One for the home team

"Their pitcher threw everything offspeed, and our kids were sitting there waiting for fastballs, which kept us off balance," Cramer said. "They can hit the fastball lights out, but they never made the adjustment to the offspeed pitches."

Meanwhile, Carter could not contain Greenville's offense. Carter's struggles began in the bottom of the first. After giving up a single to Jason Sugg, he hit Preston Mobley and then walked the next batter to load the bases. Greenville brought those baserunners home with two sacrifice flies and a fielding error for a 3-0 lead.

Greenville then put the game out of reach with nine runs in the bottom third, which chased Carter. Nick Rainville pitched the remaining 2 1/3 innings before the mercy rule took effect.

"The biggest thing that I can attribute to the unraveling and what took place tonight is not being seasoned enough to face these opponents," Cramer said.

Clifton Park pitchers fared better in Sunday morning's 3-1 loss to Waite Park, Minn. Lewyckyj pitched into the sixth inning and allowed three runs on seven hits while striking out five before being pulled.

Clifton Park's hitters still had their problems, though. Waite Park pitcher Michael Frericks tossed a three-hitter and only allowed one run on Cunningham's RBI double in the seventh inning.

Andy Henkemeyer led the Midwest Plains regional champions with a pair of RBIs. Tyson Euerle also drove in a run for Waite Park, which improved its record to 2-0 in pool play.

Clifton Park had one game left in pool play " a Tuesday contest against Torrance, Calif. The top three teams from each of the two pools advanced to Wednesday's championship round.""

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