The Meridian Major/70 All-Stars reached the finals of the consolation bracket Aug. 15 at the Cal Ripken World Series, but they fell 9-6 to Bear, Delaware, in their final game.

Bear, the Mid-Atlantic champion, opened the game with four runs in the first inning thanks to Dominic Velazquez’s grand slam, and it stretched the lead to 9-2 after four innings.

Meridian rallied with four runs in the fifth inning but couldn’t add any more in the sixth.

Meridian’s 12-and-under team routed the Canadian champion 16-2 earlier in the day to reach the consolation finals. Braden Guerrero smacked a two-run home run in the first inning that nearly hit the scoreboard in left-center field, then followed with another two-run homer in the third. He finished the day 3 for 3 with five RBIs.

Meridian, the Pacific Northwest Champion, finished its trip to Aberdeen, Maryland, with a 4-3 record.


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