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Babe Ruth World Series: Day 4 Recap

By Jason Van Arkel, August 15, 2016

If the first three days of the 13-year-old Babe Ruth World Series were about individual performances, Sunday’s Day 4 was all about the process of deciding which teams would earn spots in the single-elimination bracket. Three teams were officially eliminated from advancing on Sunday, four teams know they will advance, and the last three teams will have to battle for the final two spots.

Because of Sunday’s results, the teams from Ottumwa (IA), Davenport (IA), and Eau Claire (WI) know they cannot advance past pool play. Davenport and Eau Claire played their final games on Sunday. Ottumwa has one pool play game left on Monday before the hosts bow out. They were eliminated despite not playing on Sunday. Of the games that were played, only one had any drama.

SPOKANE (WA) 1, DAVENPORT (IA) 0 (9 innings)

They say you are what your record is, but Davenport’s headed home with a very unlucky 0-4 mark. For the second straight day, they turned a regulation 7-inning game into a 9-inning affair, only to come up a run short. A couple of bounces here or there, and Davenport would be prepping for bracket play on Tuesday.

Sunday, it was Spokane’s Andrew Monson who drove in the winning run, with an RBI single in the top of the ninth. Monson also tossed 4.1 scoreless innings on the mound, with David Dawson tossing the other 4.2 innings as they held Davenport to just two hits.

Again, Davenport ends its trip to the World Series with an 0-4 mark in the National Division. Spokane moves to 2-1, and can clinch a spot Monday in the bracket with a win over Meridian (MS).

SARASOTA (FL) 11, MERIDIAN (MS) 0 (6 innings)

Sarasota scored both early and late in its blowout win, putting itself in good position to advance. Meridian isn’t eliminated, but will need a win and some help on the final day of pool play.

For Sarasota, Satchell Norman continued to make his case as the player of the tournament. On the mound, he tossed five scoreless innings. At the plate, his three hits and three runs spearheaded the Sarasota attack. They scored two in the first and one in the second, then blew it open with four in the fifth and four in the sixth.

Sarasota can not only clinch a spot in the bracket, but can also grab a #1 seed if they beat 3-0 Pearl City (HI) on Monday. Meridian would clinch a bracket spot with a win over 2-1 Spokane plus a Sarasota win. If Meridian wins and Sarasota loses, there would be a 3-way tie at 2-2 for the final two spots in the bracket.

MIFFLIN COUNTY (PA) 9, WATERFORD (CT) 1

With both American Division games scheduled for the late session on Sunday, Ottumwa needed losses by both Mifflin County and Eau Claire to stay alive. Otumwa’s hopes were effectively dashed pretty quickly, though, when Mifflin County put up nine runs in the bottom of the first.

Waterford had played better than Mifflin County over the first two days of the tournament, but that trend came to a crashing halt. Ethan Eichhorn and Brian Yetter each had three RBI in the nine-run first inning, and although Mifflin didn’t score again, they didn’t have to. Colby Bodtorf allowed just one on four hits while pitching a complete game for the boys from Pennsylvania.

Both teams have qualified for a spot in the bracket. Waterford could still clinch a #1 seed with a win over 3-0 West Fargo (ND), and a Mifflin County loss. Mifflin faces 0-3 Ottumwa; if Mifflin and Waterford both win on Monday, all three qualifiers from the American Division would have a 3-1 record.

WEST FARGO (ND) 10, EAU CLAIRE (WI) 0

West Fargo ended Eau Claire’s tournament with a 17-hit attack, scoring in every inning except the sixth. The boys from North Dakota remain the only undefeated team in the American Division.

Alex Urlaub was the biggest hitting star for West Fargo, recording four hits and a walk and driving in two runs. Carter Birrenkott had two hits and an RBI, and also tossed five scoreless innings. Eau Claire could only manage two hits against the West Fargo staff.

West Fargo clinches the top seed if they beat Waterford on Monday. Eau Claire heads home with a 1-3 record.

DIVISION STANDINGS

AMERICAN DIVISION

West Fargo (ND) 3-0

Mifflin County (PA) 2-1

Waterford (CT) 2-1

Eau Claire (WI) 1-3

Ottumwa (IA) 0-3

NATIONAL DIVISION

Pearl City (HI) 3-0

Sarasota (FL) 2-1

Spokane (WA) 2-1

Meridian (MS) 1-2

Davenport (IA) 0-4

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