HAMMOND | Either the Kingsbridge, N.Y., Knights don't like losing, or they're a sleeping giant who was rudely awakened. Or a combination of both.
Kingsbridge beat the Honolulu Saints 8-3 Wednesday night in the single-elimination quarterfinal of the Cal Ripken World Series in Hammond.
After being shutout and one-hit by Hammond Optimist during Saturday's pool-play round, the Knights went on to rough up Grand Forks, N.D., (15-4) and soundly defeat East Boise, Idaho, (9-4) in order to salvage a second-place finish in the National Division.
That set up Wednesday night's game.
"Our job is to get these kids ready, and their bats are coming back to life," said Knights manager Allen Dillon, whose team will face South Lexington, Ky., in the semifinal round at 5:30 p.m. today.
Winning pitcher Alfredo Delgado took a no-hitter deep into the fourth inning before leaving the game in the fifth after recording eight strikeouts and yielding three hits and three walks.
George Valera hit a World Series-leading third home run, Horry Vargas had a pair of doubles and three RBIs, Erubiel Candelario was 3-for-3 with a double and two RBIs, and Jemal Betances was 2-for-3 with a double for the Knights (4-1).
The Saints (1-4), comprised entirely of 11-year-olds, went down swinging as Dante Park's two-run triple was part of a three-run rally in the sixth that proved to be too little, too late.