Sunday proved to be a day of separation for two teams in the American pool of the Cal Ripken Major/70 World Series in Aberdeen.
With wins, New England champion Newtown, Conn., and Maryland state champ Upper Montgomery County each ran their records to 2-0.
Newtown knocked off Pacific Southwest champion, Mililani, Hawaii, 11-8. It was Hawaii's first game of the series.
Upper Montgomery, meanwhile, used the long ball and quality pitching in a win over Southwest champion, Little Rock, Ark., who fell to 0-2.
In Newtown's win, the New England group came from behind with a six-run outburst in the top of the fourth inning that propelled them to the win.
Trailing 3-2, Newtown pounded out four consecutive hits, the fourth, a two-run double by Ryan Kost that put his team ahead for good.
Ben Harrison added a two-run single later in the inning to close out the scoring. Newtown led, 8-3.
Mililani used the long ball to get back in the game. Kyson Donahue, who doubled in a run in the third, blasted a three-run home run to center field in the fourth to bring the Hawaiians closer at 8-6.
An inning later, Jarron Carter led off the fifth with a solo shot, making it 8-7, but Newtown answered back in the sixth.
Lucas O'Brien ripped a two-run homer, his second big fly of the game, for two big insurance runs. Two batters and two outs later, Harrison doubled and then scored from second on a wild pitch for an 11-7 lead.
Hawaii tried to rally in its final at bat and got off to a good start with two straight walks off Newtown reliever Benjamin Dieckman. Kost, who started the game on the mound, returned to get the final outs in order - a grounder back to him, a sac fly to right field and a game-ending groundout to third.
Brent Alamillo, the third of four Hawaii pitchers, was dealt the loss.
Heskett leads Upper Montgomery
Jake Heskett hit two home runs and pitched three scoreless innings in leading Upper Montgomery's win. Heskett hit a solo shot in the fourth inning and then drilled a long two-run home run in the fifth. The drive was well over the right field wall, bouncing off the hotel on one bounce.
Heskett also pitched three innings for the win, allowing two hits and one walk, while striking out four.
Teammate J.P. Walsh pitched the final three innings, allowing two hits, walking one and hitting a batter. Walsh struck out eight.
Marcus Brown also homered for Maryland and Josh Netterville had a single, three stolen bases and two runs scored. Brooks Bengtson added a RBI double.
Trey Harris, Blake Schluterman, Jonathan Hebert and Davis Lee recorded hits (all singles) for Little Rock.
Herbert was dealt the loss, going five innings. He gave up six hits, seven runs, walked three and struck out seven. Jake Paddie pitched one perfect inning in relief.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun