VISALIA, Calif. -- If anything, the final score was a lot closer than the respective city populations of the two teams involved in Monday's pool play baseball game, between the Lower Columbia All-Stars and the Bronx, N.Y.
With players from the Bronx (population 1,327,690), the New Yorkers used a three-run homer by Jeremy Delgado in the third inning to score a 4-1 win over Lower Columbia (comprised of players mostly from Astoria, population 9,477), in an afternoon game at Riverway Sports Park in Visalia, Calif.
Lower Columbia has just one game remaining in pool play of the Cal Ripken Baseball Major 60 World Series, which begins championship bracket play Wednesday.
All-Star pitchers Ole Englund and Fritdjof Fremstad threw well enough to win - allowing seven hits with 13 strikeouts - but timely hitting for the Bronx made the difference.
With two outs and no runners on base in the top of the third, the Bronx drew two straight walks, and clean-up hitter Delgado came through with a three-run homer to the opposite field.
Bronx pinch-hitter Jason Pineda had a two-out single to left field in the fifth inning, scoring Kye Nelson with the only other run.
Lower Columbia had taken a 1-0 lead in the first inning, when Player of the Game Jason Miller had a leadoff double, then scored on an error.
But that would be the only run of the day for Lower Columbia, which managed just four hits off Bronx pitcher Skyler Pichardo, who went the distance on the mound.
The All-Stars finish pool play at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday vs. the host team from Visalia. The top three teams in each pool will advance to the championship bracket.