In the nightcap of Monday's pool play action at the 2011 Cal Ripken World Series in Aberdeen, the Mexican squad picked up its third victory of the tournament, dropping previously undefeated Dominican Republic, 4-0, at Cal Sr.'s Yard.
The Mexican team was helped the slick pitching of starter Gerardo Duarte, who tossed a complete game two-hit shutout, allowing just five hitters to reach base. Through six innings of work, Duarte struck out seven and issued a pair of walks.
On the hill for the Dominican side was Leudy Santana, whose fearsome fastball allowed him to strike out 15 Mexican hitters in a complete-game effort.
Over five innings, Santana surrendered just three hits and a pair of walks. Unfortunately, his effort was in vain, as the Mexican squad got to the Dominican starter for three runs in the third, and one more tally in the following frame. Only one of the runs that Mexico scored was earned.
Accounting for half of Mexico's offensive output was Jose Olague, whose lone hit was a two-RBI single in the third inning.
To help his on cause, winning pitcher Duarte went 1-for-3 with a run scored, while Ernesto Granados earned both walks that Santana surrendered, and scored one run.
Mexico's Balta Guzman was 1-for-2 with one run in the victory, while teammate Luis Cruz went hitless, but scored after reaching on a fielding error.
The Dominican team's two hits, which were both singles, came off the bats of Huascar Inoa and Juan Espinal, while Alejandro Guerrero earned both of his team's bases on balls.
Bel Air team drops third
The Bel Air Braves were shut down for the third straight time on Monday afternoon in National Division action at the 2011 Cal Ripken World Series, mustering up just two hits in a 10-0 loss to the Lexington, Ky., squad.
Bel Air's two hits came courtesy of Carter Poulsen and Daniel Webber, who each poked out a single.
The Braves held the Lexington boys close through the first three innings, as Bel Air starter Zach DeLuise allowed just two earned runs heading into the fourth inning.
Lexington exploded for seven tallies in the fourth, then added one more in the fifth.
The contest was halted after five innings under the 10-run mercy rule.
Kaelen Covington was Lexington's top hitter, going 3-for-3 with three RBIs and two runs. C.J. Bush had 2-for-3 with a pair or RBIs, while Kainen Bibb was 2-for-4 with two runs scored and one RBI.
Austin Dick put up one RBI and scored one run, while Ben Wilcoxson helped the winning side with a 2-for-2, two-run, one-RBI performance. Jackson Beerman was 1-for-3 with one RBI in the victory, and James Bryant, Parker McCoy and Aidan Elias all scored once for Lexington.
Bush made the start for Lexington, pitching three innings in which he allowed three hits, struck out one and allowed one walk. Bryant finished out the game for the winners, striking out two, walking two and allowing one hit over two innings of work.
In the first completed Cal Ripken World Series game of Day 3 of the tournament Monday, Maryland representative Charles County scored five runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to upend Pacific Northwest champion, Kennewick, Wash., 5-3, in American Pool action.
Because of scheduling changes caused by the rain on Saturday and Sunday, Charles County played again later in the day and lost a wild one to Hawaii, in another contest affected by a rain delay.
Other games Monday experienced rain delays or had starting their times pushed back, but by mid-afternoon, the skies cleared up considerably and play resumed without further interruptions.