HAMMOND | Brendan Hord saw enough of Marek Bauner's curveball Tuesday night.
"He has a good one," the South Lexington, Ken. catcher said of the Crown Point Bulldog right-hander, who fanned Hord twice during Game 17 of pool play with the American Division title and first-round single-elimination championship round bye on the line.
"He made me look bad ... I was a little sloppy up there," said Hord, who did get manage an early gander at Bauner's fastball, which came at an unexpected moment.
"He had me down 0-2 and I said, 'Oh no, here comes another curve,'" Hord said of when he faced Bauner in the first inning with the bases load.
"When he threw me a fastball (away), I went right with it," said Hord, whose grand-slam to right-center helped put South Lexington up 5-0 in the first.
Later, WS Home Run Derby champion Gavin Hall and Jacob Stamm added two more shots for South Lexington, who went on to win handily, 12-1 in four innings.
The usual offensive output from South Lexington -- which has outscored the opposition 48-7 this series -- was more than enough for starter Jared Gadd to protect as he yielded four hits while striking out eight.
Though Hord was held in check for the rest of the game, he nonetheless was heard from again when from behind the plate he picked a runner off first base.
"When runners stray, we tend to get them," said Hord, who also homered in a 17-4 win against El Dorado, Ark. Saturday.
Crown Point's lone run came from a solo shot in the third inning by Alec Matalin.
The Bulldogs will play the third-place National Division team at 8 p.m. today.
"In general, we did not field well, we did not hit well ... we did not play well," Crown Point manager Bob Bauner said. "But we still got in (the championship round).
"We've beaten (South Lexington) before, but they can do this to you."
If anything, Crown Point will have fresh right-handers Nick Geisen and Logan Ryan at its disposal. Both have been effective starters during the tournament.