Though their chances of making it out of the pool play section of the Ripken World Series faded a few days ago, the Harford County host-team squad from Forest Hill did not lie down in its final game of the tournament Tuesday afternoon, digging deep to hand the Midwest Plains squad of Lamar, Colo., a 5-1 defeat.
The win put Forest Hill at 1-3 for the tournament, while Lamar fell to 1-2.
Playing as the visiting side at Fenway Park, Forest Hill scored three times in the top of the first, when Jordan Wax started things off by knocking in Nicholas Sulzbach on an RBI double. Wax then scored on a single from Sean D'Adamo, who later came home for the third run of the rally on a single by Jake Johnson.
In the top of the fourth, with Andrew Lechner on second, two men down and his team holding a 3-1 lead, Sulzbach bashed a pitch over the left field fence for a two-run homer, giving Forest Hill the 5-1 lead it would take through the end of the game.
Getting the win was Harford County pitcher Andy Dodd, who tossed three innings of no-hit relief, striking out five without issuing a walk.
Lamar's lone RBI came from Davin Jacobs, who went 1-for-2.
Southeast squad takes top spot
In Tuesday's battle of the unbeaten teams at Nationals Park, the Southeast team of Jupiter, Fla., topped the Middle Atlantic team from Bronx, N.Y., 8-4.
The win put Jupiter at 3-0 overall, which gave the Florida team the number-one spot in National Division action. The Bronx fell to 2-1 in pool play.
Jupiter's Dakota Gailard racked up a team-best three RBIs in the victory, while teammate Zach Mazur went 2-for-4 with two RBIs and one run.
Bronx's Jimmy Abreu went 1-for-3 with two RBIs and one run in the loss.
Jupiter starter Tyler Ward tossed a complete game, striking out six, not allowing a walk and holding the Bronx squad to three earned runs on seven hits.