far was the first perfect game in the event's history. Japan's Inoue Kazuma struck out 11 of the 27 batters he faced in an 8-0 victory over Canada on Saturday night.