The host team of the Babe Ruth 13-year-old World Series fell victim to the tournament’s first big comeback on Thursday.
After the Bismarck, N.D., offense had been silent over the first five innings, the Midwest Plains Regional champs came out of nowhere to steal a 4-3 victory over the Mountain Home Blue Storm in pool play at McClain Park.
“The kids are super excited,” Bismarck coach Cole Foss said. “We had to get on the kids early and tell them to keep their heads up, because you never know what’s going to happen. They listened, and they’re a great group of kids. In the regional, we had a couple one-run games and they stayed up the whole game.”
Jasper, Indiana, had almost overcome an 8-1 deficit in the second game of the day, but Greater Keene, N.H., held on for a 9-8 win. The first game of the day saw Tri Valley, Calif., handle Eagle Pass, Texas, 10-4.
The late game featured two phenomenal pitching performances, including Bismarck’s Zac Devine going the distance and allowing only one earned run. Mountain Home’s Trent Jordan struck out six batters, walked two and allowed only one hit over 4 2/3 innings on the mound, keeping Bismarck in check early.
The host team jumped on the North Dakota team with three first-inning runs to take command.
Will Beckham drew a four-pitch walk, took second on an error, moved to third on a groundout, and scored when Jordan reached on an…
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