The Senior Babe Ruth World Series is heading into Day 4 and the Charleston Fighting Squirrels have two big wins and put themselves in prime position to advance to bracket play. Charleston ended Day 1 at the World Series defeating the Host team, Ephrata, Washington. Trey McDaniel threw six no-hit innings and Austin Hicks slammed the door and earned the save to give the Squirrels a 3-1 win to open up their World Series Pool Play on Saturday. Braden Cox had two RBIs scoring Cole Nichols in the top of the first and then Ty Householder in the third.
After a day off, the Squirrels opened up Day 3 taking on Mt. Olive, New Jersey, and after a back and forth first few innings, the Squirrels pulled away to a 9-4 win. After closing out game 1, Austin Hicks was back out on the mound to start game 2 after a day’s rest. He went 6 2/3 innings and struck out 10 and give up the four runs. Hicks wasn’t able to finish the game due to the 105 pitch count limit but the Squirrels were able to get the last out and secure a 2-0 start at the World Series. After going up 3-0, New Jersey stormed back by putting up a four spot to give themselves the lead before the Squirrels recaptured the lead for good in the bottom of the fourth.
Charleston will face Cape Cod, Massachusetts later today and would secure a spot in bracket play with a win.