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CP, Hammond both win on Day 2 of Cal Ripken World Series

Hammond's Isaac Ros(second from left) is congratulated by teammates after hitting home run against Kingsbridge Knights during top first inning

Hammond's Isaac Rosa (second from left) is congratulated by teammates after hitting a home run against the Kingsbridge Knights during the top of the first inning of the Cal Ripken Baseball World Series held at the Hammond Optimus Youth Sports Complex in Hammond, Ind., Saturday, August 10, 2013. | Guy Rhodes/For Sun-Times Media

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Updated: September 12, 2013 6:56AM



HAMMOND — Crown Point pitcher Logan Ryan is no relation to Andrean grad and current Georgia Tech pitcher Zac Ryan. But there’s a definite resemblance on the mound.

Logan Ryan struck out 10 batters in four innings to lead Crown Point to an 8-1 victory over Quincy, Ma., in Crown Point’s opener at the Cal Ripken World Series.

“(Ryan’s) our No. 1 pitcher,” said Crown Point coach Bob Bauner. “When you have velocity like he has, it’s mostly a matter of throwing fastballs until the hitter shows that he can catch up to it.”

Quincy leadoff hitter Curtis Frazier caught up quickly as he hit Ryan’s second pitch over the right field wall. But Crown Point came right back with a pair of runs in the top of the second.

Sam Krutz led off the inning with a single up the middle and moved to third on Ken Michaels’ double to the left-center gap. A wild pitch scored Krutz and after a walk to Josh Suslowicz, Crown Point pulled off an improbable double steal to score Michaels and take the 2-1 lead.

“We’ve been together a long time and been down before,” Bauner said. “But we know it usually takes more than one run to beat us.”

Those two second inning runs turned out to be all the support that Ryan would need. The lanky right-hander struck out eight of the next nine batters after Frazier’s blast and surrendered just one other hit.

Crown Point scored four more runs in the third inning to give themselves a big cushion. Michaels’ two-run double was the big blow in the inning. Nick Geisen relieved Ryan for the final two innings and struck out three of his own without allowing a run.

In the nightcap, tournament host Hammond improved their record to 2-0 in pool play with a 5-0 victory over Kingsbridge, NY. Hammond’s Isaac Rosa led off the game with a home run and Hammond pitcher Randall Perrin took care of the rest.

Perrin tossed a one-hitter, striking out 14 in the process. Perrin’s only trouble came after a walk and a single in the fifth inning. But he struck out the next two batters to end the threat.

Rosa scored another run in the third inning on an RBI single from Rigo Martinez.

Hammond blew the game open with three runs in the fifth inning, courtesy of three walks, an error and a wild pitch.



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