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Pitchers shine as Mexico beats Dominican Republic in Ripken World Series nightcap Monday

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.

Teams from Dominican Republic, Texas, North Carolina and Korea also posted victories in Monday's pool play.

Hawaii wins a wild one

In a Monday afternoon American Pool game that included a 2 hour and 26 minute weather delay, Pacific Southwest champ Oahu, Hawaii, outlasted Maryland champ Charles County, 9-8, in a back and forth battle that started in Fenway Park and finished in Citizens Bank Park.

Hawaii (2-0) squandered leads of 2-1 and 5-4, before scoring four runs in the bottom of the fifth to secure the one-run lead. Charles County, meanwhile, let leads of 4-2 and 8-5 slip away.

Hawaii took a 2-0 first inning lead on Ryne Yamashiro blast over the center field Fenway fence.

Charles County (2-1) got a run back in the second when David Larson was hit by pitch, moved to second on a errant throw and to third on a single by Chris Levere. Larson then scored on a balk charged to Hawaii pitcher Dustin Imanaka.

Charles County added three more runs courtesy of the long ball in the third. Bryce Nicolau belted a two-run homer over the Fenway Green Monster and followed by the lengthy delay, Brian Hennessey smacked the first pitch he saw off Hawaii reliever Michael Viola over the left field fence at Citizens.

Hawaii came right back in the bottom of the third, with Viola leading off with a single. Imanaka walked and Blaine DeMello singled to score Viola. Kaimana Paaluhi then doubled in the tie and go-ahead runs for the 5-4 lead.

In the Charles County fifth, Ryan Oglesby led off with a single and Nicolau followed with a walk. Larson singled in Oglesby and Hennessey reached on a fielder's choice, plating Nicolau. Justin Oakley then ripped a sharp single into center field, driving in the tie and go-ahead runs.

Hawaii, however, had one more push and it produced five runs in the bottom of the fifth.

Three consecutive doubles by DeMello, Paaluhi and Yamashiro tallied just one run, but Micah McNicoll singled in Paaluhi with the second run, knocking Charles County reliever Matt Zabiegalski from the mound, replaced by Levere.

Two walks and a fielder's choice pushed across two more runs for Hawaii, who surged back ahead.

In the final half inning, Charles County put two runners on base, at second and third, courtesy of two walks and two wild pitches with two outs, but Hawaii reliever Paaluhi struck out the next batter to finish the game.

Paaluhi collected the win in relief, working two full innings with four strikeouts. Zabiegalski took the loss in a inning and a third of work.

Maryland notches earlier victory

In Charles County's earlier 5-3 win over Kennewick, Wash., at Nationals Park, Larson had two hits and drove in two runs in the big fifth inning, while Hennessey added an RBI double.

Brett Pilkerton also had an RBI single and Nicolau added an RBI as well. Nate Stewart had Charles County's other hit.

Blake Loftus gave Washington a 1-0 lead in the third, singling in Bryce Grigg who had tripled.

Washington was shut out from there, until Brycen Kelly belted a two-run home run to close out the scoring. Dillon Plew, who had three hits in three at bats, scored on the long ball.

Charles County's Larson pitched the first four innings, allowing four hits and one run, while striking out three.

Levere earned the win with two innings pitched in relief. Levere allowed three hits and two earned runs and also struck out two.

Washington's Plew pitched four and two-thirds innings in the loss, giving up three hits and two runs, while striking out seven. Kelly pitched a third of an inning, giving up two hots and three runs (one earned).

Texas wins twice

Southwest champ Tri-Counties, Texas, picked up its second win in as many games Monday evening, beating Pacific Northwest champ Kennewick, Wash., 10-4 in Cal Sr.'s Yard. The loss was the second in as many games for Kennewick on Monday.

Both teams plated a pair of runs in the first. Tri-Counties (2-1) got a leadoff single and stolen base from Brody Gall, came around from second to score when Zach Smith was safe at first on a throwing error by the Kennewick third baseman. Smith later scored after he was balked to second, moved to third on a passed ball and scored on a Tanner Sembera sacrifice fly.

Kennewick (0-2) used a one-out single from Loftus, who stole second, before Kelly drew a two-out walk. Both came around to score on a hit-and-run triple by Caleb Cope.

Tri-Counties surged back ahead with two more runs in the second on four walks and a single, forcing Kennewick into a pitching change. Kennewick had to make yet another pitching change in the fifth when Tri-Counties sent nine men to the plate, scoring five runs on three hits, two walks and a hit batter.

Marcus Olivarez and Gall had RBIs on a hit and groundout, respectively. Andrew Dvorak and Jake Salem were also credited with RBIs on a bases loaded walk and bases loaded hit batter that boosted the score to 9-2.

Kennewick answered back with a couple of runs in the bottom of the fifth. Logan Padilla and Tracer Bjorge led off with back-to-back doubles for the first run and Loftus drove in the other with a sacrifice fly.

Tri-Counties then added a final run in the sixth as winning pitcher Dvorak helped his own cause with a RBI double to wall in right center field, plating Valchar who was aboard on a one-out single.

Dvorak pitched a complete game, striking out six, walking three and giving up four hits and four earned runs.

Cope, the starting and losing pitcher, was one of five who took the mound for Kennewick.

Texas tops New Hampshire

Southwest champion Tri-Counties, Texas, picked up its first American Pool win Monday, besting New England champ Hudson, N.H., (0-2), 8-2, in action from Citizens Bank Park.

Ty Condel pitched a complete game three-hitter, striking out 11 to earn the win. Condel allowed three hits and three walks and two runs (one earned).

Condel and Tanner Sembera had doubles in the win, while Caleb Valchar and Easton Migl each had one hit and two RBIs.

Hudson's Michael Simard pitched five innings in the loss, allowing just four hits. Simard also walked six batters, hit two others and gave up seven earned runs.

Simard also had the game's lone home run, a solo shot in the sixth. Tyler Christiansen and Daniel McCrystal had the other Hudson hits and Matthew McKinley scored the other run.

Dominicans win early

In Monday-morning International Division action at the Ripken World Series, the Dominican Republic team pasted Australia, 12-1, at Cal Sr.'s Yard.

The Aussie side took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first, but the winners were quick to answer, putting up three runs in the second inning, adding four more in the third, then scoring once in the fourth. In the fifth, the Dominican squad ended scoring for the day with four more tallies.

The game was halted after the fifth inning under a 10-run mercy rule.

Dominican hurler Oscar Vergez went the distance, striking out nine, walking two and holding Australia to one earned run on three hits. At the plate, Vergez was 1-for-2 with a pair of runs scored.

The hottest Dominican bat belonged to Huascar Inoa, who went 2-for-3 with three RBIs and two runs.

Henry Pujols was 2-for-4 with two RBIs in the victory, while teammate Yasser Castillo was 2-for-3 with three runs and two RBIs. Juan Espinal helped the winners with a 1-for-1, three runs scored and two-RBI showing.

The Australian side's lone run came on Joshua Diggins leadoff homer in the first.

North Carolina beats Minnesota

Playing at Cal Sr.'s Yard on Monday afternoon, the National Division squads from West Raleigh, N.C. and Waite Park, Minn. squared off, and it was the Carolina squad coming away the winner, dropping the Midwest-Plains representatives, 7-2.

Down 1-0 heading into the third, home-team Raleigh scored three times to go up by two runs.

The winners then came through with another three-run outburst in the fourth, then capped their scoring in the fifth with a single run. Waite Park's final tally came in the top half of the fifth.

Leading the way for Raleigh was Brycen Braswell, who went a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate, scored once and drove in three of his team's seven runs.

Robbie Frongello ripped a two-RBI single for Raleigh, while Jacob Gregory was 1-for-3 with one RBI and one run scored.

Jonathan D'Ercole scored twice in the victory, while teammates Kyle Gensler, Stephen Blackmon and Jake Feder all had one run scored. Raleigh's Alex Molden picked up one RBI.

Waite Park's Chris Brackes was 1-for-3 with one run scored and one RBI in the loss, while teammate Camren Dehler was 2-for-3 with one run scored. Peter Nelson went 1-for-3 with one RBI for Waite Park.

D'Ercole picked up the pitching win with a three-inning relief stint. In three frames of work, D'Ercole scattered four hits, surrendered one earned run, struck out two and walked three.

Korea gets first win

The Republic of Korea (1-2) broke into the win column for the first time Monday, beating winless Canada (0-3) 9-2 in International Pool play at Cal Sr.'s Yard.

Korea scored multiple runs in three innings, highlighted by three in the first and three more in the sixth.

Do Nam (three runs scored) and Ji Lee each had two hits and one RBI, while Won Park had two hits and scored two runs. Do Lee also had a hits and two runs scored.

Marc Ashford had two of Canada's four hits and also had an RBI, while Lowell McLaughlin and Lucas Bradley had a single each. Bradley also scored one of the Canada runs and Matthew Amisano scored the other.

Woo An and Ji Lee pitched three innings each, with An getting the win. Nick Kutilin started and suffered the loss. He lasted two and two-third innings, giving up four hits and five earned runs.

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