Charleston Fighting Squirrels secure top seed after taking down Cape Cod, Mass., at Senior Babe Ruth World Series
EPHRATA, Wash. – The Charleston Fighting Squirrels guaranteed a shot at this year's Senior Babe Ruth World Series title with another dominant effort in Ephrata, Washington.
The Squirrels defeated Cape Cod, Massachusetts, 10-3 Tuesday afternoon to lock up the No. 1 seed in the American pool. Their third straight win in Ephrata also earned them a first-round bye and a spot in the semifinals Friday.
Charleston (42-6) took down one of the tournament favorites with relative ease, totaling 12 hits against four different Cape Cod pitchers.
The Squirrels jumped out to a big lead before starter Braden Cox even took the mound, posting five runs in the top of the first.
Three consecutive singles from Ty Householder, Cox and Trey McDaniel got Charleston rolling. McDaniel drove in Householder, followed by a two-RBI double from Winston Welter. Jason Jarrell laid down a squeeze bunt that scored Wyatt Pratt, and Welter scored on a sacrifice bunt by Palmer Campbell to give Charleston a 5-0 lead.
Cape Cod got one run back in the first, but the Squirrels continued their early onslaught with two more runs in the top of the second after an RBI single from Cox and a sacrifice fly from McDaniel pushed the lead to 7-1.
Cape Cod responded with two runs in the second but couldn’t stop the Squirrels.
A run-scoring double from Campell made it 8-3 in the top of the third. Campbell later scored on an errant throw into left field, which came during a steal attempt.
Charleston capped off the scoring with a run in the top of the seventh as Jarrell picked up an RBI single.
Cape Cod fell to 2-2 in pool play with the loss.
Cox tossed six strong innings on the mound giving up three runs on seven hits. The Scott City graduate gave up the bulk of those hits in the first three innings and received a lift from his infield, which turned three double plays in the first three innings.
South Pemiscot’s Logan Damesworth closed out the game in the seventh, stranding a runner at third with no outs by striking out two and inducing a ground ball to end the game.
The Squirrels have won 13 postseason games in a row and outscored their World Series opponents 22-8. They will play their final pool play game at 7 p.m. today against Surry County, North Carolina.