Erin McAndrews of Marblehead, Mass., just missed becoming only the second girl to be a winning pitcher in the Cal Ripken 12-and-under World Series in Aberdeen yesterday.
Willamette Valley, Ore., scored three runs off McAndrews in the top of the sixth inning to win, 9-7, and clinch a playoff berth for tomorrow with a 3-1 mark as the second-place team in the National Division.
Marblehead is 0-3 with one game left, a 1 p.m. contest today against Meridian, Miss. (1-2).
"I got tired in that last inning and it's hard playing against the boys because they are so much bigger and stronger," said McAndrews, a right-hander who said she'll likely give up baseball after this tournament.
"I will probably just play softball with the girls next year. I've been playing both the last couple years, but I hang out with my girlfriends and it's time to stop playing against the boys."
McAndrews started the game at catcher, but moved to the mound in the fourth inning with the score 4-4. Dan Colbert doubled to score McAndrews from first base in the fifth inning, with her slide just beating the throw home to make it 7-6.
McAndrews retired the first two batters in the top of the sixth. However, a walk to Ben Straka opened the floodgates, and a two-run single by Gus Craig and an RBI single by Garret Harpole gave Willamette a 9-7 lead.
Ace William Swindling came in and closed it out for Willamette, striking out two of the batters he faced to save it for winning pitcher Jake Britt.
With one day to go, the pairings are set for tomorrow's single-elimination playoffs, with today's four games having no playoff ramifications.
Southeast Lexington, Ky. (3-0) took first place in the American Division, with the Bronx, N.Y. (3-1) second, the result of yesterday's come-from-behind, 7-6 victory over West Raleigh, N.C. The Bronx scored seven runs in the fourth.
Oahu, Hawaii (3-0) already had clinched first in the National Division, with Willamette second. .
Defending champion Mexico made it 17 wins in a row over three years with an 8-1 victory over Canada (0-4), the only international team of five not to qualify for the playoffs. Gustavo Dominguez, Kiko Mendoza and Andres Alvarez homered for Mexico, which clinched first seed again at 3-0.
With a 4-2 win over Australia (2-2), the Dominican Republic (3-1) took second in the International Division, with Australia third and South Korea (1-2) fourth after scoring a run in the bottom of the ninth to nip Canada, 7-6, in the completion of a suspended game from Tuesday.
Ripken World Series
W L Pct. GB
SE Lexington, Ky. 3 0 1.000 --
Bronx, N.Y. 3 1 .750 1/2
West Raleigh, N.C. 2 2 .500 1 1/2
Jackson, Mo. 1 2 .333 2
Hickory Fountain Green 0 4 .000 3 1/2
W L Pct. GB
Oahu, Hawaii 3 0 1.000 --
Willamette Valley, Ore. 3 1 .750 1/2
Calvert County 1 2 .333 2
Meridian, Miss. 1 2 .333 2
Marblehead, Mass. 0 3 .000 3
W L Pct. GB
Mexico 3 0 1.000 --
Dominican Republic 3 1 .750 1/2
Australia 2 2 .500 1 1/2
Republic of Korea 1 2 .333 2
Canada 0 4 .000 3 1/2
Round-robin format; games played at Cal Sr.'s Yard (C), Memorial field (M) and Wrigley field (W)
Australia 7, Republic of Korea 4 Bronx, N.Y. 8, Hickory Fountain Green 2 Willamette Valley, Ore. 7, Meridian, Miss. 1 Dominican Republic 5, Canada 3 Calvert County 6, Marblehead, Mass. 4 West Raleigh, N.C. 10, Jackson, Mo. 0
Oahu, Hawaii 12, Meridian, Miss. 0 SE Lexington, Ky. 2, West Raleigh, N.C. 0 Mexico 10, Australia 0 (4 innings) Willamette Valley, Ore. 11, Calvert County 0 (4 innings)
Republic of Korea 7, Canada 6 (9 innings) Jackson, Mo. 13, Hickory Ftn Green 2 Mexico 8, Canada 1 Willamette Valley, Ore. 9, Marblehead, Mass. 7 Dominican Republic 4, Australia 2 Bronx, N.Y. 7, West Raleigh, N.C. 6
Meridian, Miss. vs. Marblehead, Mass., 1 p.m. (W) Mexico vs. Republic of Korea, 2 p.m. (M) SE Lexington, Ky. vs. Jackson, Mo., 4 p.m. (W) Calvert County vs. Oahu, Hawaii, 5 p.m. (M)
Single-elimination playoffs At Cal Sr.'s Yard International 3rd place vs. International 2nd place, noon American 2nd place vs. National 1st place, 2:30 p.m. International 4th place vs. International 1st, 5:30 p.m. National 2nd place vs. American 1st, 8 p.m.