The Baltimore Orioles RBI team fell to Atlanta Metro RBI 10-0 in five innings in the Junior Division semifinals at Xavier's Hayden Field in Cincinnati. Taj Bradley pitched a two-hit shutout for Atlanta, striking out three and walking two.
Earlier in the day, Baltimore upset No. 1 seed Nobu Yamauchi RBI of Hilo, Hawaii, 1-0 for their first victory of the tournament. Baltimore's Dustin Morris pitched a shutout with four strikeouts and a walk and retired 13 of the final 16 batters he faced. Morris also contributed the decisive run when Kamren Allison, running for Morris after his single in the fourth inning, scored on Charlie Lowe's two-out single to left field.
More youth baseball: Japan played a nearly flawless game Saturday night to win the Cal Ripken World Series championship, beating the U.S. champion, Kennewick, Wash., 7-0, at Cal Sr.'s Yard in Aberdeen. Japan's pitching dominated the Washington hitters, limiting them to two hits and striking out 11.Keito Matsuura pitched four innings of two-hit ball, striking out nine. Reliever Hiroki Hayashi worked two hitless innings, striking out two.
After Japan scored two runs in the first, Kairi Matsumura, who was named the International Most Valuable Player, hit a two-run single in the third. In the fourth, Kenta Nozaki greeted Washington reliever Cash Hailey with a home run to right-center field and an out later, Mikuta Katayama and Keito Matsuura hit back-to-back doubles to push the lead to 6-0. Matsumura added his fourth RBI of the night in the fifth inning, hitting a sacrifice fly that scored Ikeda. Washington's Simeon Howard hit a first-inning double for his 13th hit of the series, a Cal Ripken World Series record.
—Randy McRoberts, Baltimore Sun Media Group
12 with local ties part of U.S. national team
Taylor Cummings, the McDonogh and Maryland graduate who won the past three Tewaaraton Awards, leads a contingent of 12 players with local ties named Sunday to the 2017 U.S. Women's Lacrosse National Team. The team of 36 players was selected after three days of tryouts at U.S. Lacrosse headquarters in Sparks. From this group, 18 players will be chosen to play in the 2017Federation of International Lacrosse Women's World Cup in Guildford, England. Other local player named to the team are: attackers Brooke Griffin (Maryland, South River) and Alex Aust (Maryland); midfielders Ally Carey (John Carroll), Kelly (Berger) Rabil (Hammond), Katie Schwarzmann (Maryland, Century), Francesca Whitehurst (Roland Park) and Taryn VanThof (Loyola Maryland); defenders Kristen Carr (Mercy), Alice Mercer (Maryland, Century) and Megan Douty (Maryland); and goalie Rachel Vander Kolk (Severna Park).
Bayhawks fall Saturday night, miss out on playoffs
An inability to win faceoffs down the stretch proved costly as the Chesapeake Bayhawks dropped a 15-13 decision to the host Charlotte Hounds in the regular-season finale for both teams and missed a berth in the Major League Lacrosse playoffs. Charlotte dominated possession in the second half and outscored Chesapeake 9-2 over the final 25 minutes. The Hounds won 19 of 31 faceoffs, with Brendan Fowler (12-for-17) doing most of the damage. Rookie midfielder Myles Jones had seven points, Brendan Mundorf (UMBC, Mount Saint Joseph) had three goals and an assist, and goalie Brian Phipps (Maryland, Severn) made 11 saves on 26 shots for Chesapeake, which needed to win to earn one of four playoff berths. "I'm very disappointed in the loss and even more disappointed that our season is over," Chesapeake coach Brian Reese said. "It's crazy that we're tied for the best record in the league and we're not in the playoffs." In the closest race in MLL history, seven of nine teams finished with 8-6 records. That unprecedented situation necessitated a complex series of tiebreaker scenarios that did not go the Bayhawks' way. "We finished with the same record as six other teams and won the head-to-head matchups with three of those teams, but under the MLL formula we came up short," Reese said.
Horse racing: Undulated, a $625,000 son of Hall of Famer Curlin, raced near the back of the pack following a troubled start but found a seam between horses and surged late to capture his career debut in the fifth race at Laurel Park. The winning time for 5 1/2 furlongs over a firm Bowl Game Turf Course was 1 minute, 3.13 seconds. Trained by Cal Lynch for M M G Stables LLC, Undulated ($8.80) gave jockey Trevor McCarthy a sweep of the two $40,000 maiden special weight events, having taken the fourth race aboard first-time starter Holiday Bonus for trainer Graham Motion.
Albert Frassetto's Holiday Bonus collared even-money favorite Union Blues at the top of the stretch and cruised to a 2 1/4-length victory in Sunday's earlier maiden event, a 5 1/2-furlong sprint for 2-year-olds on the main track.
A dark bay or brown son of Harlan's Holiday out of the Grand Slam mare Count to Eleven, purchased for $190,000 at Fasig-Tipton's Midlantic 2-year-olds in training sale in March at Timonium, Holiday Bonus ($6.60) ran 1:05.58 on a fast track.
— Meet-leading jockey Victor Carrasco missed his final two rides with a sore foot after being thrown from his mount, first-time starter O Dionysus, before the fourth race. Carrasco, the 2013 Eclipse Award-winning apprentice, was stepped on after the 2-year-old Bodemeister colt dumped him and got loose as the horses stepped out from the paddock to the main track for the 51/2-furlong maiden special weight event.
Winless in his first two mounts Sunday, Carrasco is named in six races when live racing returns to Laurel Park on Friday. He has four mounts scheduled at Delaware Park on Monday and three on Wednesday, with single mounts at Parx and Penn National on Tuesday and Thursday, respectively.
Jockey Luis Garcia took off his final mount of the day Sunday feeling ill. He was off the board with It's a Plane in the third race and second on Union Blues in the fourth.
— The 20-cent Rainbow 6 went unsolved for the 14th consecutive live program on Sunday, growing the jackpot carryover to $15,951.27 when racing resumes with Friday's weekly twilight program. First race post time is 3:40 p.m.
Local golf: Evan Santa, from Edgewater, Anne Arundel County, and Crofton Country Club, never trailed in scoring a 7-and-6 victory over Tracy Vallandingham of California, Md., and Breton Bay Y&CC for the amateur championship of the Washington Metropolitan Golf Association at Lakewood Country Club. Santa, 19, a sophomore at Penn State, finished 3 under par for the 30 holes.