PURCELLVILLE, Va. — Andrew Mitchell drove in the go-ahead hit with a tiebreaking two-out RBI single in the fifth inning and Gage Ryder went 1-3 with a key two-run double in the first as the Ottumwa 15-year-old Babe Ruth all-stars picked up an opening win at the Babe Ruth Baseball 13-15 World Series Saturday afternoon over Greater Vienna, Virginia.
Trenton Fowler looked sharp on the mound early for Ottumwa, starting the game for the Midwest Plains champs by holding the Virginia state champs hitless through the first three innings. Fowler allowed no earned runs, striking out two batters while walking four.
Greater Vienna was hurt by a number of miscues, committing four errors in the game including two in the opening inning that allowed Ottumwa to score four unearned runs. A fielding error at third allowed Ottumwa to score Chase Wood and Brok Hopwood with the the first two runs of the game with two outs. The error also extended the inning for Ryder, who drove a ball to deep center for a two-run hit that doubled Ottumwa’s lead as Greg Howard and Jake Waller scored.
Virginia rallied back to tie in the fourth, taking advantage of Ottumwa errors and back-to-back RBI hits by Cameron Kendrick and Nate Grisius tied the game. After allowing the tying rally, Howard came up with clutch pitches to keep Greater Vienna from taking the lead as did Chase Wood, who struck out back-to-back hitters in the sixth with the tying run a hit away from scoring after Ottumwa retook a 5-4 lead on Mitchell’s single to right that scored Ian Kubbe.
Ottumwa took Sunday off after joining Brazowood, Texas as the two opening-day winners in the American Pool of the Babe Ruth Baseball 13-15 World Series. Ottumwa takes on Westchester, California, who lost its opener Sunday 5-3 to Saginaw Valley, Michigan, Monday morning at 10 a.m. at Fireman’s Field in Purcellville, Virginia.
BABE RUTH BASEBALL 13-15 WORLD SERIES
Ottumwa 5, Greater Vienna (Virginia) 4
G.V. 000 400 0 — 4 4 4
Ott. 400 010 x — 5 4 2
Ottumwa battery — Trenton Fowler (3IP, 2K, 4BB, HBP), Greg Howard (1 2/3IP, 3H, 4R, 2ER, K, 3BB, HBP) and Chase Wood (W, 1-0) (2 1/3IP, H, 2K, BB, HBP), Brok Hopwood catching.
2B — Gage Ryder.
Hits — Hopwood 1-2, Andrew Mitchell 1-3, Ryder 1-3, Andrew Shepherd 1-3.
RBI — Ryder 2, Mitchell.
Runs — Hopwood, Howard, Ian Kubbe, Jake Waller, Wood.