Big Fifth Inning Leads NJCAA All-Stars to 7-5 win over Chinese Taipei

3rd place on the line tomorrow for the USA team against Japan

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HAARLEM, Netherlands – The NJCAA Baseball All-Stars got a much needed 7-5 victory Saturday afternoon at the 2010 Haarlem Honkbal Tournament over Chinese Taipei. The victory puts the United States team in a position to take third place at the 25th edition of the Honkbal Tournament with a win over Japan tomorrow at 11 a.m. (5 a.m. Eastern) on the final day of tournament play.

Down 5-0 heading into the top of the fifth inning, the United States offense erupted for seven runs to take the lead 7-5. The big inning was started by a walk to Raph Rhymes (LSU Eunice, La.) who was then driven home via a RBI double by Jared Womack (Ranger College, Texas). The bases were then loaded after a Taed Moses (South Florida CC) single and a walk to Max Rossiter (Central Arizona College). A fielder’s choice with one out via the bat of Austin Smith (State College of Florida) scored Womack to make the score 5-2.

After Chinese Taipei recorded the first out of the inning, Moses scored from third via a single by Tyler Hall (Grand Rapids CC, Mich.). After a Chinese Taipei pitching change, Rossiter scored via a bunt single by Anthony Bemboom (Iowa Western CC). Marty Gantt then picked up two RBIs with a single to left field, scoring Hall and Smith, which gave the United States a 6-5 lead.

Rhymes reached first base via another walk before Womack made it 7-5 in favor of the NJCAA All-Stars with his second hit and second RBI of the inning with a single to right field that scored Bemboom.

The bases were still loaded after yet another pitching change by Chinese Taipei, but the rally ended via a groundout by Zach Kirksey (LSU Eunice, La.) and a Moses strikeout.

After surrendering five runs (four earned) the previous four innings to Chinese Taipei, starting pitcher Tyler Bremer (Yavapai College, Ariz.) faced just four batters in the fifth to hold the lead for the United States. Bremer would get the victory, going five innings with three walks and five strikeouts.

Cody Scott (Midland College, Texas) came on in relief for Bremer in the sixth inning and over powered Taipei hitters. The recent signee of University of Texas – San Antonio allowed just one hit and issued one walk over the sixth, seventh and eighth innings. Scott gave way to Chandler Jagodzinski (Lake Sumter CC, Fla.) who induced a groundout and two fly outs in the ninth inning to pick up the save.

The United States pounded out 10 hits, its highest total thus far in tournament play, and capitalized on three Chinese Taipei errors in the victory.

“We swung the bats well today and it paid off in the fifth inning,” said USA head coach Jeff Willis. “We avoided mistakes and capitalized on some errors the Taipei team made. Our guys battled hard today as they have this entire tournament and I am glad we have a chance to play for third place.”

Womack was named the game MVP after recording two hits and two RBIs in the big fifth inning for the United States. He also had the only extra-base hit for the club and like all previous game MVP’s of the tournament he received an honorary pair of wooden clogs from tournament officials after the game.

“It has been a tough week,” said Womack, “but we have been battling through it. We got down early today but all of us were still taking good approaches at the plate and making good contact. We hung in there and it paid off.”

Gantt also had two RBIs on the day and Hall had two hits batting in the leadoff spot for the United States. Rhymes was 1-3 with two walks.

The NJCAA All-Stars wrap up tournament play on Sunday at 11 a.m. (5 a.m. Eastern) against Japan. The winner will take third place in the final standings of the 2010 Haarlem Honkbal Tournament. Japan defeated the United States 4-2 on July 10th in the first round of play.

“To finish in the top three would be great,” added Womack. “We want to leave here on a high note. To end the tournament with a win over Japan and third place would mean a lot to all of us.”

Fans can follow tomorrow’s game online via live scoring, live webcams and live audio (Dutch) at www.honkbalweek.nl.

Current Tournament Standings
(Team, Record, Points)
Netherlands 7-0, 14
Cuba 5-2, 10
USA 2-5, 4
Japan 2-5, 4
Chinese Taipei 2-6, 4

BOX SCORE & PLAY-BY-PLAY

LINE SCORE

United States 7, Chinese Taipei 5 (Jul 17, 2010 at Haarlem)
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United States……. 000 070 000 – 7 10 1
Chinese Taipei…… 120 200 000 – 5 12 3
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Pitchers: United States – BREMER Tyler; SCOTT Cody(6); JAGODZINSKI Chandler(9) and ROSSITER Max; BEMBOOM Anthony. Chinese Taipei – HSIAO Yi Chieh; LO Cheng Lung(5); HSU Chu Chien(5); HSU Wen Cheng(9) and WANG Chun Chieh; LIN Kun Sheng.
Win-BREMER Tyler Save-JAGODZINSKI Chandler Loss-HSIAO Yi Chieh T-2:57 A-2300
Weather: Sunny
Game notes:
SCORERS:BANNINK Dieks;ZAAL Brigitta
T.C.:GRONINGEN van Fred
LO faced 4 batters in the 5th.
BREMER faced 1 batter in the 6th.
SCOTT faced 1 batter in the 9th.

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