The Atlantic Shore baseball team, led by the pitching and hitting of Mark Elliott, beat Greater Keane, New Hampshire, 8-2 on Sunday in the Babe Ruth 13U World Series in Mountain Home, Arkansas.
Atlantic Shore is the Middle Atlantic Region champion, and Greater Keane is the New England Region winner.
Elliott pitched 5 2/3 innings and gave up four hits with five strikeouts. Elliott also went 3 for 3 with a double and two triples. Michael Ordille hit a bases-loaded, two-run single with two outs in the bottom of the fourth inning to put Atlantic Shore up 3-1.
Atlantic Shore, based in Atlantic County, is 3-0 in pool play and could become the top seed in the five-team American Division. The final game of pool play is Monday, and Atlantic Shore will play host Mountain Home at 9 p.m. Eastern time. The top seeds in the American and National divisions receive a first-round bye as three teams from each division advance to the knockout round, which begins Tuesday.
“It was a really tough game, but the team came up big,” Atlantic Shore head coach Mike Gill said. “Mark Elliott threw excellent, and there was tough defense behind him in one of the toughest games of the summer.”
Tommy Finnegan relieved Elliott in the sixth inning and gave up one hit the rest of the way. Also for Atlantic Shore, Matt Nunan had two hits and a run, and C.J. Egrie hit two sacrifice flies.