Team Ohio Valley
Team Pacific Northwest
On day three of the Cal Ripken World Series, the Ohio Valley Regional Champions took on the Pacific Northwest Regional Champions.
Ohio Valley took an early lead in the top of one with an RBI single from Landon Mallory. Strong pitching from Spencer Sullivan kept Ohio Valley to just one.
Heading to the bottom half of the inning, Jordan Tawa evened the score at 1-1. A strong defensive effort from Ohio Valley got out of the inning without any more runs being tacked on.
The game fell to a defensive battle as both teams held each other scoreless in both the second and the third innings. Spencer Sullivan shined through the middle innings shutting down batter after batter. Every batter seemed to strike out or hit a ball straight to a defender.
Come to the bottom of the fourth inning, Jake Holmes gave Pacific Northwest a lead with an RBI double making it 2-1. Holmes’s aggressive running on the base paths was rewarded as he stole home on a passed ball.
Ohio Valley got out of the inning but was unable to respond in the top of five or six.
Sullivan was determined to get the complete game under his belt, but he was ultimately pulled after five and two thirds innings for reaching the max pitch count.
At the end of the game, Pacific Northwest walked away with a win. This game was won by such a strong defensive effort. Ohio Valley smacked the ball all over the park all night long, but it seemed that Pacific Northwest knew where the ball was going before it was even hit.
The final score of the game was 1-3. Players of the game were Landon Akers for Ohio Valley due to a strong defensive effort. Spencer Sullivan recieved the honor for Pacific Northwest for pitching a near complete game with only one earned run.