The American Division of the Cal Ripken World Series played out its fifth and final day of action Wednesday and it took all five days to determine which two teams would survive to play in Friday's U.S. Semifinals.
Pacific Southwest champion Mililani, Hawaii, Maryland state champion Upper Montgomery County and New England champion Newtown, Conn., all finished pool play 3-1, with each beating the other.
The first tie-breaker past head-to-head is runs allowed. Hawaii allowed 15, Maryland, 17, and Connecticut, 24. Hawaii moves on as the top seed, while Maryland also moves on after its defeat of Connecticut Wednesday morning.
Hawaii will face National Division second seed, Bronx, N.Y., at 8 p.m. Friday night, while Maryland will face National top seed, Jupiter, Fla., at 3:30 p.m. The winners will advance to Saturday's United States Championship, set for 5 p.m. All games will be played on Cal Sr.'s Yard.
Hawaii improved to 3-1 with a 6-0 shutout of Southwest champ, Little Rock, Ark., (0-4) in a game played at Nationals Park. Hawaii pitchers Ryne Aniya and Trevor Ichimura combined to throw a no-hitter, the first in the series this year.
Aniya did most of the work, tossing five innings allowing one walk and striking out five.
Ichimura pitched one inning and struck out one.
Mililani had seven hits, including five doubles. Ryne Oshiro had two, while Shea Yamaguchi, Matt Inaba and Keene Tanaka each had one.
Hawaii scored three times in the first, once in the fifth and twice more in the sixth.
Newtown walks off
Lucas O'Brien hit a walkoff solo home run at Fenway Park to lead Newtown past Pacific Northwest champ, Longview, Wash., (1-3), 6-5.
Newtown trailed three times in the game, 1-0, 3-1 and 5-3, but rallied to tie, only taking the lead on O'Brien's big fly.
Robert Lombardo erased the 1-0 deficit with a RBI single in the second inning, but Longview's Jace Childers pushed his club back ahead in the top of the third with a two-run home run.
Newtown battled back with two runs in the fourth, the first on a Adam Bergeron home run. Sam Grassano drove in the other by fielder's choice.
Longview went back ahead in the top of the fifth on Kaden Vanderwerf's RBI single and Justin Holmdahl's RBI double.
Newtown was able to retie the game in the bottom of the inning on Robert Lombardo's two-run single, leading to O'Brien's last inning heroics.
Lombardo, O'Brien and Bergeron each had two hits for Newtown.
Andrew Walling had two hits to lead Longview.
Maryland beats Connecticut
In Wednesday morning's continuation from Tuesday night's game postponed by thunderstorms, Upper Montgomery rode the arm of Jake Heskett and the bat of J.P. Walsh to a 6-0 shutout of Newtown.
Heskett pitched a rare World Series complete game, allowing just five hits and a walk, while striking out 10.
Walsh had two hits and drove in four runs. The first three came in the third on a three-run home run, while Walsh added an RBI single in Maryland's two-run fifth inning. Marcus Brown also had two hits and a run scored for Maryland and Patrick Diaz added a RBI.
Condor Barrette had two of his team's five hits, including a double. Jason Heber was the losing pitcher, allowing seven hits and two walks. He struck out three.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun