Kevin Hill was masterful on the mound and just about everybody was strong at the plate as the Oklahoma Outlaws walloped Chesapeake, Va., 18-2 in Friday's opening round of the American Legion World Series.
Hill, a senior from Tecumseh, struck out 15 batters and allowed just three hits as the Midwest City-based Outlaws moved into a winner's bracket game Saturday night that follows the 7 p.m. game. The Outlaws will meet either Eden Prairie, Minn., or Roseburg, Ore.
Eight players had two or more hits for the Outlaws, with Josh Halbert (Choctaw), Dalton Bernardi (Choctaw) and Caleb Price (Carl Albert) each collecting three. Bernardi also logged three RBIs and three runs scored.
The Oklahoma club was hot from the start, putting five runs on the board in the top of the first inning. The Outlaws also had a five-run frame in the sixth inning and scored four times in the seventh. Chesapeake's only runs came in the bottom of the first.
Clark Roberts closed the game by tossing one inning for the Outlaws.
The World Series, which is being played in Spokane, Wash., runs through Tuesday.