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West End 13s improve to 3-1 in pool play

GLEN ALLEN, Va. — After opening the Babe Ruth 13-year-old World Series tournament with a loss on Saturday, West End’s all-star team shook it off like a bee sting and refocused. Since then? Three consecutive victories.

West End continued its remarkable summer with a 10-2 rout over the Winchester Hornets, the Southeast Regional champions, on Tuesday afternoon in Glen Allen, Virginia, at the Babe Ruth World Series.

The single elimination tournament begins today. The first-place finisher in each pool for the American Division and National Division both receive a bye into Thursday. The World Series championship game is scheduled for Friday at 1 p.m. West End will play as the No. 2 seed in the National Division and plays today at 4 p.m.

West End jumped out to a fast 5-0 lead after scoring five runs in the top of the second inning before adding another in the third and taking an 8-0 lead after four innings.

“It’s huge. We came out very flat in the first inning and jumped on to get five in the second to calm the kids down,” West End manager Marc Hess said. “Everybody contributed 1 through 14 and across the board, it was a good overall team victory.”

Pitching wise, Noah Kirby, Zack Neill and Trey Damschroder combined to throw seven innings, scattering six singles and striking out nine.

“Between Noah, Zack and Trey, they didn’t have throw too many innings so far, so I wanted to give them some time on mound,” Hess said. “All of them threw strikes and threw well. We kept them under the pitch count.”

West End collected 16 hits as Deshaun White went 3 for 4 with an RBI and two runs, Briar Persing went 2 for 3 with two RBIs, Kirby was 2 for 4 with an RBI and run scored and LJ Hill went 2 for 4 with a run. Nate Crowe also went 2 for 3 with an RBI and run scored. Persing, White and Kirby each hit a double for West End.

West End held an 8-0 lead before Winchester scored a run to break up the shutout in the bottom of the fifth, 8-1. West End added two more runs in the top of the seventh to go ahead, 10-1, prior to Winchester adding another run.

Tuesday’s game concluded West End’s pool play opponents. West End through pool play games outscored its final three opponents, 24-5, including twice scoring at least 10 runs.

“To be honest they’re playing a lot more like a team and the kids are coming together and feeding off each other,” Hess said. “They’re getting big hits in a timely matter.”

West End 051 200 2 — 10 16 1

Winchester 000 010 1 — 2 6 4

Naoh Kirby, Zack Neil (3), Trey Damschroder (6) and Lincoln Miller. (Winchester pitchers and catchers not available). W: Kirby.

Top West End hitters: Deshaun White 3-4, 2B, RBI, 2 runs; Briar Persing 2-3, 2B, 2 RBIs; Noah Kirby 2-4, 2B, RBI, run; LJ Hill 2-4, run; Nate Crowe 2-3, RBI, run; Zion Hughes 1-2, run; Zack Neil 1-4, run; J. LaRosa 1-2, run; Lincoln Miller RBI, run; Jaxson March 2-2, 2 RBIs.

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