SHELBY Brooklawn’s Tyler Mondile pitched to contact and spread three hits over six innings Thursday in the first game of the American Legion Baseball World Series, and New Jersey’s Nos. 4-6 hitters combined to go 8-for-13 and scored six runs, as the defending national champion cruised to a 9-1 victory over Cromwell, Conn.
The Bulldogs improved to 50-7 on the season and will play Jacksonville, Fla. (38-5) at 5 p.m. Friday in pool play. Cromwell, Conn., fell to 30-10 on the season and will have Friday off at the ALWS. Its next game will be at 1 p.m. Saturday against Jacksonville.
Brooklawn’s Sean Breen, Fran Kinsey, and Mondile hit RBI singles during a four-run third inning, and the Bulldogs took a 5-0 lead and never looked back.
Breen went 3-for-4 with an RBI and scored twice, Anthony Harrold – the returning national player of the year – went 2-for-5 and scored two, and Kinsey went 3-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored. Tre Todd, the No. 7 hitter, led the team with three RBIs, including a bases-loaded hit by pitch during the third inning.
Mondile used an 89 mph fastball about 80 percent of the time and mixed in a curveball and change-up to keep Connecticut hitters off balance while striking out just two. He walked three.
Omaha, Neb. 6, Columbia, Tenn. 3: Mike Waldron brought in the tie-breaking run with an infield single during a four-run fifth inning that propelled Omaha (57-5) to the opening-round victory. Waldron also was the winning pitcher, allowing 10 hits and two earned runs.
Will Patterson went 2-for-3 with an RBI and two stolen bases for Omaha. Columbia (39-10) had Alex McKlevey, Hayden Holt and Will Norwood with two hits apiece, burt starting pitcher Kaje Usher allowed seven hits and six runs in 4 2/3 innings. Omaha scored twice on wild pitches.
In the final game of the day, Midland, Mich., played Jacksonville, Fla.
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