ABERDEEN, Md. -- The Sikeston 12-year-old All-Star baseball team won its final game of the 2007 Cal Ripken World Series on Wednesday 6-5 against College Point, N.Y., at Fenway Park.
After dropping its first two games, Sikeston rebounded to win its final two contests to end at 2-2 overall in National pool play during the series. College Point finished 1-3.
The top two teams in the American (Bryant, Ark., and Olympia, Wash.) and National (Lexington, Ky., and Tampa, Fla.) pools advance to the U.S. single-
elimination round. Among six teams in the International pool, four advance to a single-elimination round. The U.S. champion plays the International champion for the 2007 Cal Ripken World Series championship.
Tyler Anderson's fourth-inning home run -- his fourth round-tripper of the series -- was the game-winning hit for Sikeston. With the game tied 5-5 with two outs in the Sikeston fourth, Anderson unloaded on a pitch that cleared the fence in center field. It completed his 3-for-3 game that included two runs scored.
Sikeston was forced to rally for the victory. After College Point scored three times in the first inning, Sikeston received a two-out RBI-double from Drew Harper, who drove in Tyler Neal in the bottom half of the frame.
After a scoreless second inning, College Point tallied two runs in the third to take a 5-1 lead before Sikeston scored four times in the bottom half of the inning to tie the score.
With one out, Anderson singled to right field and Neal reach safely on an error, putting Sikeston runners at first and second. Anderson and Neal each moved up one base after a wild pitch, and with two outs, Lucas Houchin's single to center field plated the lead runner.
When Sikeston had runners at first and third, Connor Landers cleared the bases by hitting a two-run double down the left field line. Brandon Goodwin, who went 2-for-2, sent Landers home with the game-tying run after hitting a single to right-center field.
Trey Tigart improved to 1-1 in the series by pitching a complete game. He allowed five runs (two earned runs) on five hits while striking out three and walking one.