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Mid-Atlantic Uses Big First Inning Get Past Midwest, 6-3
By George Thompson
Game Attendance: 16,600
After his Mid-Atlantic team won their opener of the 2013 Little League Baseball® World Series over the Midwest regional champions at Lamade Stadium Friday night, first baseman Eric Ludman said he was zoned in at his first at-bat.
The entire team from Newark, Del., certainly seemed to zone in on the ball, as they jumped out to an early 5-0 lead in the top of the first. With runners on first and second, Ludman came through in the clutch, sending a double into right field which scored one run. With runners now on second and third, Jack Hardcastle singled, scoring the runner on third and putting runners on the corners.
This gave Mid-Atlantic a two-run lead, but they weren’t through scoring. Jared Owens would also hit a single into left field, scoring two runners and giving Mid-Atlantic a 4-0 lead. Delaware would add one more run in the inning on an RBI triple to right field by Ryan Miller.
The Midwest team bounced back as they scored two runs of their own in the bottom half of the inning. Their first run came courtesy of a Brady Roberts single. Then, with runners on first and third and two outs, another run scored on a passed ball.
After the first inning, the pitching for both teams settled in, each scoring only one more run. Nathan Hardcastle pitched the sixth inning to close out the game for Mid-Atlantic, recording three strike outs.
Midwest will face the Great Lakes on Saturday, Aug. 17 at 8 p.m. at Lamade Stadium, and Mid-Atlantic is slated to play the West on Sunday, Aug. 18 at 5 p.m. at Volunteer Stadium.