Hopwood breathed some life into Ottuma's offense with an RBI double in the bottom of the sixth that narrowed the gap to 5-2. But, Westchester pitcher Ulysses Perez bounced back to retire the next four batters en route to securing the win for his team.
The loss leaves both Westchester and Ottuwma at 1-1 in the American Pool of the Babe Ruth Baseball 13-15 World Series. The top three of the five teams in the pool advance to bracket elimination play, which starts Thursday.
Ottumwa returns to the diamond to face Saginaw Valley, Mich. today.
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Ottumwa 5, Greater Vienna, Va. 4
Grea 000 400 0 — 4 4 4
Ottu 400 010 x — 5 4 2
Ottumwa battery — Trenton Fowler (3IP, 2K, 4BB), Greg Howard (1 2/3IP, 3H, 4R, 2ER, K, 3BB), Chase Wood (W, 1-0) ( 2 1/3IP, 1H, 2K, 1BB) Brok Hopwood catching.
2B — Gage Ryder.
Hits — Hopwood 1-for-2, Andrew Mitchell 1-for-3, Ryder 1-for-3, Andrew Shepherd 1-for-3.
RBI — Ryder 2, Mitchell.
Runs — Hopwood, Howard, Ian Kubbe, Jake Waller, Wood.
Westchester 5, Ottumwa 2
Ottu 020 003 0 — 5 5 2
West 100 001 0 — 2 4 2
Ottumwa battery — Hopwood (L, 0-1) (2IP, 3H, 3R, 2ER, 3K, 2BB), Ryder (5IP, 2H, 2R, 1ER, 4K, 5BB) Wood catching.
2B — Hopwood.
Hits — Fowler 1-for-2, Hopwood 1-for-2, Andrew Mitchell 1-for-3, Wood 1-for-3.
RBI — Hopwood 2.
Runs — Fowler, Wood.