West End sees nine hits, great defense in World Series win
GLEN ALLEN, Va. — A huge inning and lights out pitching and defense. That was the key Sunday afternoon in Glen Allen, Virginia, at the Babe Ruth 13-year-old World Series tournament for West End’s all-star team.
West End collected nine hits and beat Willamette, Oregon, in a five-inning rout, 11-1, thanks to nine hits and a huge six-run second inning.
“The key to the game today was coming up with big hits in key situations. They gave us some free passes, some walks, but today the kids came up and got the bit hit when we had guys on base,” West End manager Marc Hess said.
The win puts West End in excellent position to advance into the single elimination portion of the tournament this week. West End is now 2-1, winning two in a row after a tough opening loss at the World Series. West End is off Monday and gets back at it Tuesday morning at 10 a.m. in their final pool play contest.
Briar Persing pitched excellent for West End. He threw a five-inning complete game and scattered two singles, limiting Oregon’s chances to put runners on base.
“He threw the ball a lot better. His curveball was working pretty good,” Hess said. “He didn’t have a ton of strikeouts, but he threw a lot more strikes compared to game one.”
West End held a 2-0 lead after the first inning, but the second inning is where West End did majority of its damage. West End scored six runs to blow the game open and take an 8-0 lead against Oregon.
West End then went ahead 10-0 with a two-run third inning before Oregon finally scored a run in the top of the fourth inning.
“We’ve been on the kids a lot because even game one that we lost, we had a 4-1 lead and kind of died off after that,” Hess said. “We’ve been on the kids to step on their throat every single inning. If you win every inning, there’s no chance to lose the game.”
Persing led West End by going 3 for 3 with a double, three RBIs and three runs scored. Deshaun White had a monster game, going 2 for 2 with a double, triple, two RBIs and scored four runs. Noah Kirby also had multiple hits by going 2 for 2 with an RBI and run scored, and Kason Ulmer went 1 for 1 with an RBI.
“We’re feeling good about ourselves. We got that loss out of our minds now with two straight wins. The kids are enjoying themselves,” Hess said.
On Saturday, West End defeated Manassas, Virginia — the Virginia state champions — 3-2.
West End rallied in the sixth inning with two outs on Saturday after trailing 2-1, West End loaded the bases. Persing managed to steal home after an attempted pickoff attempt to tie the game, 2-2. Zion Hughes then came up clutch with an RBI single down the left-field line to put West End ahead, 3-2.
It was West End’s first lead since it took a 1-0 lead in the first inning.
Offensively, West End collected 10 hits and was able to put the ball in play when needed. Nate Crowe went 2 for 2, and Persing (2 for 3, RBI, run) and Trey Domschroder (2 for 4, run) each had two hits apiece. LJ Hill, Zack Neil and Kirby all had hits, as Neil hit a double on Saturday.
Neil and Hill combined on the mound to win Saturday’s game against Virginia. Neil started and went 3 1/3 innings before Hill relieved him, going 3 2/3 innings. The duo combined to limit Virginia to five hits and issued just two walks combined.
“Our pitchers threw a lot better, a lot more strikes. I think we actually threw Zack 43 pitches in 3 1/3 innings and LJ threw 45 pitches. So when you think about it, yesterday we threw way too many pitches and today, basically back to normal,” Hess said. “Our pitchers threw well and good enough to keep us in the game.”
West End 11,
Willamette, Ore. 1
Oregon 000 10 – 1 2 2
West End 262 01 – 11 9 2
Briar Persing and LJ Miller. (Oregon pitchers and catchers not available). W: Persing.
Top West End hitters: Deshaun White 2-2, 2B, 3B, 2 RBIs, 4 runs; Briar Persing 3-3, 2B, 3 RBIs, 3 runs; Noah Kirby 2-2, RBI, run; Kason Ulmer 1-1, RBI.
West End 3,
Manassas, Va. 2
West End 100 002 0 – 3 10 2
Virginia 020 000 0 – 2 5 0
Z. Neil, LJ Hill (4) and L. Miller. (Virginia pitchers and catchers not available). W: Hill.
Top West End hitters: B. Persing 2-3, RBI, run, BB; T. Domschroder 2-4, RBI; N. Crowe 2-2; Z. Neil 1-2, 2B, BB; L. Hill 1-3.