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Clifton Park holds on for 4-3 win over Moses Lake in 14YO Babe Ruth World Series

The Clifton Park Knights jumped out to a 4-0 lead against Moses Lake, Wash., and then held on for a 4-3 victory over the host team in the Babe Ruth 14-year-old World Series on Wednesday night.

The Knights, who improved to 3-0 in the tournament, stranded 11 baserunners. They also committed five errors.

Clifton Park took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning on Michael Spulnick's RBI groundout. RBI singles in the third by Spulnick, Michael Jeffers and Nikolas Malachowski made it 4-0 for the Knights.

Moses Lake took advantage of three Clifton Park errors to score two runs in its half of the third. It made it a one-run game in the fifth when Brad Johnston led off with a single, stole second, advanced to third on error and came home on another error.

In the seventh, Cade Tunstall led off with a single. He moved up to second on Johnston's sacrifice bunt. But Tunstall was thrown out trying to go to third.

Reliever Kevin Huerter struck out Seth Alvarado to end the game.

Ian Anderson had a double among his three hits and scored twice for the Knights. Ben Anderson added two hits, including a double.

Kurt Forsell pitched the first five innings for Clifton Park and got the win. All three runs he allowed were unearned. He gave up four hits, struck out six and walked one.

Huerter earned the save, pitching the last two innings. He gave up a hit, struck out three and walked one.

Clifton Park faces Baxter Springs, Kansas, at 5 p.m. Wednesday.

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