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Whatcom Americans begin Cal Ripken World Series with mercy-rule wins

The Whatcom Americans went to Monticello, Arkansas to dominate. Now, two games into the Cal Ripken World Series they have proven they can.

On Saturday, August 8, Kobe Sandstrom and Slater Whitaker came together to throw a perfect game. The Americans won 26-0 when a forfeit due to intense heat ended the game after the third inning, before they could use the 10-run mercy rule.

They did it again on Sunday, winning 26-0 against Midwest Plains. Midwest was able to get in four hits, but 17 runs from the Americans the top of the fifth finished them off.

The Americans are the second team from Whatcom County to compete in the World Series. if they can keep up this streak, they will be the first to come home as champions.

The first day of the tournament, Friday, August 7, the Americans opened with a 10-0 win. Sandstrom hit two home runs and had three RBI. Ryan Pelton had four RBI on two doubles. Garner Christensen had a winning RBI double that scored the tenth run to force the game to mercy rule.

The Americans have won by mercy rule six of the last seven games they played.

The Americans have Monday off and the Tuesday game schedule is still being determined, according to the Cal Ripken website.