Harford County tops Colo. for first victory at Ripken World Series

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Though its chances of making it out of pool play at the Cal Ripken World Series faded a few days ago, the Harford County squad from Forest Hill did not lie down in its final game of the tournament Tuesday afternoon, handing the Midwest Plains squad of Lamar, Colo., a 5-1 defeat.

Playing as the visiting side at Fenway Park, Harford County (1-3) scored three times in the top of the first, with Jordan Wax starting things by doubling in Nicholas Sulzbach. Wax then scored on a single by Sean D'Adamo, while D'Adamo scored on a single by Jake Johnson.

In the top of the fourth, with Andrew Lechner on second, two outs and his team holding a 3-1 lead, Sulzbach hit a pitch over the left-field fence.

Getting the win was Harford County pitcher Andy Dodd, who pitched three innings of no-hit relief, striking out five and not issuing a walk.

The lone RBI for Lamar (1-2) came from Davin Jacobs, who went 1-for-2.

In Tuesday's battle of the unbeaten teams at Nationals Park, the Southeast team of Jupiter, Fla., topped the Middle Atlantic team from the Bronx, N.Y., 8-4.

The win gave Jupiter (3-0 overall) the No. 1 spot in National Division action. The Bronx fell to 2-1 in pool play.

Jupiter's Dakota Gailard had a team-best three RBIs, while teammate Zach Mazur went 2-for-4 with two RBIs and one run.

Jupiter starter Tyler Ward pitched a complete game, striking out six, allowing no walks and holding the Bronx to three earned runs on seven hits.

The key American pool game between Maryland state champion Upper Montgomery County and New England champion Newtown, Conn., was halted in the top of the second inning by heavy thunderstorms with Upper Montgomery leading 1-0.

The game will be resumed today at 10:30 a.m. at Cal Sr.'s Yard.

In a must-win game for both Mililani, Hawaii (2-1), and Longview, Wash (1-2)., in American pool play, Hawaii scored in every inning for a 12-2, five-inning win.

Seven of the 12 Hawaii runners who scored reached base by walks.

In International pool play, Japan kept its perfect record intact and placed itself at the top of the heap by dropping the Dominican Republic, 14-4, in five innings at Cal Sr.'s Yard.

With the victory, Japan moved to 4-0 overall, and through Tuesday it held a one-game advantage over the Republic of Korea. The Dominican Republic fell to 2-2.

In other action, Korea (3-1) overcame a 4-0 first-inning deficit to beat Mexico, 5-4, at Fenway Park.

Korea scored four times in the fourth to draw even and then scored the winner in the bottom of the sixth with two outs.

In 10 years of play in Aberdeen, this is the first time Mexico (2-2) has dropped two games in pool play.

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