Action in the National Division pool play wrapped up Wednesday at the Ripken World Series, and emerging from the four-game, round-robin section of the tournament were the Southeast squad from Jupiter, Fla., which finished with a perfect 4-0 record, and the Middle Atlantic team of Bronx, N.Y., which went 3-1 to take the division's second spot.
Jupiter secured the division's top spot Wednesday by defeating the Ohio Valley team of Mattoon, Ill., 9-8, at Cal Sr.'s Yard.
Trailing Mattoon 8-7 in the top of the sixth, Jupiter scored twice to give itself the winning margin.
Tyler Ward led the Jupiter offense, going 3-for-3 with a home run, a double, three RBIs and three runs scored. Jupiter's Austin Temple was 3-for-4 with one RBI and a team-best four runs scored.
Brock Moncel paced the Mattoon offense, going 2-for-2 with three RBIs and one run scored.
Jupiter relief pitcher Daniel Lynch picked up the win, striking out one, walking four and allowing one hit over 1-1/3 shutout innings.
In Friday's single-elimination playoff round, the Jupiter boys will play the second-place finisher from the American Division, Maryland champ Upper Montgomery County, in a 3:30 p.m. game at Cal Sr.'s Yard.
Mattoon wrapped up the tournament with a 1-3 mark.
Bronx tops Colorado squad
The squad from Bronx, N.Y., earned a victory on the final day of pool, dropping the Lamar, Colo., squad, 11-5.
With the win, Bronx finished the pool play portion of the tournament at 3-1, their only loss to the undefeated Florida team. By earning a second-place finish in their pool, the New York boys will square off with the number-one American Division team, Pacific Southwest champ Mililani, Hawaii, at Cal Sr.'s Yard on Friday at 8 p.m. in the single-elimination playoff round.
Leading the Bronx team in their Wednesday win was Samir Portorreal, who went 2-for-4 with a double, three RBIs and one run scored.
Lamar's top offensive contributor was Davin Jacobs, who went 2-for-2 with one run and one RBI.
Earning the win was Bronx starter Jason Pineda, who went four innings in which he racked up six strikeouts, walked two and allowed four earned runs on five hits.
Lamar finished with a 1-3 mark in pool play.