Youth baseball: Janesville loses World Series opener
GLEN ALLEN, Va.—The Janesville 13U Babe Ruth baseball team lost its opener of the 2014 World Series 3-2 to Pennsylvania on Saturday afternoon.
“Both teams had opportunities,” said Janesville coach Jeff Endicott. “It takes teams a while to get acclimated to this setting.”
Janesville overcame whatever jitters it might have had in the first inning.
Jordan Bailey tripled and came home on a single by Jacob Campbell to put Janesville ahead 1-0.
Pennsylvania tied it with a run in the second and took a 3-1 lead with a two-run fourth.
Janesville got to within a run in the sixth when a suicide squeeze bunt by Ben Coulter brought home Campbell who had singled.
The local team had a chance to tie or go ahead in the seventh when it put runners on second and third with just one out. A groundout and fly out ended the game.
Endicott said Pennsylvania also had some missed opportunities. Pennsylvania loaded the bases with no outs in the sixth against Bailey. The Janesville pitcher got out of it with two short fly balls and a short passed ball that turned into the third out with the runner on third tagged out at home.
Janesville returns to action at noon Sunday against Texas. Each team plays four games in pool competition.
Endicott said the trip to Virginia has lived up to expectations.
“Everybody has treated us well,” Endicott said. “Our ambassador families have been wonderful.”
PENNSYLVANIA 3, JANESVILLE 2
Janesville 100 001 0—2 5 2
Pennsylvania 010 200 x—3 6 0
Jake Lynch, Jordan Bailey (4) and Jacob Campbell.
Janesville leading hitters—Campbell 2x4, Tanner Williams 2x2. 3B—Bailey.
SO—Lynch 2, Bailey 1. BB—Lynch 2, Bailey 2.