Day two of the Cal Ripken Major 70 World Series at Ballparks of America in Branson, MO, is already finished and the jitters of day one have left all of the teams. Teams that didn’t get to play on day one got the chance to compete on day two. Some came out with a purpose and wanted to show that they have what it takes to go far in this tournament. Here are some of the main takeaways from day two here in Branson, Missouri.
Middle Atlantic continues to look strong
After a 4-1 win over Alabama on day one, Middle Atlantic was slated the late game against New England and came away with an 11-0 victory. They move to 2-0 in the tournament, outscoring opponents 15-1. Patience and discipline led the way in Sunday’s game as they drew 12 walks, three by Marcus Burrell who scores all three times on base. Jonny Hughes took care of business on the mound. He threw four innings allowing one hit and striking out five. This is a team playing with confidence and that can be dangerous moving forward.
Puerto Rico’s lineup is full of big bats
It took a few innings but Puerto Rico woke up in a big way in their first game of the tournament against New Zealand. Their hitters at the top of the lineup opened some eyes with the way they swung the bat. Jandaniel Gonzalez led the way with four RBIs and Adiel Rivera provided the highlight with a towering home run. This is a team that has nine guys who can hit and pose a threat at the plate. Power, speed and hitting ability are three traits that Puerto Rico possesses and they can be important moving forward. Eyes will be on them in their second game of the tournament to see if they can repeat their performance from Sunday.
Korea remains a threat
After an impressive 6-2 win over the Dominican Republic on Saturday night, Korea followed it up with an 11-1 pounding over Canada. The pitching remained strong as Yeonsu Jung tossed three innings in relief, allowing two hits and no runs. Woohyun Cho had the hot bat in this one, totaling four RBIs on two hits including a double. Korea moves to 2-0 in the tournament with two very impressive and convincing wins. Japan will face off with the Dominican Republic this afternoon but Korea is making it known that they are here to play.
All Day Two Scores:
Virginia 8 Midwest Plains 2
Alabama 3 Idaho 0
Ohio Valley 17 Missouri 4
Puerto Rico 11 New Zealand 3
Southeast 2 California 1
Pacific Northwest 4 Connecticut 1
Kentucky 9 Southwest 8
Korea 11 Canada 1
Middle Atlantic 11 New England 0
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