HAMMOND | The first one challenged the deepest part of the park.
The second one became fish food.
Hammond Bulldogs Randall Perrin and Daniel Villarreal went back-to-back -- Perrin over the 230-foot center field fence to drive in Liam Ochi, who previously singled, and then Villarreal cleared the left field bleachers, the ball bounced on the road and into the Little Calumet -- after two outs in the first inning as Hammond jumped out to a 3-0 lead in Friday's opening pool-play round against Grand Forks, N.D. at the Cal Ripken Major/60 World Series.
Later in the fifth, the Bulldogs took a more small-ball approach as well-placed bunts and opportune base running forced the Bombers into a series of miscues resulting in a five-run rally and an 8-0 Hammond lead.
Bulldogs starter Rigo Martinez cruised through the first three innings while consistently getting ahead of the hitters. He was inflicted with a little wildness after giving up his first hit in the fourth inning as two subsequent hit batsmen loaded the bases with one out.
Martinez, however, got out of the inning after striking out consecutive batters. He was relieved by Ochi with two outs in the fourth after giving up a run.