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Saturday, July 6, 2013
The West team scored just two runs in two games Saturday in the Commonwealth Games baseball tournament.
Still, William Byrd's Tanner Willis provided a highlight.
"Just got the arms extended, swung and got the ball up." Willis said, describing his homer in a 5-2 loss to the East.
Willis didn't despair, though. He saw a simple fix for the West's woes.
"We were 0-8 with runners in scoring position ... we need a good night's sleep for tomorrow and we can play for the bronze."
In the first game, the West was down 2-0 after Spencer Brown drove in Shane McGraw and Jake McGrady drove in Brown one batter later.
Willis homered in the final inning, but it was too late.
In its second game, the West fell behind early as Central scored one run in each of the first three innings.
In the first, Central's Tyler Starling lead off with a double up the left field line and two batters later, Rick Spiers recorded a triple into center, driving in Starling.
The next inning saw West player Luke Kaesmeyer hit a triple only to see the inning end from the view at third base.
The Central All-Stars tallied two more runs to end the game and the West All-Star's hopes of Gold.
"You don't know what you got until you get out here," Willis said.
The North, East, West and Central All-Stars play two more pool games today, followed by the two seven-inning medal games.
First pitch is at 9:30 a.m. at Kiwanis Field in Salem.
North 310 1x - 7
Central 000 00 - 0
West 000 11 - 2
East 002 3x - 5
North 000 1x - 1
East 000 00 - 0
Central 111 00 - 3
West 000 00 - 0
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