Game 3
Midwest
0 vs. Southwest  1
Friday, August 16, 2002
7:00PM ET

Lone Star needs just lone run

United States Pool A saw its second pitcher’s duel in as many games Friday at Volunteer Stadium.

This time around the match-up featured Texas’ Walker Kelly and Missouri’s Darren Aggus.

And in the end, Kelly was one better, holding the Midwest champs to just one hit in a complete-game, 1-0 victory.

Mitchell Belew singled home the game’s only run in the top half of the sixth. 

Michael Valdez led off the inning with a double to right-center. Two batters later Belew blooped one just beyond the reach of second baseman Alan Pink.

“I thought the second baseman was going to catch it,” Belew said.

“I ran as hard as I could,” added Valdez.

Kelly struck out 12, including the last three batters he faced. The left-hander also struck out the side in the first and fifth innings.

“I felt pretty good,” Kelly said. “My location and velocity were good.”

“He pitched a great game,” said his father and Texas head coach Jon Kelly.

Aggus took the tough-luck loss, giving up one run on five hits in six innings of work. He struck out seven Texas batters.

“I’m concerned about the offense,” Coach Kelly said. “I would like to see more hits and runs on the scoreboard, but for the time being we’re stuck with low scoring games.

“I know we can compete at this level. The first game in pool play is big and we’re ecstatic to win.”

Missouri head coach Craig Powell was impressed with Kelly’s performance.

“We ran in to a fire-baller tonight,” he said. “He threw a heck of a ballgame against us. He was the real deal tonight.

Texas next plays Hawaii Sunday at Volunteer Stadium, while Missouri squares off against Massachusetts Saturday night in the same venue.

“We’re not out of it by any means,” Powell said. “Our backs are against the wall. The kids are a little upset, but we’ll bounce back.”

-Mark Rogoff
Special Correspondent

US Midwest(Home) vs. US Southwest(Visitor)
Aug 16 2002 19:09:43 To 8:55 PM Volunteer Stadium So. Williamport, Pa.

Game Scoring By Inning:

1
2
3
4
5
6
R
H
E
US Southwest
0
0
0
0
0
1
1
5
0
US Midwest
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
1

Home Team Box Score:
US Midwest
POS
AB
R
H
RBI
AP
As
PO
E
Miller, Dakotah
cf
3
0
1
0
3
0
0
0
Sossamon, Chance
ss
2
0
0
0
3
2
2
0
Aggus, Darren
p
3
0
0
0
3
1
0
0
Powell, Caleb
1b
3
0
0
0
3
0
7
0
Zerkel, Landon
rf
2
0
0
0
2
1
1
0
Pink, Alan
2b
2
0
0
0
2
2
0
1
Richardson, Brett
3b
1
0
0
0
2
2
0
0
Hickman, Jordan
c
1
0
0
0
1
0
7
0
Gregory, Jaryd
lf
1
0
0
0
1
0
1
0
Swarens, Jerick
ph
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
Walker, Preston
lf
1
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
Totals
19
0
1
0
22
8
18
1

Visiting Team Box Score:
US Southwest
POS
AB
R
H
RBI
AP
As
PO
E
Vander Hamm, Jeffrey
2b
3
0
1
0
3
0
2
0
Ravnaas, Rand
cf
2
0
1
0
3
0
0
0
Kelly, Walker
p
3
0
0
0
3
1
0
0
Valdez, Michael
c
3
1
1
0
3
0
12
0
Eagle, Patton
ss
3
0
0
0
3
2
1
0
Belew, Mitchell
3b
3
0
1
1
3
0
0
0
Grace, Mark
lf
2
0
0
0
3
0
0
0
Ratliff, Robert
1b
1
0
0
0
1
0
3
0
Hamilton, Chester
rf
1
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
Rivera, Chris
ph
1
0
1
0
1
0
0
0
Lebus, Robby
rf
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Huckabay, Jack
ph
1
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
Totals
23
1
5
1
25
3
18
0

Winning Pitcher: Kelly, Walker Losing Pitcher: Aggus, Darren
IP
R
ER
ERA
H
K
BB
HP
TP
KP
BP
US Midwest
Aggus, Darren
6.0
1
1
1.00
5
7
2
0
91
61
30
US Southwest
Kelly, Walker
6.0
0
0
0.00
1
12
3
0
94
56
38

ERA computed assuming 6 innings per game


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