Local baseball players fall short at Babe Ruth World Series

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The Portland Babe Ruth baseball team, featuring local players, played well at the recent 14U World Series in Westfield, Massachusetts, winning three of five games, but it fell short of qualifying for the knockout round and its very successful summer came to a close.

Portland opened with a 3-0 victory over the host team, Westfield, Massachusetts, as Alex Smith threw a shutout and was named the game’s Most Valuable Player. Caden Horton, Garen Kelley and Liam Niles had RBI hits and Niles, Luke Hill and Nate Rogers scored runs.

After a 6-3 loss to Arkansas in which Portland made four errors and walked eight batters (Nate Rogers was named Maine’s game MVP after driving in two), the team bounced back to down Oregon, 3-1. Mike Jones was the winning pitcher and Kelley earned the save. Ike Kiely had three hits and was named the game’s MVP.

Sunday, Portland enjoyed a 2-1 victory over previously undefeated North Dakota, as Luke Hill went the distance, including a double play to end it, earning him game MVP honors. Brian Riley tied the game with an RBI double and Kiely’s RBI single scored Sonny Villani with the winner.

Monday, Portland needed to beat Janesville, Wisconsin to ensure a berth in the semifinals, but lost, 3-0.

We’ll have more on Portland’s Babe Ruth World Series experience in next week’s Forecaster.

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Portland’s Babe Ruth baseball team won three of five games at the 14U World Series in Massachusetts, but failed to qualify for the knockout round.

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