A big fifth inning by Chandler, Ariz., did in Wahpeton on the third day of the Babe Ruth World Series in Demopolis, Alabama.
Chandler scored nine times in the fifth to break a 4-4 tie en route to a 15-4 win. The game was the second of the tournament for both Wahpeton and Chandler. Wahpeton fell to 0-2 while Chandler improved to 2-0.
Wahpeton had battled back from a 4-0 deficit to tie the game with four runs in the bottom of the third inning. After each team went scoreless in the fourth, Chandler send 12 batters to the plate in the firth to take control of the game.
“Chandler’s a very good baseball team, but that was a team we can play with beat if we play the way we can,” Wahpeton manager Chris Kappes said in the postgame interview. “We just need to come out tomorrow and show how we can play the game.”
Wahpeton plays Jeffersontown, Kent., at 6:45 p.m. today in its third of four pool-play games. The game can be heard with KBMW Sports Director Scott Nulph starting with the pregame show at 6 p.m.
Here are links to listening to Wahpeton games this weekend on B92.7 FM.
Wahpeton battled back from an early deficit to tie the game with four runs in the third. Three straight singles by Jack Rittenour, Caden Kappes and Caden Hockert loaded the bases. After an out, a walk to Jackson Fliflet and a single by Gavin Schroeder drove in runs. With two outs, Jayden King singled to right to score two more.
But Chandler used five hits, three walks and two hit batters in the fifth to retake the lead. The big hit of the inning was a bases-load triple by Zach Tomlinson.
Chandler added two runs in the top of the seventh.
Wahpeton totaled seven hits in the game with Rittenour leading the way with two.
Wahpeton also used four pitchers, with Hockert getting the start. King, Kappes and Fliflet also pitched in the game.
“We came here to win games and we still have two chances left,” Kappes said. “We just have to take care of tomorrow and then see where we are on Monday.
Here are the standings after the third day of pool play:
Tombigbee Division: Chandler 2-0; Broomall-Newton 2-0; Jeffersontown 1-1, West Alabama 1-2; Wahpeton 0-2
Black Warriors Divison: Eagle Pass 3-0; Fort Caroline 2-0; Nashua 1-1; West Linn 0-2; Phenix City 0-2
BABE RUTH 14U WORLD SERIES
Fields in parentheses
Tombigbee Division: Wahpeton (Midwest Plains); Jeffersontown, Kent. (Ohio Valley); Broomall-Newtown, Penn. (Mid Atlantic); Chandler, Ariz. (Pacific Southwest); West Alabama (host)
Black Warrior Division: Nashua, N.H. (New England); Fort Carolina, Fla. (Southeast); Eagle Pass, Texas (Southwest); West Linn, Ore. (Pacific Northwest); Phenix City (Alabama state champion)
Thursday, August 8
Broomall-Newtown 9, Jeffersontown 3
Eagle Pass 6, Nashua 3
Fort Caroline 12, Phenix City
West Alabama 7, Wahpeton 0
Friday, August 9
Chandler 8, Jeffersontown 7
Fort Caroline 8, West Linn 2
Broomall-Newtown 7, West Alabama 3
Eagle Pass 9, Phenix City 2
Saturday, August 10
Chandler 15, Wahpeton 4
Eagle Pass 9, West Linn 8, 9 inn.
Nashua 4, Phenix City 1
Jeffersontown 7, West Alabama 1
Sunday, August 11
Broomall-Newtown vs. Chandler, 4 p.m. (SBLF)
Fort Caroline vs. Nashua, 4:15 p.m. (Webb)
Wahpeton vs. Jeffersontown, 6:45 p.m. (SBLF)
West Linn vs. Phenix City, 7 p.m. (Webb)
Monday, August 12
Eagle Pass vs. Fort Caroline, 4 p.m. (SBLF)
Wahpeton vs. Broomall-Newtown, 4:15 p.m. (Webb)
Nashua vs. West Linn, 6:45 p.m. (SBLF)
Chandler vs. West Alabama, 7 p.m. (Webb)
Tuesday, August 13
G1-Tombigbee 3rd vs. Black Warrior 2nd, 4:30 p.m.
G2-Tombigbee 2nd vs. Black Warrior 3rd, 7 p.m.
Wednesday, August 14
Tombigbee 1st vs. Game 1 winner, 4:30 p.m.
Black Warrior 1st vs. Game 2 winner, 7 p.m.
Thursday, August 15
Semifinal winners, 6 p.m.