Bakersfield blasts White Plains in Ripken World Series

August 16, 2010|By Sports Digest

The Pacific Southwest champions from Bakersfield, Calif., hit four home runs behind a strong pitching performance from Andrew Theron to defeat the Maryland state champions from White Plains, 9-4, on Day Two of the weeklong Cal Ripken World Series on Sunday in Aberdeen.

Willamette Valley (Ore.) 4, Mountain Home (Ark.) 3: Justin Herbert hit a walk-off home run in the sixth inning to lift the Pacific Northwest representives over the Southwest champs. Herbert also got the win, pitching three scoreless innings and striking out seven.

Japan 10, Australia 0, 4 innings: Masaya Sawada threw an abbreviated no-hitter, and Ritsuki Ohnishi and Kazuki Yano both hit home runs and had three RBIs to lead Japan.

Republic of Korea 9, Canada 2: Shortstop and leadoff hitter Seong Ho Hong went 3-for-3 with a double, RBI and four stolen bases as Korea routed Canada.

Mexico 4, Dominican Republic 0: Luis Urias and Humberto Moreno hit solo homers for Mexico, and pitcher Carlos De Leon threw a one-hitter with 10 strikeouts in blanking the Dominican Republic.

Saturday's results

White Plains 7, Mountain Home (Ark.) 0: Jack Pilkerton threw five shutout innings as the Maryland state champions from White Plains cruised to a 7-0 win over Mountain Home, Ark.. Pilkerton lost his no-hit bid midway through the fourth inning when outfielder Austin Jacobelli recorded the only hit for Arkansas, representing the Southwest. Third baseman Darren Prebble, the runner-up in the State Farm Home Run Derby on Friday, hit two home runs and finished with five RBIs in the win.

Ocala (Fla.) 12, Emmorton (Md.) 1, 5 innings: The Southeast Regional champions scored in every inning on their way to a 12-1 win over the Harford County champs. Catcher Angel Camacho led the way with four hits in four at-bats and seven RBIs. Emmorton's lone score came in the third inning when shortstop Nicolas Louge stole home after second baseman Matthew Ferretti was caught stealing second.

Lexington (Ky.) 10, Newark (Del.) 8: The Ohio Valley champions hammered out 14 hits against the Middle Atlantic representatives, while pitcher Anthony Ethington struck out seven in three innings in a back-and-fourth contest featuring four lead changes. Delaware outfielder Joseph Otto doubled in the last inning, but the late three-run rally was not enough.

Norwalk (Conn.) 14, Bakersfield (Calif.) 8: The New England Regional champions hit six home runs to defeat the Pacific Southwest champs. Catcher Matthew Parlanti, third baseman David Balunek and pitcher Noah Yokio finished with two homers each. Yokio allowed four runs in four innings of work to earn the win.

Republic of Korea 7, Dominican Republic 1: Pitchers Jae Heon Seong and Tae Eun Yun allowed only three hits in Korea's win over the Dominican Republic. Outfielder Seung Woo Lee had two of Korea's five hits. He finished with a home run and two RBIs in the win.

Mexico 6, Australia 2: A five-run fourth inning helped propel Mexico to the come-from-behind win over Australia. Shortstop Luis Urias fueled the offense with the team's first home run in the first inning and an RBI double in the fourth. Pitcher Sebastian Lizarraga pitched a complete game, striking out 11.

Japan 13, Canada 1, 4 innings: A three-run home run by pitcher Ritsuki Ohnishi sparked an eight-run rally for Japan. The game was called in the fourth inning after Japan opened up a 10-run advantage. Ohnishi finished with three hits and four RBIs. He also earned the win on the mound with two innings pitched and three strikeouts.

Mystics clinch playoff berth with 80-71 win over Storm

Monique Currie made five 3-pointers and scored 25 points, and the Washington Mystics clinched a playoff spot when they beat Seattle, 80-71, on Sunday and the Connecticut Sun lost later in the day. With the win, the Mystics (19-12) moved out of a virtual third-place tie with Atlanta and within a half-game of second-place New York. The Mystics earned consecutive playoff berths for the first time in team history and set a franchise record for wins. Crystal Langhorne (Maryland) scored 15 points and Lindsey Harding added 13 points for the Mystics, who have won three straight and five of seven. Two-time league MVP Lauren Jackson, who missed Seattle's game on Friday with back spasms, scored 14 points in 25 minutes.

Women's Professional Soccer: The Washington Freedom played to a scoreless tie Saturday night against the host FC Gold Pride. With the tie, FC Gold Pride (12-3-4, 40 points) remains in first place, while the Freedom (5-8-7, 22 points) moves into a tie with Sky Blue FC for fourth place.

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