MOUNTAIN HOME, ARKANSAS — So far, things have gone about as well as they can go for the Five Cities 13U All-Stars at the Babe Ruth World Series.
However, "Our toughest test is still to come," Five Cities manager Michael Afzali said by phone.
Afzali spoke after Five Cities rolled to its second win in as many games at the World Series, defeating Harrison, Arkansas, the Arkansas state champion, 13-3 Friday in the winner's bracket. The game ended in the top of the sixth inning because of the 10-run rule. The San Luis Obispo County squad was the designated visiting team.
Five Cities will play West Linn, Oregon at 12:30 PDT Saturday in another winner's bracket game.
"West Linn beat North Carolina and could be the team to beat," said Afzali.
Five Cities followed up its 4-0 win over Eagle Pass, Texas on opening day with another impressive effort Friday..
Four Five Cities pitchers yielded one run between them. Travis Royal was the starting pitcher. Dominic Rolpollo, Adam Lerma, Aiden Ostrov and Brody Botinni worked an inning apiece afterward.
Afzali said Byrum will get the start Saturday. Byrum got Five Cities rolling Friday with a bases-clearing triple in the second inning.
"Everyone in the lineup got a hit," said Afzali. "Everyone contributed to our run total today."
Ty Scrudato was Five Cities' Thursday starter. He gave up two hits in 6 2/3 innings. Botinni got the last out.
"Ty's available Saturday, but we're not going to use him unless we really need him," said Afzali.