Team Pacific Northwest
One the last round of elimination games of day two of bracket play for the Cal Ripken Major 70 World Series, Colorado prepared to battle Pacific Northwest.
Colorado took an early lead in the first inning after a wild throw from home to third for an attempted pickoff scored Jaxon Riley-Combs. That’s all Colorado was able to muster after Pacific Northwest wrangled in their offense.
Pacific Northwest was unable to respond in the bottom half of the inning despite putting runners in scoring position. After one, the score was 1-0.
Both teams had opportunities in the second inning to increase their scores, but neither team seemed able to pull the trigger. A scoreless second kept the score at 1-0.
Pacific Northwest kept Colorado’s bats silent in the top of the third. Taking advantage of a solid defensive outing, Pacific Northwest evened out the score at 1 with an RBI from Braylon Cornell.
That’s all the action Pacific Northwest would get on offense that half inning. Colorado stepped back up in the top of the fourth and retook the lead after Zane Pavelko hit a blooper to shallow left for an RBI single. With a man on, Zachary Zatz ripped a line drive to left center for an RBI double.
Pacific Northwest got out of the inning with no more damage, the score going to the bottom half of four was 3-1. Unable to put the bat on the ball, the score remained 3-1 going into the fifth inning.
Pacific Northwest held Colorado to no runs in the top of the fifth inning as they looked to even the score once again in the bottom half of the inning. After getting runners on base, a passed ball scores Spencer Sullivan making it 3-2. Colorado stopped the momentum and left the inning with their lead still intact.
Colorado was unable to add insurance in the top half of the inning, putting a lot of pressure on the defense in the last half inning of the game. Colorado’s defense almost seemed to welcome that pressure as they managed to pull off the win.
The final score was 3-2. Player of the game was awarded to Zane Pavelko from Colorado and to Seve Gonzales from Pacific Northwest.