To conclude day three of the Cal Ripken Major 70 World Series, the Southeast Region Champion, from Atlantic Beach, FL, clashed with the Missouri State Champions, Carthage Tigers, reigning from Carthage, MO. Southeast dominated on the mound as they one hit Carthage to victory 7-0.
Both team’s starting pitchers performed extremely well. Southeast pitcher Parker Sedgwick, out dueled Carthage pitcher, Maxwell Templeman. In a back and forth battle on the mound, Sedgwick and Templeman kept their teams alive as the score was 2-0 through four innings in favor of Southeast.
Sedgwick was nearly flawless and dominated on the mound. Through five innings of work and eighty-six pitches thrown, Sedgwick struck out five, walked four, allowed one hit, and zero earned runs. In comparison, Templeman pitched 3 1/3 innings and allowed three hits, three walks, two runs, and struck out one.
Because of his strong performance on the mound and an RBI single to his name, Sedgwick won player of the game for Southeast. After the game, Sedgwick was asked how he was able to shut down a tough Carthage lineup.
Sedgwick replied, “I wanted to attack the strike zone and let my defense play behind me. I just used all of my pitches to my ability and that’s pretty much it.”
In the top of the second, Southeast began their scoring with an RBI single by Kyson Witherspoon. The third inning was quiet for Southeast, but then, they got on the board in the fourth. A walk issued to Dustin Petit allowed William Rollings to score, bringing the score up to 4-0. In the top of the fifth, Southeast concluded their scoring with a two run RBI double by Rollings and a Sedgwick RBI single.
In the top of the sixth, Witherspoon came into the game to relieve Sedgwick. Witherspoon shutout down Carthage in order 1-2-3 with two strikeouts, zero hits allowed, and earned himself a save. Sedwick and Witherspoon combined for seven strikeouts and allowed only one hit. Overall, it was a strong pitching performance on both sides of the ball.
Being the lone player to get a hit against Sedgwick, Clay Kinder was named player of the game for Carthage.
To begin bracket play, Southeast has earned a first-round bye and will await the winner of Minnesota and Ohio Valley. That game will be played Monday afternoon at 3:00 PM on Boston Stadium. Next for Carthage, they will face Colorado Monday morning at 10:00 AM on Chicago Stadium. Southeast seeks to stay hot and advance while Carthage looks to rebound, survive, and advance.