ABERDEEN, Md. -- The Kennewick American All-Stars finally put together their kind of game Wednesday at the Cal Ripken World Series.
That it came after three previous losses in pool play didn't take away much of the shine.
Dillon Plew threw six innings of two-hit ball and led the offensive charge by going 3-for-3 at the plate with a double as the Kennewick 12-year-olds beat Hudson, N.H., 7-4 at Cal Ripken Sr. Stadium.
"We finally put something together today," manager Jeff Plew said. "Hitting came around -- we got some timely hits, and we were finally able to use our speed on the bases a little bit."
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Kennewick finished 1-3 in pool play and was eliminated from the series. The local boys will play an exhibition against a team from Australia on Friday morning.
Speed indeed was the seed Kennewick used to grow some runs. Dillon Plew and Brycen Kelly each stole two bases, and Kennewick had seven in the game.
Bryce Grigg got things going early, leading off the game with a double and eventually stealing home for the game's first run. Plew also stole his way home as Kennewick put plenty of pressure on the New England team on the base paths.
Kennewick got three runs in the inning, but gave them back plus one more in the second when Plew issued his only two walks and the defense committed a pair of errors.
The Northwest team came back in the top of the third after Plew led off with a double and scored on Kelly's grounder to short. Kennewick took the lead for good in the fifth when Plew singled, stole second and scored on Kelly's single to left.
Plew and Caleb Cope each had RBI singles in the sixth to cap the scoring.
Grigg and Cavet Christ each had a pair of singles as Kennewick rapped 10 hits. Plew leads the entire tourney with a .700 batting average and is tops among pitchers with 19 strikeouts.
"We were really happy to get the win after traveling this distance and being at the world series," Jeff Plew said. "It was good to get a win."
Kennewick is off today, and the team will take a tour of Washington D.C. Another trip is planned to Baltimore over the weekend before they return to the Tri-Cities on Monday.
Kennewick 3 0 1 0 1 2 -- 7 10 4
Hudson, N.H. 0 4 0 0 0 0 -- 4 2 1
Dillon Plew and Hunter Spiva; McKinley, Simard (4). Highlights--Plew (K) 6IP-2H-1ER-2BB-11K, 3x3, 2B, RBI, 3R, 2 SB; Bryce Grigg (K) 2x4, 2B, 2R, SB; Brycen Kelly (K) 1x3, 2 RBI, 2 SB; Caleb Cope (K) 1x4, RBI; Spiva (K) 1x4, RBI, SB; Cavet Christ (K) 2x2, 2B.