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Hickory, Bel Air both in win column in Sunday CRWS action

Sunday pool play at the Cal Ripken World Series was doubly fun for Harford County baseball fans as both Hickory, the Harford County champ, and Bel Air, the

Sunday pool play at the Cal Ripken World Series was doubly fun for Harford County baseball fans as both Hickory, the Harford County champ, and Bel Air, the Maryland State champ, were winners in back-to-back games at Nationals Park.

Hickory knocked off Southeast champ, Atlantic Beach, Fla., 6-2, in Pool B play, while Bel Air routed Midwest Plains champ, Southeast Denver, Colo., 16-4, in four innings of Pool A action.

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Hickory's (2-0) win puts the Hornets in pretty good position to advance into Thursday's elimination round, while Bel Air (1-1) kept itself alive to join them.

"A 2-0 start is really important to our team, all the preparation we've done, we knew we could come up here and compete with these teams," Hickory Manager David Miller said, "2-0 really sets us up good for our last two ballgames."

Hickory has an off-day Monday and Bel Air will play Honolulu, Hawaii, at 8 p.m. Monday at Cal Sr.'s Yard.

In Hickory's win, Parker McIlhenney got the scoring started in the second with a one-out double off the fence in right.

Matt Archibald followed with a double, scoring McIlhenney, the first of three runs. Kyle Ball then walked and Patrick Howard loaded the bases with a single.

Ryan Miller drove in the other two runs with a single.

McIlhenney and Archibald were back at it in the fourth. McIlhenney drew a leadoff walk and Archibald added his second double of the game. Both eventually scored on a set of passed balls.

Catcher Nick Kopczynski drove in the final Hickory run in the fifth, lifting a high, fly ball deep over the wall in center field.

"I wasn't really planning on hitting a home run, it was just go up there, make contact, do the best you can to try to help this team out," Kopczynski said.

Florida (0-2) scored its first run in the bottom of the second inning. Cade Hitson singled and raced to second on an errant pickoff throw from Hickory starter Brendan Purtell. Purtell then wild pitched Hitson to third and home.

Purtell, who got the win, had a three-pitch, third inning, getting a pop-up and two ground ball outs.

Another groundout opened the Florida fourth, but Purtell lost his control and walked the next three batters to load the bases.

Archibald came on to get the next two batters out and keep the Hickory lead at 5-1 at the time.

Archibald issued a walk in a scoreless fifth and another free pass to Kyto Morrow in the sixth. Morrow did come around to score the second Florida run on Connor Sutherland's RBI groundout.

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Purtell struck out five in the win. Archibald added three Ks.

Bel Air uses long ball

Bel Air banged out 12 hits, including four home runs, to easily even its record.

Catcher Kevin Winn hit two of the long balls for Bel Air, both to right field. The first came with one out in the second to get Bel Air on the scoreboard.

Winn added his second in the next inning, but he wasn't the only one to leave the yard. Gabriel Rosica belted a two-run homer, two at bats before Winn hit his second, also a two-run shot.

"I don't know, all of my home runs are to right field," Winn said.

Aiden Laurentius capped the eight-run inning with yet another two-run home run. JJ Jiminez started the inning with an infield single and Brady Manara doubled him home.

Jack Snyder also had a single and scored a run in the inning.

Bel Air added seven more runs in the fourth, without a home run. Manara, Snyder, Jacob Stolte (two RBIs) and Britan Nastalski each had hits.

Colorado avoided the shutout against Bel Air pitcher Manara, who went all four innings for the win. Andrew Rusin singled in two and Ben Hawes singled in another for Colorado. Nate McHugh had two hits for Colorado.

"Like I told you yesterday, they're going to bounce back, forget about that," Bel Air Manager Darrell Barrett said, regarding the tough loss Saturday. "We're going to put runs up on the board, that's not going to be a problem. It's how's the defense gonna do, how's the pitching gonna do."

Kentucky beats Florida

Ohio Valley champ Southeast Lexington, Ky., picked up its first win early Sunday morning, beating Florida, 8-1, in Pool B play at Nationals Park.

The game was started Saturday, but halted by heavy rains and darkness. Play resumed and finished Sunday.

The winners jumped on top early, scoring four times in the first inning. Two runs in the third and two more in the fifth completed the scoring.

Trenton Taylor had two hits, including a triple and a run scored. Jack Torbey also had two hits and an RBI, while Clayton Ryan had two hits and an RBI.

Collier Combs, Matthew Meegan and Max Vandyke had a double each.

Morrow singled in the lone Florida run, plating Hayes Brubaker, who had doubled in the fourth.

Torbey, Combs and Reece Mateyoke pitched two innings apiece, with Torbey earning the win.

Connecticut stuns Alabama

New England champ New Milford, Conn., knocked off Florence, Ala., Sunday, 6-2, at Cal Sr.'s Yard in Pool A play.

Both teams scored twice in the opening inning, but Connecticut (1-1) scored four more, one in the second and three in the third, to secure the win. The loss dropped Alabama to 1-1.

Cole Dickinson doubled (RBI) and had two hits for the winners and Braydon Stellato also had two hits, two runs scored and an RBI. Nicholas Tomasello and Michael Muller also had RBIs.

Caleb Mahan had two hits and a run scored to pace Alabama. Walton Reid singled and scored the other run.

Tomasello (winner) and Stellato threw three innings each for Connecticut.

Washington thumps New Jersey

Highlighted by a six-run fourth inning, Pacific Northwest champ Kennewick, Wash., dropped Middle Atlantic champ Marlton, N.J., 12-1, in five innings of Pool B play at Nationals Park.

Eric Bauman led the way with two hits, including the first grand slam of the series. He finished with five RBIs.

The six-run outburst broke open a close game. Washington (1-0) was ahead, 2-1, before the rally. Simeon Howard also had two hits and added a run scored and RBI.

Cash Hailey added a two-run double for the winners, who ended the game with four more in the fifth.

Aaron Bergstrom, Zach Weiner (run) and Jackson Edelman had New Jersey's (0-2) three hits.

Washington pitcher Myles Mayovsky tossed all five innings for the win, striking out six.

Mexico finally on field

Mexico (1-0) finally got on the field Sunday and as expected, the team was good. Mexico shut out Republic of Korea (0-1), 9-0, in Pool D International play at Cal Sr.'s Yard.

Mexico got home runs from Jesus Morales (two RBIs) and Angel Iracheta (three RBIs) and scored all nine runs over the first four innings.

Emmanuel Alverado was the lone Mexcio batter to have two hits. Byeongheon Lee and Hyungchan Um had hits for Korea.

David Guevara pitched four innings (four strikeouts, one hit) for the win.

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Youngwoon Kim, the first of four Korean pitchers, took the loss.

Canada blanks Australia

Canada (1-0) had just one hit, but it produced the game's only run as Canada blanked Australia (0-1), 1-0, in International Pool D action at Cal Sr.'s Yard.

Kent Anderson had the hit, driving in Nathan Kirkpatrick, who walked and stole second.

Anderson also did the pitching for Canada, tossing a complete game. Anderson gave up five hits, while striking out eight.

Robbie Brennan and Maddux Stivey both doubled for Australia. Brennan also pitched four innings in taking the loss.

Home runs propel Dominicans

Fausto Betemit and Armando Cruz hit two home runs apiece and Ronny Polanco homered once as the Dominican Republc (1-0) rolled over New Zealand (0-1), 12-2, in four innings of International Pool C play at Cal Sr.'s Yard.

Betemit finished with two hits and three RBIs, while Cruz, Manuel Beltre and Polanco each had two hits.

Nikau Pouka Grego had two hits and a run scored for New Zealand. Luis Manuel Ravelo pitched all four innings for the win.

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