Maryland state champion Upper Montgomery County and New England champion Newtown, Conn., opened Cal Ripken Major/70 World Series play Saturday with wins in United States American pool.
The Maryland club broke open a close game with Pacific Northwest champ, Longview, Wash., scoring seven times in the fourth inning for a 13-3 win at Nationals Park.
Meanwhile, at Fenway Park, Newtown came from behind to beat Little Rock, Ark., 8-5. Little Rock is the Southwest champion.
In the Maryland win, Jake Heskett provided the big blow with a two-run home run in the bottom of the first inning. Longview had taken a 2-0 lead in the top of the first.
Brooks Bengtson and Cole Carmack (two hits) each drove in three runs in the win and Marcus Brown had two RbIs.
Jace Childers led Longview with a solo home run, one of two hits for the Washington club. Zachary Brown added the other hit and two RBIs in the loss.
Brendan Collins pitched three innings for the win, allowing both hits and all three runs. Collins struck out five and walked two. J.P. Walsh threw one inning in relief, striking out two.
Brett Coons, the first of five Longview pitchers, took the loss. Coons gave three runs on three hits and three walks, while striking out three.
Newtown beats Little Rock
In Newtown's win, pitcher Jason Hebner was the story. He allowed seven hits and five earned runs, but struck out 11 Longview hitters in a complete game effort.
Lucas O'Brien (two hits) and Ryan Kost paced the offense with two RBIs apiece. Benjamin Harrison and William Huegi also drove in runs with hits, while one the other two runs was unearned.
Connor Cline had a solid day in the loss, going 3-for-3 with three RBIs. Trey Harris added a pair of hits and a pair of RBIs as the two accounted for all the Longview scoring. Longview had led 5-2 entering the bottom of the fourth inning, but gave up five runs in that and one more in the fifth.
Noah Fowler took the loss in relief. He pitched two innings, yielding four hits and three earned runs.