HAMMOND | There's a good chance a local team will advance to the finals of the Cal Ripken World Series.
And that chance is 100 percent.
Those are the same odds that one of those teams will be named "The Bulldogs."
Whether it will be the Crown Point Bulldogs or the Hammond Optimist Bulldogs , that will be determined today at 8 p.m. when the two face each other in the semifinals.
It's going to be a dog fight, excuse the obvious expression.
One person who will be ready for it is Crown Point second baseman Kyle Bauner. After his team defeated Grand Forks, N.D., 7-4 in the first night of the single-elimination championship round on Wednesday, Bauner looked he had been in fight with a swollen and bloody nose.
You should have seen the other guy.
"I'm glad that we won, because if we would have lost, it would have hurt more," Kyle said of taking a fastball to the face from Grand Forks pitcher Zach Murphy in the fifth inning.
Though he was attended to by EMT's and the umpires, Kyle stayed in the game after changing his bloodied uniform.
"It just fired me up more," Bauner said.
Nick Geisen improved his case for the tourney's Most Outstanding Player after hitting two home runs -- he leads the World Series with four -- and pitching three innings of shutout ball for the save.
Logan Ryan, who ended the game with a bullet throw from third, was the winning pitcher of record.
Murphy had a two-run shot in the third to help Grand Forks take a momentary 4-3 lead.