Not much changed except the final score.
Staying true to its talent and philosophies, Kelso earned its first win of pool play in the Babe Ruth 13-15 World Series with an 11-3 win over Concord, N.H., at David Story Field on Saturday.
“It feels good. We came out and played baseball the way we know how to play baseball,” coach Pat Connors said. “We played our style of baseball, stayed patient at the plate, worked hard, took advantage, and tonight we just came up with those key hits.”
Kelso scored three runs in the first inning before adding two more in the second inning, backing starting pitcher Jase Schueller, who pitched 4-⅓ innings of no-hit ball with one earned run and three strikeouts. He was pulled with 89 pitches, as he approached the 95-pitch cap.
Masyn Allison drove in two runs, and now has eight RBIs over three games in the tournament. Nate Lonner and Seth Volesky also plated two runs apiece, and Nick Miller was 2 for 4 with two runs and an RBI.
“This was an up-and-down, 1-15 kind of win,” Connors said. “We approach the same way every single time, and tonight was the type of game where the basehits got through. Last two nights, we barreled some balls and they didn’t drop. Tonight we got them to drop.”
Kris Tsinnajinnie pitched the final 2-⅔ innings with three strikeouts and three hits allowed.
During his time on the hill, a sharp line drive was snared along the third base line by Tommy Brandenburg, who manned the hot corner.
It was a flashier play than most, though Connors described it as just one of many good defensive plays during the tournament.
“I think our entire team had some type of great play out there,” Connors said. “You take a double or a triple away off the line like that, in a spot like that, beautiful. That was one of many plays. A couple great picks up the middle by Nate (Lonner), great picks by our middle infielder. Our catcher, they start the game off trying to take second and he gets thrown out.”
It’s something the team hopes will continue, as Kelso faces Mifflin County, Pa. at 7 p.m. Sunday.
For now, though, Kelso is savoring the win.
“Two nights of having runners on and not being able to score, and tonight we came up with those key hits,” Connors said. “That’s our baseball team right there.”