Jasper falls just short in Babe Ruth World Series opener

From Herald Staff Reports

Jasper’s long ride to Arkansas for the Babe Ruth 13-Year-Old World Series turned into a wild ride in its opening game, which featured a late-inning uprising but left Jasper one run short.

Jasper dropped a 9-8 decision to Greater Keene of New Hampshire, rallying from seven runs down and placing the tying run in scoring position in the seventh before Keene secured a game-inning groundout to halt Jasper’s furious push. Trailing 8-1 after four innings, Jasper picked up a run in the fifth inning then made a major move in the sixth, when Kody Morton, Tysen Mehringer and Ian Giesler all scored on errors, Giesler’s RBI single pushed home Connor Foley and Isaac Day also executed a steal of home.

That brought Jasper within 8-7 before Keene bumped its lead back to two with a tally in the bottom of the sixth. Jasper staged one more push in the top of the seventh, inching within 9-8 when Foley’s RBI double brought Jack Ahlbrand home before Keene notched the final out.

Giesler and Justin Shultz provided RBI doubles earlier in the game for Jasper, which continues pool play at 1 p.m. EDT today against Atlantic Shore of New Jersey on Day 2 of World Series play at Mountain Home, Arkansas.

Jasper will play its final two pool-play contests at 9 p.m. EDT both Saturday and Sunday, facing World Series host Mountain Home on Saturday and Bismarck, North Dakota, on Sunday.

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