Meridian’s Cal Ripken team couldn’t seem to find their usual rhythm as they dropped their first game of the Cal Ripken World Series to Hanford California. Meridian outhit their opponent 7 to 5, but they failed to bring across multiple runners left on base. Pitcher Gabe Hughes, who knocked an impressive double to deep center in the game, said this isn’t the way his team normally hits. “Usually we can get seven runs in a game. We just aren’t hitting right now.” He claimed his team was really struggling against the curveball.
Catcher Braxton Mills tried his best to get his team back in it with a late game RBI single to score Braden Guerrero. However, it was too little too late, as Pacific SW’s pitching seemed to have their number today.
Pitcher Quinn McGuire won the Babe Ruth Player of the Game Award as he put up a 0.50 WHIP in this evening’s game. Meridian hopes their bats and pitching get on point at the same time as they continue tournament play tomorrow against New England at 12:30 on Nationals Field.