Kino Pro Hammer takes 15 innings to go 2-0 at Babe Ruth World Series


(Courtesy Photo)

(Courtesy Photo)

Babe Ruth Baseball 18U World Series
Ephrata, Washington: Aug. 6-13

Kino Pro Hammer (2-0) beat Wayne County, Mo. (Midwest Plains) 3-2 in 15 innings in the second round of the Babe Ruth Baseball 18U World Series held in Ephrata, Washington this week.

Down 1-0 in the top of the seventh, and being challenged by Missouri pitcher Trey McDaniel who struck out 11, with two outs, Kino strung together three straight hits with the key hit from Mountain View standout Danny Perez who doubled home Manny Murillo (Amphi) who got the rally started with a single to left field.

Kino went ahead 2-1 in the top of the 12th, but Missouri tied it at 2-2 in the bottom half of the inning.

Neither team could mount much in the 13th, 14th innings, but in the top of the 15th with one out, Brandon Ortiz (Sahuaro) singled to left and advanced to second on an error. With two outs, Murillo came through again for Kino with a single that plated Ortiz to take a 3-2 lead.

Matt Baker (Ironwood Ridge) shut down Missouri retiring the side in order in the bottom of the 15th to preserve the win for Kino Pro Hammer. Murillo went 3-for-6.

Tucson will play Union County, NC (Southeast) on Tuesday.

Sunday, Aug. 7
Tucson 6, Kentucky 5

Monday, Aug. 8
Tucson 3, Missouri 2 (15)

Tuesday, Aug. 9
Tucson vs. North Carolina, 5 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 10
Tucson vs. Washington, 8 p.m.

Kino/Pro Hammer Roster
Phillip Dimas
Luis Soto
Brent Valenti
Brandon Ortiz
Spencer Browne
Kyle Emmendorfer
Danny Perez
Alvaro Barnett
James Niegocki
Ivan Murillo
Raymond Hendrickson
Matt Baker
Rickey Borquez
Jackson Rounds
Manny Murillo
Keegan Graf
Drake Bannerman
Rickey Borquez


Portions from news release.

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