The Atlantic Shore Babe Ruth baseball team is one win away from the World Series.
The team of 13- to 15-year-olds from Atlantic and Cape May counties defeated Piedmont, Del., 10-0 in five innings on Tuesday in the semifinals of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Tournament at Surf Stadium in Atlantic City.
They advance to play South Shore, N.Y., in the final today at 4 p.m. at Surf Stadium.
Tyler Pikus threw a complete-game shutout, only giving up one hit and striking out eight.
Nick Droboniku had a single, double and two RBIs and run scored. Anthony Boselli had a triple and two runs scored, and Matt Thomas had a double and two RBIs.
“We are in the same position as we were in last year. One game away from the World Series,” said Atlantic Shore coach Joe Iannuzzelli. “Last year, we came up short (losing in the final). I think the kids are ready and hopefully we’ll come up on top.”
South Shore defeated Frederick County, Md., 15-5 in the quarterfinals and then knocked off the top team in Pool B, Nottingham, N.J., 4-1 in the semifinals.
South Shore will face a tough task in today’s final. Atlantic Shore is undefeated at 5-0 in the tournament and has outscored opponents 37-3 with four shutouts in five games.
The winner of today’s game advances to the Babe Ruth 13- to-15-year-old World Series from Aug. 17-24 in Loudoun County, Va.
Junior League Softball
The West Cumberland Junior League softball team stayed alive in the East Regional in West Haven, Conn., with a 12-0 win in five innings over Staten Island, N.Y.
The team of 13-to-15 year olds will play West Point, Pa., this morning. With a win, they would force a championship game later on Wednesday.