Meridian U-12 baseball still alive for Cal Ripken World Series title

Jackson Reed hit an RBI triple for an insurance run, and Meridian’s baseball team earned a 5-4 victory over Exeter, N.H., in pool play Tuesday.

Reed and Mark Steward keyed Meridian’s rally from a 3-1 deficit in the third inning with an RBI single and a sacrifice fly, respectively. Carson Bohning threw 51/3 innings for the win, throwing 16 first-pitch strikes and striking out three.

“We played gritty baseball today, but still made many mistakes,” Meridian manager Scott Whiles said. “I’m proud of them, though. I give a lot of credit to Exeter. They played gritty, too. We feel very fortunate right now.”

Meridian, the Pacific Northwest champion, is 2-1 in the American Division and can force a three-way tie for first by beating Manoa, Hawaii, at 6 p.m. MT Wednesday. The top two teams advance to Thursday’s quarterfinals.