Team Ohio Valley
On day two of bracket play here at the Cal Ripken World Major 70 World Series the Minnesota State Champions played against the Ohio Valley Regional Champions.
This Ohio Valley team has proved time and time again that they have one of the strongest defenses of this tournament. That being said, Minnesota stepped up to rival them in the early innings of this game.
Great pitching from both teams combined with heads up defense kept the game scoreless through two full innings.
After Ohio Valley maintained their strong defense in the top of the third, they stepped up to bat trying to get some offense going. That is exactly what they did.
After getting a runner around the bags to third, Hayden Radar laid down a beautiful bunt to score the runner, while also making it to first. Adding another runner to the bases, Cameron Warfield drove in the two on base with a hard hit line drive to the outfield. After the throw home Warfield attempted to steal second where we was gunned out for the final inning.
Going to the top of four the score was 0-3. Minnesota got some runners on the bases with two outs on as Jon Benson stepped up to the plate. Benson hit a rocket back at the pitcher, who caught it off the thigh. Benson was credited with an infield single and an RBI. Ohio Valley retired the next batter keeping the score at 1-3.
The first two batters for Ohio Valley were able to get on base in the bottom of four. Ethan Elmore took his turn to drive in another run making it 4-1. The next at bat also resulted in a run scored after the shortstop bobbled what should have been a routine ground ball. Kyle Malone decided to join in on the fun as he hit a blooper into right field to score two runs on a single. Minnesota was finally able to get out of the inning after allowing four.
Ohio Valley continued their strong defense as Minnesota went down in the top of the fifth without much of a fight.
Going into the bottom half of the fifth, Ohio Valley added one more run just for some extra insurance. Warfield scored after a pick off attempt from the catcher ended up being an overthrow. One is all they would get though, as Minnesota was able to reel in the opposing batters.
Minnesota was unable to mount their comeback in the final inning. Ethan Elmore came in to close the game quick and that is exactly what he did, getting two outs quickly, he got the final out after walking a batter.
The final was 1-8, Jon Benson received player of the game for Minnesota. Kyle Campbell earned the award for Ohio Valley. Ohio Valley advanced to the next round while Minnesota was eliminated.