Early action in the Babe Ruth 13-year-old World Series continued Saturday afternoon on Pitts Field at McClain Park with lopsided victories for both Atlantic Shore, New Jersey, and Tri-Valley, California.
In the first game of the day, the Middle Atlantic Regional champion team from Atlantic Shore beat the Midwest Plains Regional winner, Bismarck, North Dakota, 9-3.
New Jersey centerfielder Mark Elliott led off the game with a sharp single to left center and advanced to second base on an error by the Bismarck outfield. Second sacker C.J. Egrie moved Elliott over to third with a sacrifice bunt, and he scored on a single to right by Atlantic Shore starting pitcher Tommy Finnegan.
Finnegan continued his hot play in the bottom of the first, taking the mound and striking out three of the first four Bismarck hitters he faced.
In the second inning, Atlantic Shore sent nine men to the dish and scored a total of four runs. Catcher Cole Campbell, right fielder Mike Ordille and Elliott all drew walks in front of the big bat of Egrie, who tripled to right center, clearing the bases and giving New Jersey a 4-0 lead. Finnegan followed Egrie with a double to the same location, scoring the second baseman and expanding the lead to 5-0.
Bismarck broke into the scoring column in the fourth inning with a pair of runs scored from right fielder Carter Klipfel and catcher Miles Steifel, but it was too little, too late. Atlantic Shore tacked on two in the…
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