The Northwest Region champion Ferndale 12U baseball team got off to a rough start in its opening game of the Cal Ripken World Series, falling 7-1 to Cedar Cliff, Pennsylvania, out of the Middle Atlantic Region on Thursday in Clemmons, North Carolina.
The loss was only the second suffered by the North Washington State champions this summer in 31 outings.
Landen Hatchett gave Ferndale a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the fourth inning with a solo home run, after Dylan Strom pitched four scoreless innings. Hatchett also didn’t allow a run in the fifth, but Cedar Cliff’s bats got hot in the sixth, when it scored all seven runs.
After a bye day Friday, Ferndale will return to action Saturday against Southwest Region champion Clark County, Arkansas. It will then face the Midwest Plains Region champion Galena, Kansas, Sunday and the South East Region champion and tournament hosta from Clemmons on Monday. Bracket play starts Tuesday.