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Kennewick American falls to Hawaii at Ripken World Series

ABERDEEN, Md. -- Today could be the day.

The Kennewick American All-Star 12-year-olds have one more chance to get a pool-play victory at the Cal Ripken World Series.

Kennewick dropped to 0-3 in pool play with Tuesday's 13-0, four-inning loss against Eastside of Oahu, Hawaii.

Dillon Plew had the day's only hit for Kennewick. The Pacific Northwest regional champion will wrap up its World Series run today with an 11:30 a.m. game against the Hudson (N.H.) All-Stars (1-2).

Nicolas Benner and Ryne Yamashiro each went 3-for-3 and scored three runs to help Oahu move to 3-0 in American Division pool play.

Oahu, the Pacific Southwest regional champion, led 5-0 after one inning, helped by Nicolas Benner's two-run double.

Benner had Oahu's hottest bat of the day, hitting two doubles and a two-run home run to finish with five RBIs.

Benner also stole two bases and enjoyed a successful day on the mound. In two innings, he threw 30 pitches, 19 for strikes.

Michael Viola followed with 11/3 innings of relief, and Blaine DeMello preserved the shutout for the Hawaiians.

Kennewick's Brycen Kelly struck out five over the first two innings, but Oahu had eight hits in taking an 8-0 lead. The Hawaiians tacked on five more runs in the third.

* You can follow the Kennewick American All-Stars' progress at the GameChanger website: http://www.crwsstats.com. The team with the most fans at the tournament will win an iPad.

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