The Tri-Valley Babe Ruth 13-year-old All Stars bested Harris Township of Indiana Tuesday, bringing their record in pool play to 3-0.
Despite a complete game outing for Harris Township's pitcher, who held TVBR to its smallest run tally so far, TVBR bested their opponent winning 5-3 during the Babe Ruth World Series.
"The win provided us with a No. 1 seeding for the single elimination portion of the (Babe Ruth World) Series and earned us a direct pass to the semifinals on Friday and a much needed day-off Thursday," Coach Ron Dronkers posted on his blog at http://ptownron.wordpress.com.
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. In the bottom of the second inning, Tri-Valley got into trouble with bases loaded and one out but successfully kept Harris Township from scoring, getting an out at home plate and later, a double play to end the inning.
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. Austin Piscotty who started his first game of the World Series, was named Player of the Game.
Tuesday's win against Harris Township was the closest game TVBR has played so far. 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.
Tri-Valley's next game will be its last in pool play--against Leominster, Mass. at 11:30 this morning. No matter the outcome, the team will play in the semifinals Friday.
For more on the game recaps and photos, visit Coach Dronkers' blog at http://ptownron.wordpress.com
For a previous story about the team, click here