The Atlantic Shore Babe Ruth baseball team ran into another hot pitcher at the World Series on Sunday night.

Host team Greater Loudoun, Va., beat Atlantic Shore 3-2 in pool play. Atlantic Shore fell to 0-2, having lost 2-1 to Cranston, R.I., on Saturday.

Atlantic Shore, which consists of players ages 13-15 from Atlantic and Cape May counties, has two more games left in its pool, including at 1:30 p.m. today against Twin Cities, Wash.

“It was another good game between two 15-year-old teams, and we were unfortunately on the wrong end of it,” Atlantic Shore coach Bill Rauzzino said. “We’re a good team, and we can play with any of these teams.”

Loudoun starting pitcher Hank Biggs struck out 12 in five innings to earn the win.

“He threw very well, very well,” Rauzzino said. “He was a lefty and threw hard and had an effective breaking pitch. We don’t face many lefties.

“But you know, again, we had opportunities, but we just didn’t put the ball in play. We’re still in OK shape, and that’s what I told the kids.”

Atlantic Shore and Greater Loudoun traded runs in the first inning to create a 1-1 tie.

In the third inning, Atlantic Shore’s Nick Droboniku came to bat with the bases loaded. Anthony Boselli scored on a wild pitch to give Atlantic Shore a 2-1 lead. Loudoun answered in the bottom of the third inning, taking the lead for good.

With two runners in scoring position, Hunter Gore grounded out to drive in one run. Adam Lockhart followed up with an RBI single to make it 3-2.

Biggs was done after five innings and Loudoun brought in Kyle Bowles to record the final six outs and preserve the victory.

Atlantic Shore had one final opportunity to tie the game slip by during the top of the sixth inning. The local team had runners on first and third with no outs, but Bowles got out of the jam.

Bowles pitched a flawless top of the seventh, forcing three groundouts to second base to earn the save.

Droboniku got the start for Atlantic Shore and pitched a six-inning complete game, allowing six hits and striking out five.

“Nick again threw very well,” Rauzzino said.

Contact John Russo:


Atlantic Shore 101 000 0 – 2 2 1

Greater Loudoun 102 000 x – 3 6 1

2B – Sadreamelli, A.

WP – Biggs. LP – Droboniku.

Records – Atlantic Shore 0-2, Greater Loudoun 2-0.

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