The Greenville Babe Ruth 13u All Star team, shown at practice before leaving for the World Series, clinched pool play Monday and advanced to the World Series semifinal game on Wednesday night.
By Bill Hudson
The Greenville 13u Babe Ruth All Stars completed pool play on Monday, defeating the Pacific Southwest champion Five Cities, Calif., 2-0. The victory means the local team clinches the No. 1 seed in their pool at the 2018 13u Babe Ruth World Series in Mountain Home, Ark.
Five Cities came into Monday's game as the only undefeated team in pool play. They were the highest scoring team at the World Series, with 28 runs in their three games.
Greenville's Tyler Bonds took the mound and shut them down with 6 2/3 scoreless innings, allowing only 4 hits -- all singles -- and striking out seven. Cameron Greenway came on in relief to get the final out.
Greenville got all the scoring it needed in the bottom half of the third inning. Elijah Bonner singled after a lead-off walk to Jayden Grimes, and one out later Owen Boyd singled to bring home Grimes. Greenway then drove home Bonner with a fielder's choice.
Five Cities threatened to score in the fourth and fifth innings, but Bonds worked his way out of both innings with two runners left on base in each frame. Greenville retired the final eight batters to finish the game.
Greenville gets a bye to the semifinal round on Wednesday night at 8 p.m. and will play the winner of a Tuesday quarterfinal game.
Game information provided by Brent Anderson, Coach Lanier Evans and the Babe Ruth World Series website.
Bill Hudson, co-owner of 252Buzz, is the digital media company's photographer. A graduate of The University of Tennessee-Knoxville, he formerly worked in advertising and marketing for both print and broadcast media.