10-Year-Old Cal Ripken World Series
Ralph Sellers Field
Thursday Aug. 14, 2008
Buchanan Bears 15, Branchburg, NJ 0
4 inning mercy rule
With this win, the Bears advance to the World Series Finals vs. West Raleigh, North Carolina to be played Friday, August 15 at 3:30 PDT. The game can be heard on local sports radio 1550AM or via online audio streamming on www.1550snr.com.
Summary of Thursday night's game.
WP: Mitch Casillas 3 IP, no runs, 1 BB, faced only 3 over the minimum, 1 hit shut out.
LP: Kellen Hardy
B: JT Arruda 2-4, 2b, 3 runs; Grant Gambrell 3-4, 3 2b’s, 4 RBI’s, 2 runs; Casillas 3-3, 2b, 2 RBI’s, 2 runs; DJ Martinez 3-4, 2b, 3-run HR, 5 RBI’s, 2 runs; Mitchell Souza 2-2, RBI, run;
Br: No hitters with multiple hits
This game was a third-round rematch which Buchanan won by a score of 8-0.
After a silent 1st inning the Bears erupted for 7 runs in the 2nd, 2 in the 3rd and 6 in the 4th to rout the All Stars from Branchburg, New Jersey. This was the 2nd victory over Branchburg outscoring them 23-0 in 2 games. With this victory the Bears have advanced to the Championship match up with West Raleigh, North Carolina. W. Raleigh defeated the Bears on Wednesday in the winner’s bracket final 9-1.
The Bears scored in bunches. Highlights of the 2nd were consecutive hits by Souza and Marcus Cummins and 1 out later, consecutive doubles by Arruda, Gambrell and Cory Williams that scored 3 runs. A sacrifice fly by Casillas scored another and Souza’s 2nd single of the inning score 1 more.
In the Branchburg 2nd, Casillas on the mound for the Bears was masterful striking out the side on 13 pitches.
The Bears’ 4th inning was highlighted by Martinez’ 3-run HR, in which Buchanan broke a World Series Tournament record for Team HR with 4 (Williams 2, Gambrell 1, Martinez 1). Gambrell is credited with 4 RBI’s on the day which gives him 8 for the tournament also a tournament record.
The Bears need to defeat West Raleigh twice Friday in order to claim the National Title. First game is slated for 3:30 PDT with the 2nd game