By. Dylan Mannon
Cardinals Baseball vs. Lawrenceville Road Irish:
Let’s be honest with ourselves, when we see a lineup filled with Notre Dame Irish players we expect quite a few hits. This is exactly what we got from the Irish, but not before the Cardinals struck early. Although the Cardinals made it interesting early, they’ll lose this one 12-5.
The game’s first lead came in the form of an RBI dribbler to the shortstop from Nick Feretic, he was thrown out at first but not before the runner at third would cross home plate.
The Cardinals would start the top of the third with two singles to right field and a successful sac bunt leaving runners at second and third. After some solid defensive plays the Irish found themselves with runners at first and third with two outs, still up 1-0. Stepping to the plate, left hander Ryan Willover laced an opposite field two run double to give the Cardinals the early lead. Ayar completed the scoring in this inning with a double of his own to put them up 3-1.
The rout began for the Irish the very next inning when they put up seven runs to lead 8-3. It didn’t take long for them to put up another three runs. The Cardinals fought back scoring two runs in the sixth, but it wasn’t enough. The Irish offense was too much to handle and they finished the game 12-5.
NJ Tigers vs. Dirty Boyz Liedtka Trucking:
The score board would make you likely to assume that the Dirty Boyz were in control of this one. If you were to assume that you’d be right. They actually had the opportunity to put up mercy rule kind-of numbers before the fourth inning. Leaving a combined ten runners stranded in the first three innings, the Dirty Boyz struggled to get runners across early.
The first run came across the plate in the form of an RBI single hit hard up the middle from Connor Luckie. One more run would score that inning, and the Dirty Boyz wouldn’t stop scoring for the rest of the game.
A run would score on an overthrow to the first baseman in the bottom of the fourth. They would extend their lead in the bottom of the fifth with a two RBI double down the left field line. Keifer Goss who is playing like a real MVP this tournament slid into second base, turned to his dugout and threw his hands up in the air screaming in excitement.
The Tigers played with lots of heart, and didn’t go down without a fight. In the bottom of the sixth Hernandez stepped up to the plate with a runner on first. He worked a full count, and smoked the hardest hit ball of the day to left center. Later in the inning a sac fly would score the only run of the game for the Tigers.
The Dirty Boyz will be challenged on Tuesday when they face off against offensive powerhouse Lawrence Road Irish, who have won their games in dominating fashion. Don’t forget to tune in to wbcbsports.com to watch all your favorite teams play in the Last Dance World Series.