Ripken World Series: Harford loses to Fla. in pool play; Upper Montgomery wins

August 13, 2012|The Aegis

In national pool play Sunday at the Cal Ripken Major/70 World Series in Aberdeen, the Southeast team from Jupiter, Fla., topped the Harford County squad, 10-6, at Cal Sr.'s Yard.

Reese Albert led Jupiter's offense, going 1-for-4 with a three-run double.

Pitcher Sean Maletzke went three innings for the win. He struck out five, walked three and allowed two earned runs on two hits.

Jake Johnson had a team-best two RBIs for the Harford County team from Forest Hill, while Logan Barnes went 1-for-4 with one RBI in the loss.

Also at Cal Sr.'s Yard, the Middle Atlantic squad from the Bronx, N.Y., topped the Ohio Valley team from Mattoon, Ill., 11-2.

Joshua Russo led the Bronx, going 2-for-2 with two doubles, two RBIs and one run. Jason Manuel Pineda went 2-for-4 and scored three of the winning side's runs, while teammate Jimmy Abreu was 1-for-2 with a pair of RBIs and one run.

Garrette Branson and Dalton Armes had one hit and one RBI each for Mattoon.

Abreu, the Bronx starter, got the win, pitching four innings in which he struck out three and walked three, and held Mattoon to one earned run on three hits.

In the American pool, New England champion Newtown, Conn., and Maryland champion Upper Montgomery County both ran their records to 2-0.

Newtown knocked off Pacific Southwest champion Mililani, Hawaii (0-1) by a score of 11-8. Upper Montgomery, meanwhile, used the long ball and quality pitching for a 7-0 win over Southwest champion Little Rock, Ark. (0-2).

For the second straight day of international pool play, Japan (2-0) showed its strength with a 19-0 four-inning victory over Canada (0-2) at Fenway Park.

The victors pounded out eight hits and scored 12 runs in the first inning en route to the win.

In the inning, Japan's batters hit for the cycle. Haruki Sako hit a two-run home run, while Ryoki Nagai added an RBI triple. Tomoya Koike, Kosuke Ito (two) and Sako each hit doubles, while Nagai and Hiroki Matsumoto had singles.

Also at Fenway Park, Mexico defeated Australia, 6-4.

Sergio Gaxiola led the way for the winners, going 3-for-4 with a pair of home runs, three RBIs and two runs scored.

Mexican relief pitcher Francisco Pena got the win, going one inning in which he struck out two and held Australia to one earned run on one hit.

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