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Murray beats Kennewick to advance to Babe Ruth series quarterfinals

MURRAY — After teams completed pool play on Wednesday night in the Babe Ruth World Series at Ken Price Park, the only Utah team left standing is Murray.

The hosts rallied to down Kennewick, Wash., 8-7 to post a 2-2 record in pool play and qualify for the quarterfinal round beginning tonight.

"We are the nail biters," said Murray manager Dewey Kettering.

By virtue of hosting this tournament, Murray was given a free entry pass, and rarely does such a team win a game, let alone qualify for the quarters.

Cory Carroll led Murray in driving in two runs and going 2 of 3 from the plate. He also picked up the pitching victory, pitching 2 2/3 shutout innings in relief.

In the team's first victory Murray scored eight runs early and held on for life with Carroll pitching in relief. In this game, Murray fell six runs behind and overcame the deficit to win.

Murray plays at 8 p.m. Thursday as the tournament goes to single-elimination play.