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Sandstrom, Americans stay hot with another big win

Kobe Sandstrom is unstoppable for the Whatcom Americans at the Cal Ripken World Series in Monticello, Ark.

The do-it-all player hit another two home runs in the first inning on Tuesday, Aug. 11, and Greg Roberts added a two-run shot as the Americans cruised to a 21-0 win in four innings over Osceola, Arkansas.

“Kobe Sandstrom is still the hottest player on the team,” coach Hank Schwarz said in a phone interview. “Our bats are our bats. We played a team that wasn’t very competitive. They were one of the invites from Arkansas and were just happy to be there. ... The real competition should start tomorrow.”

The Americans will play Massachusettes in a quarterfinal contest at noon, Wednesday.

As hot as the Americans’ bats have been — 83 runs in the first four games — the pitching was equally as dominant Tuesday.

Ryan Pelton and Carson Peters each threw two innings to combine for a no-hit shutout.

“All our boys contributed. All 13 players got at least one at-bat and at least an inning,” Schwarz said. “That’s what I want. I want them to experience something they’ll never forget.”

But Schwarz will go back to the Americans’ bread and butter Wednesday, starting with putting the ace Sandstrom on the mound.

“There’s only three games maximum left in the season and we want to play in all three,” Schwarz said. “To do that, we got to put the best players on the field and stick with them. We trust in those nine players and the other four have to be ready to come in at a moment’s notice and be counted on to contribute.”

At least the Americans don’t have 100-degree weather to deal with anymore. The temperature dropped 10 degrees and that makes “a world of difference,” Schwarz said.