The 10U Winchester World Series teams moves to 57-2-1 on the year with a 1 to 0 win over the Bellport Braves in the championship game of the Seahore Showdown Invitational tourney at the Sports at the Beach complex in Rehoboth Beach located in Georgetown, DE.
Winchester went 4-0 in pool-play with 8-0 win over Hauppauge Eagles 9U and 12-2 win over the Connequot Chiefs on Friday. Saturday, Winchester had wins of 8-0 over Marlboro Mustang Gold and 13-1 win over Marlboro Mustangs.
Winchester received a 1st round by in the playoff round and had a rematch with the Connequot Chiefs that resulted in 4-0 shutout by Winchester. The win setup the championship game with the Bellport Braves as Winchester held on for 1-0 shutout. Winchester outscored their opponents 46 to 3 in the 3-day tournament.
Follow the 10U World Series action at the following, coming up Aug. 13th-20th:
New Milford, Connecticut - New England Regional Champion
Population figures: City of Winchester - 26,203; Frederick County - 78,305; Clarke County - 14,034; Warren County - 37,575; Hardy County, WV - 14,205 and Hampshire County, WV - 23,964
Winchester welcomes Cal Ripken World Series August 6, 2011 By Vic Bradshaw The Winchester Star
The world - or at least the Cal Ripken 10-year-old baseball world - comes to town next week.
Eight youth baseball teams from across America will join state host Glen Allen and local host Winchester for the 2011 Cal Ripken 10-Year-Old World Series.
The 10-team tournament, which has taken about two years to plan and stage, begins next Saturday with round-robin pool play and ends Aug. 20 with the championship game.
Brad Veach, Winchester's Parks and Recreation Department director, said the decision to pursue hosting the tournament was an easy one.
"I think any time you can bring an event into the community that showcases your community - but also has a very positive economic impact - it's always a good thing," he said.
The department's history of successfully hosting tournaments, combined with the efforts of Winchester Baseball, went a long way toward convincing the Babe Ruth League - which governs Cal Ripken baseball - that Winchester would be a good host site.
The opportunity to be the World Series host also is a major event for Winchester Baseball. The local team is automatically entered in the tournament, but the benefits go beyond that.
Winchester Baseball President Bob Brown said hosting the series increases the profile of the program and could boost participation.
He said 700 to 800 children aged 4 to 15 take part in Winchester Baseball. The majority of those youngsters are from the city and Frederick County, though some come from neighboring areas that do not offer Cal Ripken or Babe Ruth ball.
"I think [hosting the series] speaks volumes for the quality of our program and the quality of baseball in the area," Brown said. "I think it will be a real plus for baseball in general in our area."
Veach said the parks department staff is working on in-game promotions and other activities that should create "a very festive atmosphere."
He believes games with visiting teams will draw a few hundred people. But when Winchester Baseball plays, he's expecting the 800 to 1,000 fans to pack the stands.
Robert P. Faherty Jr., vice president and commissioner of the Babe Ruth League, said the Cal Ripken qualifying method of bringing in teams from eight regions country means visitors from around America will have a chance to visit the northern Shenandoah Valley.
"It's not just eight teams from California that are participating," he said. "They're from the south and northeast, the north and west, all over.
"Right away, you kind of sense that we're bringing the whole world to Winchester."
A costly endeavor
The World Series, however, doesn't come cheap.
Veach said he is on pace to spend about $218,000 to operate the tournament. That includes the $45,000 paid to the Babe Ruth organization for the contract.
Another $60,600 in capital expenditures went toward upgrades at Yost Field, some of which Veach said would have been needed soon regardless.
Field lighting was added, the diamond was regraded and resodded, backstops and fences were repaired, the press box was painted and carpeted, the scoreboard was replaced, and walking trails were resurfaced.
Veach said local businesses stand to benefit from about $200,000 of the tournament's expenses. But the business community has given back, too, contributing $159,872 in goods, services or cash toward the event.
"In recent weeks, a number of sponsors have come up and said, 'Hey, we want to do something,'" Veach said. "Some of those sponsors are ones we talked to a year ago, and they said they weren't ready to make a commitment yet.
"But they've seen [series coverage and advertisements] in the newspaper, they've seen it on TV, they've seen it on the sides of the streets - all the advertisement and all the buzz about the World Series - and they're like, 'Hey, we need to get involved in this.'"
Some of the series donations were made for items or services the event needed, which eliminated an expense. Some donations will be sold at concession stands.
Others will be used as prizes to lure people to buy tickets for the Chik-fil-A "cow drop;" the money from that event will be used to defray series expenses.
If revenue projections from items such as ticket, souvenir and concession sales are reached, Veach said, he thinks the tournament will net about $30,000 for the parks department.
He said he expects to more than break even, and because he budgeted conservatively, the surplus could be greater.
"Our goal wasn't to make a lot of money," he said, "but we didn't want to take a loss."
Veach, however, had to refine his proposal considerably and promise to cover any losses with department funds before the City Council would allow him to seek the contract.
His initial pitch required an investment from the city; his final plan called for the department to borrow $75,000 from its reserves and repay that amount when the tournament concluded.
The councilor who pushed him most regarding spending was Art Major, the panel's vice president. He said he was sold on the event, but didn't want to see a lot of tax dollars directed toward it.
"I always had confidence that this event would be good for the city of Winchester," Major said. "I made my comment [about covering shortfalls] to make sure Brad felt confident that his financial projections were accurate and he could back them up,"
Major said he thought it was great that the city government could use reserve funds for seed money and repay them.
Support from the business community for such an event is crucial, and Veach's sponsorship sheet includes 58 organizations, the vast majority of them local.
Chuck Guffee, owner/operator of the two Chik-fil-A franchises in Winchester and Frederick County, said he called Veach when he heard the series was coming and wanted to help.
The cow drop, which features prizes ranging from a Caribbean cruise for two to football and movie tickets, along with the fireworks will help to cap Friday's Opening Ceremonies.
The company contributed $3,500 in cash and provided an in-kind contribution valued at $4,000.
"We thought this would be a big event and something we could get involved in pretty easily," Guffee said. "We wanted to have our name associated with it."
The restaurant will sell chicken sandwiches and other edibles at the field, but Guffee also expects to get business at his stores.
Cork Street Tavern came aboard late, donating $500 in gift certificates. Chris Bennett, the downtown restaurant's kitchen manager, said the importance of youth sports to a community is one of the reasons they became involved.
"I know a lot of kids came up through [the Winchester Baseball] program," he said. "Youth sports has really helped a lot of kids."
The exposure, Bennett said, also might help the independent restaurant compete for business with the national chains all visitors will know.
But not all sponsors are likely to see their bottom line enhanced by their participation.
Major - who aside from his City Council duties is president of GearClean Inc. - donated $7,500 to sponsor the opening banquet. His company cleans some athletic uniforms - but not the type the ballplayers will wear - and other segments of the business will not be affected directly.
"I love Winchester," he said, "and I want to support what's good for our city. What's good for our citizens is good for me."
Major said he thinks the banquet and ballgames will be fun, so it was "easy to get behind it."
Overall, he said, it's good to have GearClean associated with such an event.
What those sponsors have invested in is a link to Babe Ruth baseball, which has been a part of the American landscape for 60 years.
Girls' softball was added to its offerings along the way.
In 2000, the organization's 4- to 12-year-old age group in was renamed Cal Ripken Baseball.
Faherty, the Babe Ruth commissioner, said the move was made to honor the entire Ripken family - Cal Sr., who coached and managed the Baltimore Orioles; his son Cal Jr., the Hall-of-Fame shortstop who retired in 2001 after 21 years with the Orioles and is best known for playing a Major League record 2,632 consecutive games; and his other son Billy Ripken, who played for four teams during his 12-year Major League career.
The 10-year-old baseball division is the youngest for which a World Series is held.
Even using very conservative estimates, the tournament's economic impact on the area quickly becomes obvious.
If each visiting-team family consists of three people, and they spend an average of $10 each on three meals a day. That's $90 spent at local restaurants.
Add the $105 average room rate Veach calculated from team host hotels and the daily per-family spending on lodging and meals alone is $195.
Assuming the average number of families per team is 15 (hotels reserved 20 rooms per team, and Glen Allen, the first out-of-the-area qualifier, booked 25 rooms) team spending could reach $2,925 per day - and multiplying that by nine teams means a daily outlay of $26,325 on meals and lodging alone.
Veach said Babe Ruth officials say the average length of stay is 9.7 days. Factoring that into the equation, the visiting teams should spend a minimum of $255,352.50 locally before they have paid to clean the first uniform or made any gas, entertainment, souvenir or other purchases.
Add more families and/or people per family to the equation, toss in coaches and umpires, consume more than $30 in food and beverages per day and the numbers climb.
For example, an average of 20 families per team boosts minimum local spending to $340,470 for the tournament, and if those 20 families spend an average of $12 per person per meal, the figure climbs to nearly $371,898.
Such spending will translate into thousands of dollars in sales-, meals- and lodging-tax collections for Winchester and Frederick County.
Veach said he thinks series visitor spending likely will total about $286 per day. He said that monetary influx, plus the money spent with local businesses on tournament preparation, should place the local economic impact of the event between $500,000 and $1 million.
"A substantial boost"
Three Aikens Group properties - the Hilton Garden Inn, the Hampton Inn Conference Center on Berryville Avenue, and the Fairfield Inn & Suites on Front Royal Pike (U.S. 522) - are set to benefit from the tournament.
Jason Aikens, the company's vice president, said the hotels would have filled up several of the tournament nights on their own. The value of booking the teams comes from the extra room sales on normally low-occupancy nights and from exposure.
Hotels with a coin laundry will benefit from regular use by the ballplayers and their families. Visitors also will purchase other incidentals, and full-service properties will see extra food and beverage revenue.
Aikens and Min Lee, the director of sales for the team-host hotels Aloft and the Wingate Inn, said their owners are very supportive of community activities such as the series. Some properties sold rooms at below their regular rate, and Lee said team hotels are required to provide complimentary rooms to two coaches.
Aikens said employees at his company's three hotels are looking forward to the event.
"It's going to be a good week," he said. "I'm glad to see the City of Winchester bring this event to the area. It's going to be a substantial boost to the local economy."
While the visiting teams will pack up and leave about 10 days after they arrive, the tournament's effects will linger.
Sally Coates, tourism director for Winchester and Frederick County, said visitors who have a good experience in the area will spread the word about the community and perhaps make a return trip.
The improvements to Yost Field will not go away when the series ends. Area youths will benefit from the enhanced facilities for years to come.
But the real benefits are the possibilities. Faherty, the Babe Ruth commissioner, said last month that he could see Winchester having the opportunity to host another World Series a few years from now.
Veach said he hopes a successful tournament will evolve into more park use for similar events. Work to add two multi-purpose areas at Preston Field provides a new opportunity, along with the existing pools, gymnasium, BMX track, disc golf course and other amenities.
To help accomplish that, Veach has started marketing Winchester and Jim Barnett Park in Sports Destination Management magazine.
"We're definitely moving in the right direction when it comes to bringing tourism dollars into the community," he said. "I want to see the Winchester Parks and Recreation Department become a destination for sports events."
Even if that's not accomplished, Veach said, he thinks the World Series will continue to pay dividends. The 58 tournament sponsors sank their dollars into the park, and he hopes they will benefit from it and continue to do so.
"This is getting local businesses back into the park," he said. "That's important for down the road."
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Hundreds of volunteers work to coordinate baseball tournament August 6, 2011 By Vic Bradshaw The Winchester Star
WINCHESTER- If you go to Jim Barnett Park to see a game at the 2011 Cal Ripken 10-Year-Old World Series or other related festivities, you may have little idea about what it took to make the event possible.
Park staff members and more than 200 volunteers - many of them Winchester Baseball alumni or the parents of current or former players - have worked thousands of hours to prepare for the baseball tournament.
Additionally, dozens of volunteers will be on-site each day to do everything from selling concessions and souvenirs to cleaning bathrooms.
"Their involvement is the cornerstone. The volunteers are what make or break this event because I couldn't do it with park staff," said Brad Veach, the city's parks and recreation director and the host for the event. "Winchester Baseball had to be part of it, and a lot of the volunteer efforts have come from their organization."
Natalie Loudan knows more than most people about the work needed to piece the series together.
A member of the event's Executive Committee, she focused on the personnel needed for banquets and other special meals, the Opening Ceremonies, team ambassadors and liaison families, concessions and bat boys.
The work amounted to a part-time job. She said she has spent around 20 hours a week on the World Series for about the last 18 months.
"There's 250-plus people working behind the scenes," said Loudan, who lives near Stephens City. "That doesn't count the 50 volunteers needed per day to pull off the event."
She is on Winchester Baseball's board of directors even though her children - Taylor, 16, and Andrew, 14 - are no longer involved in the league.
Loudan said she decided to take such a big role in series preparations because she had seen the good and bad at four Southeast Regional tournaments and thought her perspective as a parent could prove valuable.
Jack Drumheller also had something valuable to bring to the table - he knows many area business leaders and wasn't shy about asking them for money.
The Clear Brook resident spent about two months helping to secure World Series sponsors. That involved meeting with business owners and asking them to donate $500 or more in a weak economy.
As a child living in Winchester, the 55-year-old played youth baseball. When he was in college, he umpired. When his son played, he managed.
Drumheller said he had some extra time because he is between jobs and decided to honor his ties to Winchester Baseball and put his skills to use and help the area.
"I see this as a real community opportunity," he said of the series. "I think it's a chance for Winchester-Frederick County to showcase itself, and people might like it so much they might come back."
Drumheller, who has a background in sales and has done fundraising for other groups, said businesses received him positively, though not all could contribute.
"A great event"
While Drumheller helped on the financial side, Kelly Timbrook focused on two linchpin events - Friday's Banquet of Champions and the Opening Ceremonies.
She volunteered to lead the committee, but said all 10 members have contributed equally.
Timbrook's 11-year-old son Ricky plays in the Winchester Baseball league, but is not on the local team acting as the series host.
Still, she has spent a good number of hours helping to organize Friday's festivities, plans to juggle her work schedule to help with the final preparations, and intends to work at concession areas during the tournament.
"It's a great event," said Timbrook, a Frederick County resident. "The whole [Winchester Baseball] organization is participating."
"A whole community"
In early July, Veach said, he was "really worried" about whether he would have enough volunteers.
Since then, several area civic groups and Handley High School athletes have pledged to help.
"People from all walks of life are just wanting to get involved to say they were part of this event," he said, "because they think it is something special that Winchester is able to host this series."
Among the civic groups signed on to help is the Winchester Host Lions Club.
Steve Baker, the organization's second vice president, said it is natural for the group to be involved with the World Series. The club, he said, is one of four groups or businesses who sponsored the city's first youth baseball teams, and that tradition has been carried on for about 60 years.
Tradition, it appears, is standard for the Lions. Baker noted that the club has organized the Grand Feature Parade at the Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival for more than 70 years.
"[The series] is another way we can help the community and put a face on some of the activities we're involved with," he said.
Baker, who also serves as the treasurer for Winchester Baseball, said about a dozen of the Lions' 70 members have signed up to help with the series, and he hopes some gentle tail-twisting will get more involved.
Fittingly, the World Series festivities begin Tuesday with the Volunteers Banquet in recognition of their contributions .
"It takes a whole community," Timbrook said, "to make something like this work."
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WINCHESTER - Andrew Brait stuck out 10 in a complete game one-hitter to lead Winchester to a 1-0 victory over Mineral Area, Mo., in the Cal Ripken 10-Year-Old World Series at Yost Field Saturday night.
Brait struck out six through the first three innings, and Mineral Area pitcher Kolten Poorman made the fourth and final game a pitcher's duel.
Brait had a perfect game going until Mineral Area's Noah Jacobsen singled to right in the fourth inning.
Poorman had a perfect game going until Jalen Tyson's lead-off walk in the top of the fifth, but Poorman held Winchester scoreless in the inning. He had a no-hitter going until Daniel Croyle's lead-off single to center field in the top of the sixth.
Two outs later, Brait hit a grounder to first base and the throw by Mineral Area's first baseman to third hit Croyle in the back. The ball deflected off Croyle into left field, allowing Croyle to score and Brait to advance to third.
Poorman got Winchester's Jack Duvall to ground out to end the inning.
In the bottom of the sixth, Brait struck out Mineral Area's Logan Dunn and Joe Hulsey to start the inning. Brait got the final out after a ground ball back to the mound.
Poorman struck out seven and allowed just one hit in the loss.
Winchester (1-0) faces Bryant, Ark. (0-1) today at 5:30.
Three of the four games were decided by one run on Saturday. In other games:
Game 1 - Southeastern Lexington, Ky. 4, New Milford, Conn. 3
Southeastern Lexington scored the go-ahead run on a passed ball, and Blayne Deaton added an RBI single in the bottom of the fifth inning as the Crush held off the Thunder in the opening game of the Cal Ripken World Series at Yost Field on Saturday.
Game 2 - Hickory, Md. 5, Bryant, Ark. 1
Hickory (of Bel Air, Md.) capitalized on a passed ball and two errors to defeat Bryant, Ark., in 10 innings on Saturday at Yost Field. The game set a new 10-year-old World Series record for the longest game in tournament history. The game was tied 1-1 until Hickory took a 2-1 lead after a passed ball. The Hornets extended their lead to 3-1 after a throwing error. Jonah Einsig singled to left and two more runs scored on an error to put Hickory ahead 5-1.
Game 3 - West Raleigh, N.C. 5, Glen Allen 4
West Raleigh scored two runs in both the first and second innings, and held on to defeat Virginia state champ Glen Allen. West Raleigh scored a pair of runs in the first after a throwing error, and added two more runs in the second after a pair of passed balls by Glen Allen.
Glen Allen's Eli Weisner tied a World Series record with two home runs in the loss.
Game 5: Raleigh NC vs. Elk Grove CA Game Time: 1:30
Weather: sunny and warm
Pitching/Catching NC: Ryan Sholar/Kevin Pitarra
Pitching/Catching CA: C.J. Long/Carson Stevens
1 2 3 4 5 6 R H E 0 0 0 0 0 6 6 8 1 ... NC 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 ... CA
Top 1st: Stuart begins the game with a pop out to the second baseman. Next up is Sholar for NC who rips one to right center but its caught by the CA right fielder for the second out. Mott hits a ground ball back to the pithcer and is thrown out at first for the final out of the inning. No hits no runs none left on for NC.
Bottom 1st: G. Stevens leads off for CA with a fly out to right field. Meddings draws a walk for the game's first base runner. Kelly goes down swinging for out number two. Blanton strikes out swinging to end the inning. No runs no hits one left on for CA.
Top 2nd: Nunn bunts back to the pitcher to record out number one. Abrams strikes out swinging on a high fastball for the second out. Jackson draws a walk to become the first NC base runner of the contest. Jackson then moves to second on a passed ball but on the next pitch Molee is caught looking to end the inning. No runs no hits one left on for NC.
Bottom 2nd: Bonilla grounds back to the pitcher for out number one. C. Stevens walks. Regino singles to right putting runners on first and second. Smith grounds into a fielder's choice with NC getting the lead runner at third for the second out. Long flies out to right to end the inning. No runs on one hit and two left on for CA.
Top 3rd: D'Ercole singles up the middle to give NC their first hit. Highfill goes down swinging, one out. Stuart singles to right and both runners advance another base on an error by the right fielder. However, D'Ercole gets caught in a run down in between third and home, and is eventually tagged out by the catcher for out number two. Sholar then walks to put runners on first and second with two outs. Mott then pops out to the first baseman to end the NC threat. No runs on two hit and two left on for NC.
Bottom 3rd: G. Stevens grounds back to the pitcher for the first out of the inning. Meddings flies out to deep right for the second out. Kelly grounds a single up the middle. Blanton walks, first and second with two outs. Bonilla then grounds back to the pitcher to end the inning. No runs on one hit and two left on for CA.
Top 4th: Nunn leads off for NC and walks. Abrams then places a beautiful bunt down the third base line for a hit. Jackson singles up the middle and Nunn is thrown out at the plate by CF G. Stevens. Molee then grounds to the third baseman who records the out at first, then Abrams is thrown out attempting to score for the inning ending double play. The game remains tied at 0.
Bottom 4th: C. Stevens leads the inning off with a walk. Regino pops out to the first baseman who makes a nice diving grab. Smith pops out to the pitcher for the second out. Morales flies out to left to end the inning. No runs on no hits and one left on base for CA.
Top 5th: D'Ercole flies out to center for the first out. DeFranco enters the game and bunts but is thrown out on a nice bare-handed play by the CA third baseman. Stuart is then caught looking on an 0-2 curveball for the final out. A one, two, three inning for CA.
Bottom 5th: G. Stevens grounds out to the second baseman. Meddings hits a high chopper to the third baseman and is retired for the second out. Kelly walks with two outs. Blanton walks to put runners at first and second. Both runners advance on a passed ball. Bonilla pops out in foul territory to end the inning. No runs no hits two left on for CA.
Top 6th: Sholar leads off the final inning by beating out an infield single and then steals second base. Mott then beats out another infield single putting runners on first and second with none down. Nunn walks to load the bases. Abrams hits a fly ball to right sacrificing Sholar in for the game's first run. A passed ball then allows Mott to score and advance Nunn to third. Jackson then walks to put runners on the corners with one out. Pitarra walks, bases loaded. D'Ercole lines a single to center plating two on an error by the CA left fielder, runners on second and third. DeFranco hits a single hard to right field scoring two more runners making the score 6-0 in favor of NC. Stuart goes down looking for the second out. Sholar bats for the second time in the inning but strikes out. Six runs on four hits and one left on for NC.
Bottom 6th: C. Stevens grounds to first for out number one. Regino reaches first on an error by the second baseman. Bendle comes in to pinch hit for Smith and walks. Long grounds to third for a fielder's choice, two outs. G. Stevens grounds into a fielder's choice at third to end the ball game.
Final Score: 6-0 notching North Carolina's second victory in the tournament.
Game 6: Bel Air MD vs. Willamette Valley OR Game Time: 3:45
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 3 2 ... MD 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 3 7 2 ... OR
Top 1st: Spurlock lead off the game for MD with a strike out. Kalandros also goes down swinging. Einsig grounds to first for the final out. No runs no hits none left on for MD.
Bottom 1st: Morgan grounds to the short-stop for out number one. Doudna singles into the right field gap. Herbert bloops a single into center, runners on first and second. Groves grounds into a fielder's choice at second. Runners on the corners with two outs. Bennett grounds out to second for the final out. No runs two hit and two left on for OR
Top 2nd: Gast-Woodard walks to lead off the second. Bogdan pops out to the second baseman for the first out. Stakias strikes out swinging for out number two. Gast-Woodard moves to second on a wild pitch. Homsher grounds out to the short-stop to end the inning. No runs no hits and one left on for MD.
Bottom 2nd: Parmenter walks to lead off for OR. A throwing error on the catcher moves him to second. Rutherford grounds to short-stop and advances Parmenter to third with one out. Hansen grounds to the second baseman who fires home but the runner beats the throw. Keeler then chops to the second baseman who gets the out on a fielder's choice at second. Morgan grounds to the first baseman for the final out. One run on no hits and one left on for OR.
Top 3rd: Thatcher goes down swinging. McHugh watches strike three for the second out. Spurlock knocks a double into the left-center gap. A wild pitch moves Spurlock to third. Kalandros strikes out looking to end the inning. No runs one hit and one left on for MD.
Bottom 3rd: Doudna leads off with a single to left. Herbert grounds into a fielder's choice, Doudna out at second. Groves singles to right. Bennett grounds back to the mound and is thrown out at first. Runners on second and third with two outs. Parmenter reaches on an infield single plating Herbert. Groves is then thrown out at home for the final out. One run on two hits and one left on for OR.
Top 4th: Einsig grounds back to the pitcher for the first out. Gast-Woodard walks again and is sacrificed to second by Bogdan. Stakias strikes out to end the inning. No runs no hits and one left on for MD.
Bottom 4th: Wonham enters the game and doubles to right-center. Burke strikes out swinging for the first out. Stedman comes into the game and grounds out to the first baseman advancing Wonham to third. Morgan lines one up the middle but a diving play from SS Einsig worthy of making Sports Center's top 10 ends the inning. No runs one hit and one left on for OR.
Top 5th: Homsher strikes out looking to begin the fifth. Childs enters the game and hits a chopper to the second baseman for the second out. McHugh gives MD a base runner with a walk. He advances on a wild pitch and then moves to third on another wild pitch. Spurlock gets hit by a pitch putting runners on the corners. Kalandros grounds out to the third baseman to finish the inning. No runs no hits and two left on for MD.
Bottom 5th: Doudna pops out to the second baseman to lead off. Herbert pops out in foul territory to the third baseman for out number two. Groves grounds to the short-stop. Three up, three down for OR.
Top 6th: Einsig walks on four straight pitches. Gast-Woodard doubles deep in the gap to right center. Einsig scores and Gast-Woodard advances to third on the throw. Bogdan reaches on an error by the short-stop and brings in Gast-Woodard to tie the game at two. Stakias strikes out swinging and Bogdan moves to second on a throwing error by the pitcher. Homsher strikes out looking for the second out. Childs strikes out swinging to end the inning. Two runs on one hit and one left on for MD.
Bottom 6th: Bennett reaches on an error by the pitcher Einsig. Parmenter sacrifices Bennett to second and he advances to third on a passed ball. Wonham walks to put runners on the corners with one out. Hansen re-enters the game and grounds to the second baseman who throws home to get the second out.Stedman grounds to first to end the inning. We head to extras. Two nights in a row for MD.
Top 7th: Technical difficulties Maryland does not score in the top.
Bottom 7th: Groves hits a walk off single in the bottom of the seventh to win the game for OR.
Final Score: 3-2 Oregon wins in dramatic fashion sending Maryland to 1-1 after playing two extra inning games in two days.
Game 7: Bryant AR vs. Host Winchester VA Game Time: 6:15
1 2 3 4 5 6 R H E 0 0 - - - - 0 2 5 ... AR 10 2 - - - - 12 5 0 ... Winc
Top 1st: Catton leads off for AR with a ground ball to second, a splendid back hand play from Croyle gets the out. Lessenberry singles to center. Chambers swings and misses for out number two. Grant strikes out looking on the corner for the final out. No runs on one hit and one left on for AR.
Bottom 1st: Brait is put out on a sliding play by the AR center fielder. Duvall reaches on an infield hit. Mintz hits a shot to left, but another great play from the AR outfield prevents a hit. Two outs one on. Tyson walks to put men on first and second. Entsminger singles to left to load the bases. Ritter reaches on a fielding error by the short stop to score a run, the bases remain loaded. Croyle draws a walk to make the game 2-0. Burger hit a blooper to the outfield, an error on AR short stop plates two more for Winchester. Banks walks to load the bases. Brait doubles to the gap in left clearing the bases, 7-0 Winchester. Brait moves to third on a wild pitch. Brait scores on a wild pitch. Duvall walks after the rain delay. Mintz doubles down the left field line scoring Duvall and a throwing error allows him to reach third. Tyson reaches on an error from the third baseman scoring Mintz and advances to second on the throw. Entsminger grounds out to third to end the inning. For Winchester, ten runs on four hits three AR errors and one left on.
Top 2nd: Dupree taps it back to the pitcher for out number one. McFarland pops out behind home plate to the catcher. Greiner singles up the middle for Bryant but then Mullings pops out to the third baseman to end the inning.
Bottom 2nd: Ritter grounds to the first baseman who flips to the pitcher covering for the out. Croyle singles back up the middle, his second time on base. Burger walks to put runners on first and second with one out. Banks walks to load the bases. Brait lines into a fielder's choice out at second, a run scores, men on the corners. The runner from third scores on an error by the pitcher and advances the man on first to second. Two outs man on second, 12-0 Winchester.
Rowdy overflow crowd sees 10-1 semifinal victory August 20, 2011 By Kevin Trudgeon The Winchester Star
Winchester celebrates its 10-1 win over Mineral Area, Mo., Friday at Yost Field. It can become the first host team to win the Cal Ripken 10-Year-Old World Series with a victory in today's title game. (Photo by Scott Mason/The Winchester Star)
Winchester's Andrew Brait pitches in the first inning Friday evening. (Photo by Scott Mason/The Winchester Star)
Mineral Area player Cole Ziegler is thrown out at home in the 4th inning. (Photo by Scott Mason/The Winchester Star) WINCHESTER- Something about Andrew Brait just does not sit well with Mineral Area, Mo.
A week ago the hard-throwing Winchester pitcher shut out the Midwest Plains champs, holding the Bulldogs to one hit in a 1-0 victory to begin pool play for both teams.
On Friday night, he gave an encore performance.
Taking the mound for the host team in the semifinals of the Cal Ripken 10-Year-Old World Series, Brait showed the first outing was not a fluke.
He held Mineral Area to one unearned run and helped the Winchester all-stars to a 10-1 win in front of more than 1,500 rowdy fans at Jim Barnett Park's Yost Field.
With the victory, Winchester advances to take on Southeastern Lexington, Ky., - which beat Elk Grove, Calif., 6-2, in the other semifinal - in today's 1 p.m. championship game.
Playing under an ominous sky that seemed sure to erupt in showers at any moment, Brait and his teammates kept their dream run alive with their fifth straight victory in the tournament.
A sixth one will make them the first host team to win the event.
"I'm really excited to have the opportunity to play in the finals," Brait said. "I knew we were a good team and I thought we'd do good in pool play, but I didn't know we'd come this far. This is awesome."
Playing in front of by far the biggest crowd through the first seven days of the tournament, Winchester (5-0) showed why some people are believing it is a team of destiny.
After throwing a scoreless top half of the first inning, Brait got things started at the plate, lifting a fly ball to left that landed between two Bulldogs and allowed him to reach second.
A wild pitch moved him to third and third baseman Cameron Mintz's fly out to left brought him home. And that was just the beginning.
Another sacrifice fly in the second inning, this time off the bat of center fielder Aaron Banks, scored catcher Hunter Entsminger and Winchester pushed across two more in the third when Mintz scored on an error and Entsminger came up with a run-scoring single to make it 4-0.
"The last thing I say before I come out of the dugout every inning is that we need base runners," said Winchester manager Bob Brown, whose team totaled 12 hits on the night.
"If we get base runners, we have a chance to score. We were hitting the ball well tonight and we had a couple kids who really hustled and beat out some plays and that got us going."
While the bats were coming alive for the boys in maroon, Brait was making short work of Mineral Area (3-3).
The right-hander pounded the strike zone again and again, forcing the Bulldogs to put the ball in play or go down swinging. He finished with four strikeouts and no walks.
"You don't want to walk anyone," said Brait, who threw an astounding 51 strikes on 57 pitches in the game and never went to a three-ball count.
"You want to try and hit the outside corner and make them swing."
Mineral Area's only run came in the fourth inning off two singles and an error.
The Bulldogs had a chance to add to their score later in the inning, but Cole Ziegler was thrown out at home on a double steal and Brait induced two groundouts to strand a runner at third.
"[Brait] definitely kept us off balance," said Mineral Area manager John Simily, whose team was coming off a dramatic come-from-behind win over West Raleigh, N.C., in the quarterfinals the night before.
"He changed speeds really well, he hit his spots and he made it hard for us to score runs."
Up 4-1, Winchester put the game away in the bottom of the fourth with a four-run, five-hit outburst.
Second baseman Daniel Croyle led off with a single - Winchester had four of its five leadoff batters reach safely and score - and five of the next seven batters came up with hits, including a two-run single from first baseman Jalen Tyson.
Two Mineral Area errors allowed two more runs to score in the fifth and Brait capped his masterpiece with a 1-2-3 sixth, striking out two and bringing the home crowd to its feet with the final out.
Asked if he would have believed that his team would be playing for the championship before the tournament, Brown could only smile.
"I might have thought you were walking around with a screw loose," he said. "I thought we could play at this level, but I didn't know if we would have the consistency. But now we have a chance."
- Contact Kevin Trudgeon at ktrudgeon@ winchesterstar.com