ABERDEEN, MD. – — New England champ Hudson, N.H., scored a run on a balk in the top of the sixth inning to upset Charles County, Maryland, 4-3, in American Pool action Tuesday night at the 2011 Cal Ripken Major/70 World Series.
The loss, in the last game played in Day 4 of the tournament, put a snag in Charles County's run to Friday's U.S. semifinals, but the Maryland state champion could still slide in if Hawaii beats Texas Wednesday afternoon.
Playing at Cal Sr.'s Yard, Both teams took advantage of first inning two-out rallies to get on the scoreboard.
New Hampshire got a double from Jacen Hudson and a RBI single from Mike Simard, while Charles County used a single from Bryce Nicolau, a stolen base and a RBI single from David Larson to score its run.
New Hampshire (1-2) surged ahead with solo runs in the third and fifth innings. Matt McKinley walked and scored on a throwing error in the third. Hudson singled and scored when Simard's fly ball to center field was dropped in the fifth.
Charles County scored twice in the bottom of the fifth to tie the score at 3-3. Ryan Oglesby tripled and scored on Nicolau's double. Nicolau then scored on a passed ball a short time later.
New Hampshire's Stephen Berry scored the game winner after ripping a leadoff double down the left field line. Berry moved to third on a groundout and then scored on the balk.
Charles County (2-2) threatened in the bottom of the sixth when Chris Levere drew a one out walk. Levere then stole two bases, but on a Nate Stewart's safety squeeze bunt, Levere got caught in a rundown and was tagged out trying to get back to third base.
Stewart made it to second on the play, but was left there as Brant Butler grounded out to second to end the game.
D.J. Lamothe pitched a complete game for the win, allowing five hits and five walks. Lamothe also struck out 10.
Matt Zabiegalski suffered the loss, pitching two innings in relief of starter David Larson.
National Division 4-way tie
Tuesday afternoon's match-up between the National Division's Southeast and Mid-Atlantic squads at the Ripken Baseball Complex's Wrigley Field ended with the Clifton Park, N.Y., boys slugging their way to victory, belting three homers in an 8-4 win over previously undefeated West Raleigh, N.C.
The game's result left both teams with 2-1 records in pool play and created an interesting situation in the National Division's standings.
Four of the division's five teams are sitting with 2-1 records heading into the final day of pool play Wednesday, when North Carolina will meet Lexington, Ky., at noon, followed by New York against Waite Park, Minn., at 2:30 p.m. Both games will be at Cal Sr.'s Yard, and the winners will advance to the next round.
In Tuesday's match-up, the Raleigh squad jumped out to a three-run lead in the bottom of the first, with Andrew Buchholz leading the charge by smashing a two-RBI double to the outfield fence.
Before the inning was over, Raleigh's Andrew Molden knocked in his team's third tally with a one-RBI single.
In the top of the second, however, Clifton Park took control of the contest by scoring four runs.
Kevin Huerter helped out the winning cause by launching a two-run home run over the fence for his first round-tripper of the tournament.
The top of the third inning saw Clifton Park run out to a 5-3 lead in short order, as Mike Jeffers ripped a solo homer.
Clifton Park's two-run outburst in the fourth was highlighted by another solo shot, with this one coming off the bat of Michael Spulnick.
The winners padded their lead with a single run in the sixth.
Raleigh sent six hitters to the plate in its final at-bat and scored one run, but Huerter, who had come on in relief in the fifth, was able to wrap up the game, getting a strikeout, and recording the game's final out on a grounder to short.
Nikolas Malachowski made the start for Clifton Park and went four innings, allowing three earned runs on seven hits, striking out two and walking one to earn the win. Huerter struck out two, walked one, and was not charged with an earned run over his two innings of work.
Huerter also was Clifton Park's top offensive force, going 2-for-3 with three RBIs and two runs scored. Spulnick wrapped up the game 3-for-4 with two RBIs and one run. Jeffers was 2-for-3 with a single to go with his home run. Luke Hicks helped the winning cause with a 3-for-3, two-run performance.
Buchholz was 1-for-3 with one RBI and one run in the loss, while Molden finished 2-for-2 with one run and one RBI. Jonathan D'Ercole was 2-for-4 with a run scored, while Brycen Braswell went 1-for-2 with a walk and one run scored.
Mexico remains unbeaten
Mexico (4-0) kept its perfect record intact heading into the final day of pool play, beating Korea (1-3) at Fenway Park, 4-1.
Mexico's starter Balta Guzman held the Korean lineup in check throughout the contest, allowing just one earned run on one hit, striking out three and surrendering two walks in a complete-game effort.
The winning side got off to a good start, as Martin Madrid took Korean hurler Jong Bum Kim deep for the game's first run.
Both teams' hurlers were equally effective over the next three frames, as neither lineup was able to post a run until the fifth.
After Mexico went up 2-0 with a run in the fifth, Korea cut the visitors' lead in half, scoring on a wild pitch in the bottom half of the inning.
In the sixth, Mexico got to Kim for two more runs.
Over six innings, Kim surrendered three earned runs on five hits, struck out six and allowed a single walk.
Mexico's Madrid finished the game 2-for-3 with one RBI and one run scored, and Miguel Lopez was 1-for-3 with a run scored.
Guzman helped his own cause, going 1-for-3 with one RBI. Ernesto Granados and Jose Olague both scored once in the victory.
In addition to his mound duties, Kim had Korea's only hit, and scored his squad's lone run.
Japan rolls on
Japan improved to 4-0 in International action Tuesday evening, dispatching Dominican Republic 6-1 on the turf of Cal Sr.'s Yard. The loss dropped the Dominicans to 2-2.
Japan and Mexico will square off at 8 p.m. Wednesday night for the top seed in Friday's International semifinals.
Japan jumped on top in the bottom of the first off starter and losing pitcher Huascar Inoa, who left the game after facing just two batters with what appeared to be a undisclosed injury.
Inoa had given up a leadoff single to Masaharu Niwa and walk Daisuke Sowa. Niwa stole second and third while Sowa was drawing the walk and later scored on a balk by reliever Jasson Corniel.
Sowa moved up to second on the balk and then to third on Kosuke Nagata's single, before scoring on Jin Matsuda's groundout to the pitcher.
Dominican Republic scored its lone run in the second when Oscar Vergez worked a leadoff walk and raced to third on Henry Pujols' hit-and-run single to center. Vergez then scored on a passed ball, but that's all they got, stranding six batters throughout the game.
The best scoring opportunity for Dominican Republic came in the fourth when they loaded the bases with nobody out off Japan starter Ryuki Urano and reliever Taisei Takeoka. Takeoka, however, struck out one batter and then got Luis Henriquez to hit into a nifty 4-6-3 double play.
Japan had increased its 2-1 lead to 6-1 in the previous half inning off Corniel and Juan Espinal. Sowa started the rally with a leadoff walk and Nagata followed with a double. Matsuda then reached on a error, plating Sowa and then for the second time in the game, a Japan player scored on a balk as Nagata crossed the plate.
Sora Morimoto then finished the scoring with a two-run blast over the left field wall.
Kazuki Sakurai came on to pitch the final two innings for Japan, allowing a hit and a walk, while striking out five.
Urano earned the win, pitching into the fourth, allowing two hits and three walks. Urano also struck out two.
Dominican Republic's Pujols finished the game with three hits in three at bats.
Bel Air drops fourth
It was a rough tournament for the Bel Air Braves, hosts of in the 2011 Cal Ripken Major/70 World Series.
Tuesday's noon National Division contest at Fenway Park, the Harford County representatives from Bel Air were knocked off for the fourth straight time, losing 9-0 to the Midwest Plains team from Waite Park, Minn.
Bel Air managed just two hits, which came off the bats of Kyle Bright and Jordan Ly.
Waite Park (2-1) posted one run in the second frame, then exploded for seven runs in the following inning and then closed out scoring with a single run in the fourth.
Waite Park's big stick belonged to Jack Schramel, who knocked in two runs and scored once himself.
Chris Backes was 2-for-4 with one run and one RBI in the victory, while teammate Paul Nelson went 1-for-3 with two runs and one RBI. Mike Petron, Tanner Brosh and Keaton LeClaire all had one RBI for the Midwest team.
Brosh was the game's winning pitcher, tossing two and two-thirds innings of relief in which he held Bel Air to a pair of hits and issued three walks.
In what was their final appearance the of the tournament, the Braves continued their scoring futility. They did not plate a single run over 22 innings.
Australia beats Canada
In the International Division game played at noon on Tuesday at Cal Sr.'s Yard, Australia (1-3) pushed across six runs during the fourth frame on their way to a 9-4 win over the Canadian squad.
Canada (0-4) scored once in the visiting half of the first, but Australia answered with a pair of runs in the bottom half of the frame.
After going up 3-1 with a single run in the second, the Aussies posted six tallies two innings later to seal the victory.
Canada still had enough left in the tank to rally for two runs in the fifth inning and also scored once in the top of the sixth before Australia retired the side to end the contest.
Sean Rintoul had a big day for the winning side, going 2-for-3 with two runs, one RBI and one walk.
Australia's Matt Beattie score twice and earned a pair of walks, while Joshua Rawlinson was 1-for-2 with one run and one RBI. Joshua Bedggood scored twice, and Harry Fullerton and Joshua Diggins both scored once for Australia. Courtney Jones had one hit and one RBI.
Canada's Marc Ashford was 1-for-3 with one run. Spencer Bonn went 1-for-2 and scored once. Lucas Bradley and Jax Mullin each scored a single run in the loss.
Australia's starter Daniel Reid got the win, going four innings in which he struck out four, walked two and held Canada to a pair of hits.
Hawaii stays perfect
Oahu, Hawaii, had no trouble staying unbeaten in American Pool play Tuesday, blanking Kennewick, Wash., 13-0 in four innings at Cal Sr.'s Yard.
Hawaii (3-0) took care of business early, scoring five runs in its first at bat. They scored three more in the second and then pushed across five more runs in the third to close out the scoring.
Hawaii also got good pitching as Nicolas Benner, Michael Viola and Blaine DeMello combined on the one-hit shutout.
Benner, the winning pitcher, also had a big day at the plate, pounding out three hits. Benner had two doubles and the game's only home run and drove in five runs.
Hawaii's Ryne Yamashiro also had three hits, all doubles, drove in one run and scored three. Dustin Imanaka added two hits, an RBI and a run scored, and Micah McNicoll had a single and two RBIs.
Dillon Plew had Washington's (0-3) lone hit and Brycen Kelly took the pitching loss, lasting two innings and allowing eight runs (five earned) on eight hits. Kelly also struck out five.
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