It’s a Wash
Mill Creek, Washington (1-1) catches fire with 15-5 win over Hagerstown, Maryland (1-1)
By Dustin Picciolo
Mill Creek, Washington did something to Hagerstown, Maryland that no other team had done in All-Star competition: beat them.
In Pool A play Monday at the Little League Baseball World Series it was Washington outslugging Maryland 15-5 in a mercy-rule shortened, five-inning game, a which the Northwest champs had to win to stay alive for a birth in the semi-final round.
A crowd of 10,200, a good handful of which made the two-hour drive from Hagerstown, saw Washington score a tournament single-game high 15 runs en route to evening their record at 1-1. Maryland is also 1-1.
Washington, which has jumped on teams quickly through out post-season play, scored five in the first off Zane Schreiber, three of which came on an Alec Kisena homer. Kisena would homer again in the fifth, hitting a two-run shot as part of seven-run inning.
“When I hit my first home run I was down two strikes, and I just tried to put the ball in play,” Kisena said.
Added Alex Jondal: “We knew we had to come out strong in the first inning.”
Washington hit four home runs in all, including Alex Baumgartner’s first of All-Star play. He had hit 12 in the regular season.
Hagerstown battled back for most of the game, scoring three runs in the bottom of the first to close the gap and give their fans something to cheer for.
“I have to hand it to the kids,” said Hagerstown manager Bill Abeles, Jr. “They continued to battle.”
Washington was just too dominant at the plate for Maryland to come back, though.
Abeles, Jr. said, “They are a very solid team. A very solid hitting team.”
Washington’s Joakim Soderqvist came on in relief of starting pitcher Derrick Mahlum in the second inning with no outs and runners on first and second. He worked out of the jam by striking out the side. Soderqvist then struck out the side in the third as well. The righthander would take the mound for the start of the fourth inning, but an apparent sore elbow forced him off the mound with a 3-1 count on leadoff hitter Andrew Yacyk.
Washington next faces an 0-2 Indiana team on Tuesday for a chance to advance into the semi-final round, while Maryland will have a much tougher time advancing against a 2-0 Louisiana squad.
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