Team North Dakota
Team New England
North Dakota vs New England
On the first night of the elimination games at the Cal Ripken World Series, North Dakota faced off against New England.\
It was very apparent from the start of this game it would be a hard fought defensive battle. Casey Katz took the mound first for New England and pitched a quick one two three top half of the inning.
Tyler Buchanan was the starter for North Dakota and he was able to pitch a nearly identical first inning.
Moving on to the second inning the bats started moving a little more. Both teams managed to to get some ducks on the pond but consistent pitching and smart defense from both teams got them out of the inning.
Inning three was the same song but in a different key, by this point it looked like the first pitcher to hit the pitch count would yield the first run of the game.
The bottom of the fourth finally brought some offensive action. After a missed double play, Matthew Guilbeault drove in a run making it 0-1. That is all the offense we would see however, as North Dakota was able to get out of it.
Top of five, North Dakota was still unable to break the iron defense put on by New England.
When you get the best effort from your starter combined with position players that look like they share a brain, it’s hard not to walk away with a win.
The bottom of five was all about insurance. Some nice RBIs from Jake Miceli, Chris Catinia and Cameron Cole combined with smart base running to score on an overthrow, New England capped their lead at 0-5.
The knockout defense was started to slip just a little bit after a hit and a walk on two outs, however they were able to put away the win with a shutout.
New England eliminated North Dakota with a score of 0-5. New England’s player of the game was Casey Katz. For North Dakota it was Morgan Nygaard.