By Mike Bruu, TSB Sports Writer
All you need to know about opening day at the Mickey Mantle World Series is what time the final out was recorded Thursday morning.
At 12:22 a.m., inside Al Alford Stadium, host team Frozen Ropes Titans starting pitcher Remey Reed recorded the final out to complete a complete game, 1-hit performance in a 6-2 win over the Ohio Thunder. After four grueling games in 100-plus degrees heat that started at noon, Reed greeted the volunteers and brave fans that stayed to a dazzling pitching performance.
Reed struck out 10 Thunder hitters over seven innings, allowing two unearned runs in the first inning off a couple of Titans errors. The biggest offensive play of the night came from Titans outfielder Robert Noren, who hit a long two-run home run to left-center field in the fifth inning to put the game out of reach. His home run was the only one on day one of the tourney.
With the victory, Frozen Ropes will play Dallas Tigers Hernandez at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. The Tigers defeated Puerto Rico 13-5 in their opening game. The Titans will send to the mound Nolan Withrow to try and advance the team past the Tigers and into a bye that would keep them from having to play on Friday. In the MMWS, nothing is more important than securing byes later in the tournament, so a victory by Withrow on Thursday would be huge for Frozen Ropes
After the game, Reed was asked what the team and fans should expect from Withrow on Wednesday night. “He’ll be better than me,” said Reed without hesistation.
If that comes true, you won’t be seeing the Titans back on Al Alford Field until Saturday.
The Mickey Mantle World Series features 16-year-old all-star teams from across the country and beyond. Here are the other scores from Wednesday’s opening round games at the MMWS:
SoCal Bombers 4
Ontario Blue Jays 1
Dallas Tigers Hernandez 13
Puerto Rico 5
Dallas Tigers Vanlandingham 7
Michigan Bulls 2
Below is the schedule for Thursday’s games:
SoCal Bombers have a bye. Will play the winner of the San Diego Gamers-Dallas Tigers Vanlandingham on Friday at 7:30 p.m.
Michigan Bulls vs. Puerto Rico – 12 p.m.
Ohio Thunder vs. Ontario Blue Jays – 2:30 p.m.
San Diego Gamers vs. Dallas Tigers Vanlandingham – 5 p.m.
Dallas Tigers Hernandez vs. Frozen Ropes Titans – 7:30 p.m.