The Atlantic Shore baseball team collected 10 hits and beat Bismarck, North Dakota 9-3 on Saturday in pool play at the Babe Ruth 13U World Series in Mountain Home, Arkansas.
Atlantic Shore is the Middle Atlantic Region champion, while Bismark is the Midwest Plains Region winner.
Atlantic Shore’s C.J. Egrie hit a three-run triple to center field in the second inning, and the Atlantic County-based All-Star team scored four runs in the inning to go up 5-0.
Tommy Finnegan, Atlantic Shore’s starting pitcher, worked three scoreless innings and struck out seven. Relievers Ryan Spina and Egrie went two innings apiece.
“We came out really focused on the game and played really well,” Atlantic Shore head coach Mike Gill said. “We got off to a great start, and it was our best performance in a while.
“C.J.’s triple went over the center fielder’s head, and it’s a pretty big park, so you can get a couple extra bases. Tommy Finnegan pitched his best performance of the summer. Ryan and C.J. both pitched well, too.”
Atlantic Shore (2-0) continues pool play in the five-team American Division at 6:30 p.m. Sunday (Eastern time) against Greater Keane, New Hampshire, the New England Region champion.
Monday is the final day of pool play. The top three teams in both the American and National divisions advance to the knockout round, which begins Tuesday. The top seeds of both divisions have a first-round bye.
Egrie went 2 for 2 with two runs and three RBIs. Mark Elliott was 2 for 2 with a walk and three runs. Finnegan’s RBI single made it 1-0 in the first inning and he also doubled. Trevor Cohen had two hits, and Matt Nunan hit an RBI single and a sacrifice fly. Spina singled in a run.
Bismarck had six hits, and committed three errors while Atlantic Shore had no errors. Bismarck scored two runs in the bottom of the fourth inning and one run in the sixth.
Gill said that if Atlantic Shore beats New England, it would have a good chance to be the American’s top seed.
“We know that New England has a lot of hitting and good pitching, with a combined no-hitter on Friday,” Gill said. “Our pitching has been set up very well, and every pitcher is available. We’re looking to finish up pool play well and be ready for the next round.”