All Star 13-year-olds head to semifinals today
Team playing in Murray, Utah at Babe Ruth World Series
The Tri-Valley Babe Ruth 13-year-old All Stars are set to face off today in the semifinal round at the Babe Ruth World Series, being held in Murray, Utah.
The team bested Harris Township of Indiana Tuesday, bringing their record in pool play to 3-0 and catapulting them to a No. 1 seeding for the single-elimination portion of the series and a pass to the semis. They were set to play a Leominster, Mass. team Wednesday.
Despite a complete game outing for Harris Township's pitcher, who held TVBR to its smallest run tally so far, TVBR bested their opponent Tuesday, winning 5-3.
In Murray, Utah for the championship series, TVBR's started a hitting frenzy early on, scoring four runs in the top of the first inning, according to Coach Ron Dronkers, who has been updating parents, friends and other fans on his blog, ptownron.wordpress.com. In the top of the fourth, with runners at first and third, David Gomez pinch-hit for Tri-Valley shortstop Brad Pluschkell and sliced an RBI-single for his first hit of the World Series to give the team a total of five runs. Harris came back with one run in the bottom of the inning, later adding another in the sixth and the third in the seventh. Pitcher Jake Dronkers earned the save.
Tuesday's win against Harris Township was the closest game TVBR had played in the series. In the first game, the team dominated Mississippi's McComb team 11-1 and in the second game, overran Utah's Taylorsville team 13-4. For more sports news, turn to page 24.