Davenport and Meridian entered the nightcap session of day 3 at the Babe Ruth 13-year-old World Series both searching for their first win. Both teams committed costly errors, but Meridian would earn the win 5-4 on a walk off single by Layton Jenkins.

In the 3rd inning, Davenport was the beneficiary of two errors as they scored two runs off a botched double play attempt. 2 batters later an infield single by Cody Depardo made it 3-0 Davenport. Meridian would tack on a run after a liner by Travis Boswell found its way off the outstretched glove of Depardo to score Brock Butler from third. Davenport would respond after a soft grounder by Jacob Struss would allow Nate Canfield to score making it 4-1 Davenport. The game was far from over.

Meridian would show signs of life in the bottom half of the 6th inning. Brock Butler would double down the right field line, scoring a run making it 4-2. A few batters later, Travis Boswell hit a hard chopper to Cody Depardo that slipped past his glove and into the outfield. 2 runs came around to score and tie the game. Meridian had new life. In the bottom of the 7th, Meridian had the winning run on 3rd with 1 out but Davenport was able to escape with a great catch in center field by Owen Steiger and then a groundout by Meridian’s Will Swift.

In extra innings, Meridian had another chance to go home victorious. Brock Butler was aboard at 2nd and following a single by Zane Pritchard, Meridian head coach Steve Nelson waved Butler to the plate where he was gunned down on a perfect throw by Davenport’s Owen Steiger. The game continued on. In the bottom of the 9th with James Rowcliffe on 2nd, Meridian’s Layton Jenkins poked a single back to the left field fence and Meridian notched their first win of the tournament. For Meridian, it was jubilation, for Davenport frustration and anger.

Players of the Game: Meridian: Brooks Buchanan , Davenport: Owen Steiger

NEXT UP:
Davenport (0-3) will play Spokane (1-1) on Sunday at 2:30
Meridian (1-1) faces Sarasota (1-1) on Sunday at 2:30

 

Meridian Second Baseman JJ Rowcliff makes the throw in the first inning.

Meridian Second Baseman JJ Rowcliff makes the throw in the first inning.

Meridian Second Baseman JJ Rowcliff makes the throw in the first inning.

Meridian Second Baseman JJ Rowcliff makes the throw in the first inning.

Davenport third baseman Keiran O’Brien starts a double play.

Davenport third baseman Keiran O’Brien starts a double play.

QuadCities.com Staff Writer