There are now two loser’s bracket teams and one winner’s bracket team from the domestic and international pools. The two losers bracket teams will battle tomorrow to determine who will play Japan and the Southeast. The championship game will be played Sunday.
Japan 10 Canada 0
Japan has allowed only one run in their three Little League World Series game. They made easy work of Canada, scoring in four of the five innings they played. Three different Japanese pitchers allowed just one hit. Tomi Tsubasa allowed that hit but pitched three innings to get the win. Natsuki Yajima was a perfect 3 for 3 with three runs scored and three RBIs on a homerun and two singles. Yuya Nakajima went deep for his only hit, but he also drove in three runs.
Canada will play Mexico in the semi-finals of the International bracket. The winner will play Japan for the international championship.
Southeast (North State) 2 Southwest (Lufkin) 1
The first game myworld remembers going extra innings. Southwest made two errors in the seventh inning to give Southeast the win and a spot in the winner’s bracket to await their opponent for the semi-final game. Carson Hardee was a perfect 2 for 2 with two walks for Souteast. His homerun in the first inning was the lone run for the Southeast until the 7th inning. The Southwest was limited to one hit, a Mark Requena double in the third inning. A wild pitch and ground out scored the run. Matthew Matthijs was dominate in relief. He worked 4.1 innings of relief and struck out 12 of the 13 hitters he faced. In his 9 innings of work he has yet to give up a hit and struck out 20, with his two walks the only baserunner.
The Southwest will play New England in the semi-finals of the domestic bracket.
New England (Fairfield American) 12 Mid-Atlantic (Holbrook) 2
New England exploded for five runs in the first to bury Mid-Atlantic early. Troy Ashkinos hit a grand slam homerun in the fourth inning, driving in five runs to lead the New England offense. The grand slam eliminated any hope of a comeback by Mid-Atlantic after they had crept to 5-2 after three innings.
New England will play Southwest in the finals of the loser’s bracket. The winner will play the Southeast for the domestic championship.