Team Dominican Republic
Team New Zealand
On day two of the Cal Ripken World Series, the national champions from New Zealand and the Dominican Republic faced off at 10 a.m.
Dominican Republic took an early lead in the top of the first with a well hit RBI by Aneudi Mordan. The RBI was the only run scored in that half inning.
With no runs recorded in the bottom of the first and top of the second, it seemed that the crowd was in for a duel between pitchers. However, once we arrived to the bottom of the second, New Zealand made sure that wasn’t the case.
Some aggressive base running by Arene Landon-Lane gave New Zealand their first run of the game when she stole home on a wild throw to first. Nikau Pouaka-Grego and Josh Kennedy followed in suit by driving in some runs to take the lead over the Dominican Republic 1-4.
From this point onward the Dominican Republic became the dominant team offensively. Manuel Beltre and Fraylen Suriel drove in runs in the top of three. Combined with some runs that were walked in, the Dominican Republic retook the lead. New Zealand was unable to respond in the bottom of the third.
The fourth inning was by far the most explosive. RBIs from Manuel Beltre, Mordan and Manuel Henriquez combined with a two run home run from Adrian Alvarez and some help from pass balls and walks gave Dominican Republic an 11-5 lead.
New Zealand understood their situation and made the most of it. Strong plate discipline allowed some runs to be walked in and had the bases loaded for Mincharn Kim. Kim worked up to a 3-2 count and on the deciding pitch, a changeup left high, Kim cranked an opposite field grand slam. This effectively cut the lead to 11-10.
Dominican Republic needed some insurance, and that is what they got. A pair of sac flies from Beltre and Mordan put them up 13-10. The final run for the team came from Suriel as he stole home after a wild pickoff throw to second.
New Zealand tried to continue their momentum, but Dominican Republic played strong defense for the rest of the game. The final score for the game was 14-11, Dominican republic won the game. Players of the game were Mincharn Kim for New Zealand and Manuel Beltre for Dominican Republic.