Jasper’s early run security fades in Game 2 of Series

From Herald Staff Reports

Gripping a two-run lead midway through their second game at the Babe Ruth World Series, the advantage suddenly faded for Jasper’s 13-year-old all-stars who dropped to 0-2 after their first two guaranteed pool-play games of the World Series.

Atlantic Shore of New Jersey placed its first seven baserunners aboard in the fourth inning, with six of them coming around to score in Friday afternoon’s 12-5 victory over Jasper in Mountain Home, Arkansas. Jasper’s 4-2 lead became a 9-4 deficit after Atlantic Shore’s uprising; in total, Atlantic Shore stacked up 10 runs over the fourth and fifth innings.

Jasper started the afternoon with a bang as Benjamin Henke drove in Kody Morton and Jack Ahlbrand with a single in the top of the first.

After Atlantic Shore rebutted in the bottom of the second to knot the game at 2-all, Jasper regained the edge in the top of the third when Henke drove in Morton on a sacrifice fly and Connor Foley doubled to send Ahlbrand home. Jasper tried to draw some momentum in the bottom of the fifth by working counts and drawing two walks, but stranded both runners to end the inning. Jasper tallied its final run in the seventh by coaxing two walks and scoring a run on a Foley’s sacrifice fly.

Jasper’s final two pool-play opponents will be host Mountain Home tonight and then Bismarck, North Dakota, on Sunday. Both contests will start at 9 p.m. EDT.

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