By Mark Clark
The 2018 Cal Ripken Jr. 12U/60 World Series will be decided today, barring any unforeseen circumstances. The single elimination tournament was slated to begin this past Tuesday with Phenix City facing New England in the first round. The winner of that game was to play the Southeast Region champions on Wednesday.
The winner of the Phenix City/New England vs. the Southeast advanced to today’s championship game against the winner of the Pacific Northwest/Pacific Southwest vs. the Virginia State champions.
The Southeast Region and Virginia were both 4-0 in pool-play games and received No. 1 seeds and a bye in the first round of the single elimination bracket. Phenix City was 3-1 and the Pacific Northwest was also 3-1 and earned No. 2 seeds. The No. 3 seeds in the World Series bracket were New England and the Pacific Southwest.
The other four teams in pool-play moved to the Iron bracket for 7th through 10th place. The teams were China, Ohio Valley, Middle Atlantic and the Southwest.
Phenix City finished up its pool-play games on Monday with a 13-0 victory over China. Phenix City also defeated the Pacific Northwest Region 10-1 and the Middle Atlantic Region 10-0.
The single loss Phenix City suffered in pool-play was against the Virginia State champions 5-2.
Phenix City opened pool-play with its 10-1 victory over the Pacific Northwest a day late as the World Series was delayed by rain. But, the score shows it had no affect on the team.
Bailey Thorne was a nightmare for opponents throughout the pool-play games going 11-for-13 at the plate with four doubles, two home runs and knocked in 10 runs. He was also 1-0 on the mound with eight strikeouts.
He got his pitching victory and went 3-for-4 with a double and three RBI in the opening game with the Pacific Northwest.
Also getting multiple hits in the contest were Jacob Page 2-for-3 with a double and two RBI and Brewer Woody 2-for-3.
Thorne was awarded the outstanding player award for his team in the first game.
Woody got the pitching victory in the second game of pool-play with a 10-0 win over the Middle Atlantic Region. Woody went 2 and 2/3 innings and struck out four opponents. He was also 2-for-2 at the plate with one RBI and scored a run. He was awarded the outstanding player for the game for Phenix City.
Thorne was 3-for-3 with a double, a home run, scored a pair of runs and had two RBI. Chance Coleman was 2-for-3 with a double, scored two runs and had one RBI.
In the third game, Phenix City fell 5-2 to the Virginia State champions. Thorne was 2-for-3 with a double, one run scored and one RBI. Conner Britton was 1-for-2.
Dawson Walters was Phenix City’s outstanding player for the game. He came in to relieve and tossed two innings of scoreless baseball. He allowed one hit and struck out three in the loss.
In their final game, the Phenix City youngsters routed China 13-0. Britton got the pitching victory. He went two innings and struck out six. Ashton Hardy was the outstanding player in the game.
Thorne was 3-for-3 with a double, a home run and four RBI. Brodie Stamp had an RBI double and also pitched an inning. He recorded three strikeouts. Walters had a two-RBI double. Coleman had two RBI.
Editor’s Note: Details of Phenix City’s elimination play will appear in next week’s Citizen.