CLEMMONS, N.C. — A bid for World Series glory came up one game short for the 12-year-olds from Washington Park Cal Ripken Baseball League on Wednesday night.
Matched against Ferndale, Wash., in the semifinals of the championship round of the 12u Majors 60 World Series, Washington Park trailed the entire game before dropping an 11-7 decision. It was their first loss of the all-star season.
Ferndale, 3-1 in World Series pool play, opened the scoring with a two-run home run in the top of the first inning. They led by two or more runs throughout the night.
But staying true to the spirit that had helped them post a 4-0 mark in pool play, Washington Park refused to fold. Led by the hitting of Anthony Fernandez and Matthew Perez, Washington Park battled back on several occasions, scoring at least one run in every inning but the first.
“We have won four or five games this year on walkoff hits so we felt like we could overcome anything,” mentioned Fernandez, who belted two doubles and a home run while driving in a team-high total of four runs. “The difference tonight was that we had a little bit of a letdown in the middle of the game. But I give credit to [Ferndale] too. They’re a good team.”
On the mound, Perez started and went three strong innings before giving way to reliever Adonis Medina. Both pitchers were victimized by occasional lapses in defensive support. The main highlights in the field were provided by second baseman Damon Asencio.
At the plate, Perez supplied a solo home run and a rally-starting single for Washington Park. Derek Dela Cruz added a home run while Christian Laureano, Richard Segura, Raynel Segura-Cruz and Medina each had at least one base hit.
During the game, Ferndale owned a 5-3 lead after three innings but tacked on three more runs in the top of the fourth. Washington Park tightened the margin to 8-4 in the bottom of the frame but would move no closer the rest of the way.
“I can’t say enough good things about how hard these kids battled tonight and how hard they have fought all season,” said Antonio Fernandez, who along with Karisa Perez, coached this year’s team. “You saw it there at the end. We were down by six runs with two outs and they had three hits in a row. Coaching them this year and watching them make friends here at the World Series has been an amazing experience. And reaching the semifinals is something to be very proud of. There aren’t too many teams that get to this level.” By Chris Mackie / Special to the Journal
Posted Aug 9, 2017 at 9:37 PM