SPORTS: Wilder Baseball opens World Series with 7-6 victory

WEIMAR, Texas — Wilder Baseball Club won its first-ever World Series game Saturday morning.

Wilder, the Pacific Northwest regional champion, shaded Lansing, Ill., the Ohio Valley regional champion, 7-6 in a close barn-burner in the first round of pool play at the 2012 Babe Ruth Baseball 16-18 World Series.

The one-run margin gives Wilder a crucial 1-0 record in the National Division standings as the area elite team battles Cape Cod, Mass., in second-round play today at 8:30 a.m. PDT.

Cape Cod, the New England regional champion, had not played its first game by press deadline.

The top three teams in each pool advances to single-elimination bracket competition.

The tourney started Friday night as host team Texas Tri-Counties lost 8-0 to Onondaga, N.Y., in American Division action.

Wilder’s Saturday game went back and forth as Lansing went ahead 1-0 in the first but Wilder scored four in the bottom of the third to take a seemingly safe lead.

Lansing, however, wasn’t about to lay down and came back with a run in the fourth and three more in the top of the fifth to take the lead back at 5-4.

That was short-lived, though, as Wilder scored twice in the bottom of the fifth for a 6-5 advantage.

Lansing scored again in the sixth for a 6-all tie.

Again, Wilder scored once in the bottom of the sixth to take the lead for good at 7-6.

Additional details weren’t available.

Pool play continues through Tuesday for Wilder as the North Olympic Peninsula team plays Mid County, Texas — the Southwest regional champion — on Monday, and goes against Eagle Pass, Texas — the Southern Texas state champion — on Tuesday

Wilder has its bye Wednesday and will start championship bracket play Thursday if it finishes in the top three in National Division pool play.

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