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Local all-stars open Babe Ruth Series with a big victory

Mound Time leads just 2-0, then pulls away with a seven-run fourth
by: Miles Vance WING IT — Mound Time’s Parker Stidham (shown here at the Pacific Northwest Regionals) and his teammates hammered Augusta, Va., in their Series opener.

GLEN ALLEN, Va. - Mound Time was ticking like a time bomb.

Mound Time, facing Augusta, Va., in its first pool play game in the Babe Ruth World Series for 14-year-olds on Sunday, led just 2-0 after three innings.

But Mound Time lit its fuse in the fourth, blew up for seven runs and just flat blew Augusta away, winning 11-1 at Glen Allen Stadium.

'We were all nervous, but once the game started, the nerves were gone,' said Mound Time second baseman/pitcher Nick Pullen, who went 2-for-3 at the plate and scored one run.

'I was a little nervous,' agreed right fielder/pitcher Josh Hill, 'but we were pumped up because it's the World Series.'

Rob Lavey got things started in the first when he walked, took second on a groundout and scored when Augusta made an error on Matt Orcutt's grounder to third. Mound Time made it 2-0 in the second when Zane Chitwood singled to right, took second on a bunt single by James Armstrong and scored on an Augusta error.

But it was in the fourth when the Bandits really took control. First, Mound Time loaded the bases when Chitwood singled, Armstrong was hit by pitch and Pullen got a bunt single. Ryan Kaser walked to force in one run, then Josh Lewellen and Lavey followed suit to make it 5-0.

After reliever Patrick McCrary came on for Augusta and got the second out of the inning, Orcutt doubled to left center and cleared the bases. Parker Stidham then tacked on a single of his own to boost the Bandits' lead to 9-0.

'It was good to be hitting like that,' Pullen said.

'We started getting walks, then we got some key hits and they made some errors,' said

Lavey, who scored twice and knocked in a run in the win.

Tony Niehuser singled home a run in the sixth, then scored his team's final run on a wild pitch to end the festivities.

That was way more than enough for pitchers Lewellen, Kaser, Hill and Pullen. Lewellen threw three innings to get the win, allowing no runs, no hits and one walk while striking out two. For the game, Chitwood went 2-for-4 and scored twice, Pullen was 2-for-3 and scored once, and Orcutt went 1-for-3, scored once and drove in three.