Janesville 13U Babe Ruth team loses second game
The Janesville 13U Babe Ruth baseball team is having trouble hitting off-speed pitches during the first two games of the World Series. It probably won't see many fastballs for the rest of the event.
Connor Kemp of Nederland, Texas, limited Janesville to two singles, and the local squad lost 2-0 in its second game of pool play at Glen Allen, Virginia.
“He did a nice job of keeping us off stride,” Janesville coach Jeff Endicott said. “We struggled with the breaking ball like we did (Saturday).
“(Texas) was scouting that game, and that's what they went with.”
Dan Blomgren pitched a complete game for Janesville. He allowed just three hits and walked five while striking out two. Only one of Texas' two runs was earned.
“We had a number of hard-hit balls,” Endicott said. “We actually hit the ball harder than they did.”
Ross March and Jake Fieirus each singled for Janesville's only hits.
Janesville stranded a runner on third with two outs in the third inning, left runners on second and third with one out in the fourth and couldn't score a runner from third with two outs in the fifth.
“We had some opportunities,” Endicott said.
With both Kemp and Blomgren in control, the game was completed in a 13U World Series record-time of 1 hour, 18 minutes.
Janesville must win its final two games of pool play to have a chance of finishing in the top three of its pool division. Janesville plays Boonville, Missouri, at noon today.