Three more runs pro­vided to be a nice cush­ion for the Ori­oles.

Tak­ing on the Yan­kees in the Babe Ruth Amer­i­can League ti­tle game at Kofu Park on Tues­day, the Ori­oles looked like they were go­ing to run away with the ti­tle. The Yan­kees bat­tled back, but the Ori­oles posted an 8-5 win.

“First off, I want to con­grat­u­late the Yan­kees on a great game,” said Ori­oles man­ager Greg Kalthos. “Tough op­po­nent.”

In the top of the sev­enth, the Ori­oles (13-1) held an 8-3 lead. But the Yan­kees (5-9) scored two more runs to make the game in­tense. Mar­cus Cas­tro sin­gled to right field and moved to sec­ond when team­mate Ro­man Gu­tir­rez reached first base on an Ori­ole er­ror. Both play­ers scored when Alex Men­doza sin­gled to right field.

The Ori­oles held a 5-3 lead en­ter­ing the bot­tom of the sixth, when they scored their fi­nal three runs of the game. The Ori­oles, who fin­ished in first place dur­ing the reg­u­lar sea­son, only needed a sin­gle from Dy­lan Gomez, plus a walk each to Nick An­der­son, Lu­cas Gou­bert and Miguel Sal­dana and a com­bined two stolen bases and three passed balls that ac­counted to­ward their runs.

The Yan­kees scored a com­bined four runs — twice each in the top of the fifth and sixth in­nings — to make it 53 headed into the bot­tom of the sixth.

In the top of the sixth, two walks, two passed balls and an Ori­ole throw­ing er­ror led to the Yan­kees’ Jack­son Han­del and Mar­cus Mire­les touch­ing home plate to make it 5-3.

The Ori­oles, who swept the Yan­kees dur­ing the reg­u­lar sea­son, were able to record their outs. That started when Gu­tir­rez tried to stretch his sin­gle into a dou­ble but was thrown out at sec­ond base. A

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grounder and strike out led to the fi­nal outs and the Ori­oles’ ti­tle.

“It’s al­ways some­body dif­fer­ent,” said Kalthos of dif­fer­ent Ori­ole play­ers step­ping up at the right time this sea­son. “To me, that’s the strength of the team.”

The Ori­oles scored twice each in the bot­tom of the third and sec­ond in­nings to make it 4-0. In the third, Os­mar Munoz reached base on an er­ror and scored on Lu­cas Gou­bert’s grounder. Adam Ko­po­nen scored the sec­ond run for the Ori­oles, as he sin­gled, stole sec­ond base and touched home plate when Munoz got on first base.

In the top of the third, the Yan­kees scored their first run when Mire­les walked, moved around the base paths to third base when Bran­don Brunni sin­gled and scored on Thomas McKinney’s sin­gle.

In the bot­tom of the sec­ond, Tieler Hal­langer sin­gled, stole sec­ond base and moved to third on a passed ball and made it 2-0 when Isa­iah Du­ran reached first base on a Yan­kee throw­ing er­ror. Af­ter steal­ing sec­ond and third bases, Du­ran scored on a passed ball for a 3-0 score.

Munoz sin­gled to left field, stole sec­ond, ad­vanced to third on a grounder and scored the Ori­oles’ first run of the game in the bot­tom of the first when An­der­son sin­gled up the mid­dle of the in­field.

On the mound, Hal­langer went three in­nings and An­der­son fin­ished the fi­nal four. They com­bined to only give up five hits.

“I think pitch­ing is al­ways key,” Kalthos said. “We try to de­velop a lot of pitch­ers.”

Lodi’s 10U All-Star Team got another vic­tory at the Cen­tral Cal­i­for­nia Cal Rip­ken State Cham­pi­onship on Tues­day, with an 11-3 win over Ker­man.

The win leaves Lodi 2-0 in pool play, with the fi­nale to­day against Five Cities at 6 p.m.

Hunter Rau led the Lodi of­fense with a 3-for-4 day, com­plete with a triple, a dou­ble and three RBIs. Ja­cob Fo­cacci was 2for-3 with two runs, Cole Dob­bins and Car­son Neube­bauer had dou­bles, Jax Ben­nett had a sin­gle and two RBIs, and Micah Man­dracken and Daw­son Labarthe had sin­gles.

On the mound, Labarthe, Ben­nett and Ja­cob Garibaldi com­bined to al­low four hits while strik­ing out nine.


Above: Ori­oles pitcher Tieler Hal­langer throws in the top of the first in­ning of Tues­day's Babe Ruth Amer­i­can League ti­tle game at Kofu Park. Be­low: Ori­oles baserun­ner Isiah Du­ran slides into home plate, as Yan­kees pitcher Ro­man Gu­tir­rez gets ready to ap­ply the tag. Du­ran was safe.


Yan­kees short­stop Alex Men­doza waits for the base­ball to try to tag out Ori­oles base runner Os­mar Munoz, as the base um­pire gets ready to make his call in the bot­tom of the first in­ning of Tues­day's Babe Ruth Amer­i­can League ti­tle game at Kofu Park.

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