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Under 18 World Cup All Tournament Team

Friday, September 15th, 2017

Below is the Under 18 World Cup all tournament team. Myworld will include other players who were deserving of consideration based on their statistical performance.

Catcher - Dae-Hyun Cho (Korea) - .278, 1 HR, 11 runs scored, 8 RBIs with a .935 OPS

First Base - Leonardo Seminati (Italy) - .423, 2 HR, 7 RBI with 1.185 OPS

Second Base - Cesar Prieto (Cuba) - .581 ave with a 1.251 OPS

Third Base - Noah Naylor (Canada) - .313 average with .856 OPS

Shortstop - Brice Turang (United States) - .364, 7 runs scored with a .932 OPS

Outfield - Jin-Won Ye (Korea) - .355, 1 HR, 10 runs scored, 6 RBIs with a .992 OPS
Outfield - Alek Thomas (United States) - .361, 8 RBIs and six runs scored with 5 stolen bases
Outfield - Michael Siani (United States) - .333, 12 runs scored and 6 RBIs with 7 stolen bases and a .896 OPS

Starting Pitcher - Ethan Hankins (United States) - 1-0, 0.75 ERA, 27 K’s in 12 innings

Relief Pitcher - Fuminaru Taura (Japan) - 1-1, 1.32 ERA with 29 K’s in 13.2 innings

Others to Consider

United States

Triston Casas - .250, 3 homeruns and 13 RBIs with .993 OPS. Voted MVP of the tournament
Matthew Liberatore - 2-0, 0.00 ERA in 12 innings
Ryan Weathers - 2-0, 0.00 ERA in 9.2 innings
Brandon Dieter - 1-0, 0.00 ERA in 10 innings

Korea

Jun-Hwan Jang - .381, 2 HRs, 9 RBIs with 7 runs scored and a 1.234 OPS. 8 walks
Baek-Ho Kang - .375, 1 HR, 8 RBIs, 6 runs scored, 4 2Bs with a 1.100 OPS. Also 4 K’s in 2 innings. The Shohei Otani of Korea.
In-Hyok Yi - .300, 1 HR, 6 RBIs, 6 runs scored with a .967 OPS
Been Gwak - 1-1, 2.51 with 18 K’s in 14.1 innings
Min Kim - 1-0, 0.77 in 11.2 innings

Japan

Kaito Kozono - .378 average
Hisanori Yasuda - .324 average, 4 2Bs with a .918 OPS
Ginji Miura - 2-0, 0.00 ERA with 19 K’s in 12 innings
Kento Kawabata - 0-2, 2.51 ERA with 25 K’s in 14.1 innings

Canada

Jason Willow - .333, 1 HR, 10 RBIs, 7 runs scored with a .928 OPS
Archer Brookman - .219, 2HR, 11 RBIs, 9 runs scored with a .866 OPS

Australia

Jack O’Loughlin - 2-0, 0.69 ERA with 15 K’s in 13 IP

Cuba

Roidal Martinez - .429 ave with a 1.026 OPS
Victor Mesa - .320 ave.

Taiwan

Han-Yu Tseng - .393 with .964 OPS
Tien-Hsin Kuo - .364 with .860 OPS

Netherlands

Dylan Koster - .364 with .845 OPS
Donny Breek - 1-1, 1.08 ERA, 18 K’s 16.2 innings, 151 opponent average

Italy

Michele Vassalotti - 1-0, 1.64 ERA with 15 K’s in 11 innings
Chih-Jung Liu - 1-1, 1.98 with 13 K’s in 13.2 IP
Yi-Sheng Chu - 1.29 ERA with 12 K’s in 7 IP

Nicaragua

Wandley Lagos - .424 ave, 4 stlen bases with a .899 OPS
Jeyner Flores - .393 ave, 2 HRs, 7 RBIs with 1.219 OPS

Mexico

Saul Martinez - .423 with a 1.041 OPS
Jose Gaona - .400 with a 1.070 OPS
Jorge Valdez - 1-0, 1.17 ERA with 10 K’s in 7.2 innings

South Africa

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San Marino Wins Italian League

Wednesday, September 6th, 2017

San Marino swept through 2015 winner Rimini to win the Italian title three games to none. San Marino was a three time winner from 2011 to 2013 and has won a total of 13 championships. San Marino survived a solo homerun hit by Mattia Reginato to win the third game 2-1. Ricardo Hernandez pitched the first six innings allowing just one run on three hits. Jose Rosario took over for him in relief for the final three innings and retired the side in order in each of the innings.

Lino Zappone drove in both runs with an RBI double in the fifth and an RBI single in the 8th for San Marino.

World Cup 19 and Under - Canada Escapes and United States Beats Cuba

Wednesday, September 6th, 2017

Canada escaped an upset from Italy to stay alive for the Super Round. They played the next day and upset second place Australia to improve their chances after two early game losses. The United States clobbered Cuba to remain undefeated.

Canada 6 Italy 5

Canada never had the lead in this game until a sacrifice fly hit by Marc Lebreux in the top of the ninth drove in the go ahead run to give Canada a 6-5 lead. Wesley Moore finishes the ninth, allowing just one hit to get the win. He shut down the Italian offense for 3.1 innings striking out five. Jason Willow drove in three runs with a double and triple.

Canada relied on 11 walks from the Italian pitching staff to pull out this victory, They ended the day accumulating just seven hits. Leonardo Seminati hit a homerun for Italy. Ricardo Poalini contributed two doubles to drive in two runs but the bats came up short for Italy late when it counted.

United States 8 Cuba 1

Cuba scored the first run in the second inning, but that is all they would score. In five games the United States pitching staff has not allowed more than one run to score against them. This time it was Mitchel Wilcox who stymied the Cuban bats, limiting them to two hits in seven innings. The lone run for Cuba was unearned.

The United States banged out 13 hits. Alek Thomas distributed three of them to knock in two runs. Anthony McNair also had two RBIs on his two hits. Raynel Delgado, born in Cuba and coming to the United States at six years of age went 2 for 4 with a run scored and an RBI. The United States scored runs in four consecutive innings to make this game a rout.

Canada 8 Australia 2

Canada got back into super round contention with a big win over Australia, who had only lost one game in the tournament. Two big three spots in the first two innings got them off to a good start. Archer Brookman got things started for Canada with a big two run homer in the first inning. For Brookman it is his second homerun of the tournament. Michael Stovman made it back to back with a homerun of his own, also his second of the tournament. In the second inning leadoff hitter Edouard Julien showed off his power bat with a 3-run homer to make it 6-0.

Jack Decooman lasted six innings, allowing just one run to get the win. Cade Smith finished the game for him by working the last three. Each pitcher allowed one run to score during his watch.

Korea 10 Italy 1

Korea stayed undefeated with an easy win over Italy. While the United States team has been winning with their arms, the Koreans have been winning with their sticks. Those bats did not wake up until the sixth when they erupted for five runs. They followed that with a four run seventh to put the game out of reach. It was their third straight game in which they have scored double digits in runs scored. The Koreans failed to hit a homerun in the game, but they did bang out 14 hits. Jin-Won Ye was a perfect 3 for 3 with two runs scored and two walks.

The Koreans used five different pitchers to get them through the game, with a bye tomorrow. One hitter they could not stop was Leonardo Seminati who finished the game 4 for 4, getting four of the five Italian hits. Leonardo accounted for the only Italian run, a solo shot in the fifth to tie the game 1-1. It was the second consecutive game in which Seminati homered.

Japan 12 South Africa 0

Japan strung together 10 hits, but they were also helped with 7 South African errors in a game that was stopped after 7. Kotaro Kiyomiya went deep for Japan in a 2 for 3 day with a double and homerun, driving in two. Kotaro scored three times. Kaito Kozono splashed together three hits in the rout.

Ginji Miura worked five innings in a start for Japan to get the win.

Netherlands 4 Mexico 0

The arm of Christopher Koeiman proved too much for Mexico. He went the complete nine innings, scattering five hits to spin together a shutout. Richgelon Juliana was the offensive star for the Dutch with his three hits, two of them doubles to allow him to cross the plate twice. Dylan Koster also had three hits, driving in one run and scoring once.

Taiwan 10 Nicaragua 5

Taiwan accepted the 10 walks Nicaragua pitchers gifted them and combined them with their 8 hits to score in double digits. Han-Yu Tseng was the bit stick for Taiwan with three hits and four runs driven in. He spanked two doubles. Tan Chiu drove in three from the bottom of the order and also scored four times in a 3 for 4 day with one double and a triple. Tan also stole two bases. The three hits were his first in the tournament after 10 hitless at bats.

Jeyner Sanchez went deep for Nicaragua, his second homerun of the tournament.

18 Under World Cup - Day 3 & 4 - United States Pitching Dominates

Monday, September 4th, 2017

The United States pitches three straight shutouts. They and Korea are the only undefeated teams in their pool, though Korea has weaker teams in their pool. Japan stays in it by providing Cuba with their first loss. Below are the summaries for days 3 and 4 of the 18 under World Cup.

Day 3

Japan 7 Cuba 2

Japan bounced back from their loss to the United States to tack on a loss to Cuba. Kaito Kozono carried the big stick with three hits that drove in two runs. He also scored twice. Hikaru Yamashita had trouble finding the strike zone walking six in just 5.1 innings. He survived long enough to get the win with Fumimaru Taura pitching 2.2 innings of shutout relief and striking out five in that outing.

United States 6 Mexico 0

Back to back shutouts for the United States. The game only went six innings with Matthew Liberatore going the distance, allowing just one hit and striking out 12 of the 20 hitters he faced. The United States was only capable of stringing together two hits, but three errors, 8 walks and four hitbatsman gave them enough scoring opportunities.

Korea 11 Canada 7

Don’t know where the strike zone was but it was a mystery to the Canadian pitchers, who walked 14 Koreans. Korean pitcher Been Gwak had no trouble with the strike zone, not walking a single batter in his six innings of work. The bottom of the Korean lineup proved most powerful, bashing three homeruns. Dae-Hyun Cho, Yi Jin-Won and Jang Jun-Hwan each found the bleachers from the 7, 8, and 9 spot in the lineup. The trio combined to drive in 9 of their 11 runs. Cho crossed the plate five times on a 2 for 2 day with three walks. He has scored at least one run in each of his three games.

Canada got a couple homeruns, one from Edouard Julien that drove in three runs and a solo shot from Michael Stovman. For the host Canadians it is their second loss in two games.

Australia 11 Nicaragua 6

The Aussies scored nine runs in the first two innings then hung on for victory. Rixon Wingrove got the damage started with a three run homer in the first. He finished the day with 4 RBIs. Alex Hall drove in two and scored three times on a 3 for 4 day with one walk.

Nicaragua got a couple homeruns from Jose Hurtado and Jeyner Sanchez, both solo shots. Nicaraguan pitchers helped the Aussie cause with 13 bases on balls.

Taiwan 9 Italy 1

The first two hitters in the Taiwan lineup, Hung-Yi Wang and Han-Yu Tseng, each scored three runs to combine for six of the 9 runs scored in the game. Wang went 1 for 3 from the lead off spot with two walks and Tseng went 2 for 4 with one walk. Chih-Jung Liu went 4 for 4 for the day with two runs driven in. The shortstop is now hitting .857 for the tournament with three walks.

Riccardo Bertossi went deep for Italy to account for their only run.

Netherlands 22 South Africa 3

A 14 run first ended this game in five innings, with all 14 runs being unearned. Jeandro Tromp went deep and drove in four runs. Tijmen Takke drove in five with his two doubles. The first seven hitters in the order scored two or more runs.

Day 4

United States 5 South Africa 0

The fact South Africa had this game go 9 innings was an accomplishment. The United States used four different pitchers to combine for the shutout, their third straight for the tournament. The pitching staff has only allowed one runner to cross the plate in their four games. Today the foursome combined for 14 whiffs with Landon Marceaux whiffing five of the six hitters he faced to finish the game. Mohamed Alaoui went the full nine innings for South Africa throwing 118 pitches. He was raised in one of the poorest areas of South Africa (Alexandra Township). Jarred Kelenic hit his second homerun of the tournament, a two run shot in the first inning to give the United States an early 2-0 lead. William Banfield closed the scoring with a solo shot in the ninth.

Australia 4 Taiwan 0

Australia jumped into second place after their shutout of Taiwan. Ky Hampton went all nine innings and though he gave up 11 hits he did not walk a batter (imagine that in what appears to be a walk infested tournament). Taiwan left 10 runners on base. Jacob Amos went deep with a solo shot and Nicholas Anderson-Vine crossed the plate twice to lead the Aussie offense.

Korea 12 Nicaragua 4

Korea continues to score runs in bunches without a lot of hits. They could only accumulate six hits but five walks, three Nicaraguan errors and three hit by pitches contributed to the offense. Korea also continued to get production from the bottom of their lineup with In-Hyok Yi and Jun-Hwan Jang each going deep from the 7th and 9th spots in the order. Yi drove in four runs and Jang has hit homeruns in back to back games.

Japan 3 Netherlands 1

The offense couldn’t click when facing the more advanced Japanese pitching staff, dropping from 22 runs to 1. Fumimaru Taura went four hitless innings in relief, striking out 9 of the 13 hitters he faced. In three relief appearances Taura has only given up two hits and struck out 19 in 9 innings of work.

Donny Breek also pitched well for the Netherlands, shutting out the Japanese bats for the first five innings and not allowing them a hit in the first four. The first two runs against Breek score on a errant pick off throw and a wild pitch. Breek went seven innings, allowing just the four hits and two runs.

Cuba 5 Mexico 1

Mexican pitcher Jorge Sosa walks the first four hitters he faces and is yanked from the game. They all account for a 4-0 lead for Cuba after one inning. Cuban pitcher Yorlian Rodriguez make the runs stand up with seven innings of one run ball allowing just five hits. Rafael Sanchez retires all six hitters he faces to secure the victory. Martin Rodriguez goes seven innings in relief for Mexico, allowing just one unearned run, but all the damage was done in the first.

Italy 5 Canada 3 7th inning

Oh Canada. They are currently in the seventh inning with Italy ripe for an upset. Myworld will give more details on that game for tomorrow, but another loss could eliminate them from advancing to the super round in a tournament they are hosting.

World Cup 18 Under - Day 2 United States Blanks Japan

Sunday, September 3rd, 2017

It seemed a bit early for a big matchup between the United States and Japan. The United States quieted the Japanese bats in a 4-0 shutout. Rains prevented the Canada/Nicaragua and Mexico/South Africa games from being played.

United States 4 Japan 0

A rain delay limited starter Landon Marceaux to one inning of shutout ball where he walked a batter and gave up one hit. Ryan Weathers, an appropriate name after a rain delay, proved up to the task working seven innings of shutout ball. He also walked one and gave up one hit, whiffing 8.

The Japanese started Kento Kawabata and chose to keep him in after the rain delay. He worked 5.2 innings striking out 15. His Achilles heel were the six walks he issued. Walks were not a problem in the top of the second when Jarred Kelenic doubled and Triston Casas buried a pitch over the left field fence. The ball travelled so high it must have tore a hole in the sky because the blast was followed by rainfall and a delay in the game.

Japan could not touch the Weathers while the United States scored two more runs against Kawabata, despite all their swings and misses. They score their third run in the fifth after a whiff/wild pitch allows Michael Siani to reach first. Siani is bunted to second and after another whiff and wild pitch scores Siani from second. Siani drives in the fourth run with a single in the sixth inning.

Cuba 3 Netherlands 0

Netherlands had a couple tough openers. After being routed by the United States 11-1 Cuban pitcher Osvaldo Cardenas blanked them for 6.1 innings. Rafael Sanchez completed the shutout pitching the last 2.2 innings and striking out five of the nine hitters he faced and giving up just one hit.

Cuba had some issues hitting Dutch knuckleball pitcher Luuk Ter Beek in the first four innings. A walk to Yuri Fernandez in the fifth followed by a triple by Roidel Martinez plates the first run. Roidel finishes the game 3 for 3 and drives in the second run with an RBI single in the seventh. The final run scored in the eighth on an error.

Victor Mesa, a player the scouts will be drooling on, made his first out in the tournament. He is now 6 for 7, hitting .857, though he made an error playing defense in centerfield in the second game.

Korea 8 Taiwan 2

Korea won their second game and knocked one of their Asian rivals into the losers bracket. Yang Chang-Seop threw blanks for the first seven innings, allowing just three hits. Korea exploded for five runs in the 9th to take a 8-0 lead. Taiwan scored their two runs in the bottom of the 9th after the game was out of reach.

Choi Hyun-Jun drives in three runs for Korea, one on a sacrifice fly in the third and two by slapping a two run single in the ninth. Han Dong-Hui blasts two doubles, his second double driving in two runs in the 9th. Kang Baek-Ho contributes one hit to the game, a big solo shot in the fourth that gave Korea a 2-0 lead. Choi Jun-Woo batted last in the lineup but that didn’t sway him, as he went 3 for 3 with a double and two runs scored.

Australia 14 Italy 1

After pulling off a big upset of Nicaragua the day before Italy gets blasted by Australia. For Australia it evened their record to 1-1. The game lasted just six innings. Australia romped for 8 runs in the 5th to put the game out of reach. Jacob Green allowed a run in the first inning but recovered, coasting to a six inning complete game victory, scattering six hits.

Australia took advantage of 8 walks and 11 hits to pile on the runs. Alex Hall was a perfect 2 for 2 with two walks, two runs scored, two RBIs and a triple. Jarryd Dale was the big RBI bat with three runs driven in. Nicholas Anderson-Vine scored three times on a 1 for 1 day with two walks and two stolen bases. The Aussies stole six times in the game.

The big game to watch today is Japan versus Cuba. Japan does not want to have two losses so early in the tournament. Canada will play Korea and needs a win against the 2-0 Korea to keep from falling 0-2. Canada was upset in the opener by Taiwan, a team Korea beat on the second day.

World Cup 18 and Under - Day One Not Good for Hosts

Saturday, September 2nd, 2017

The first day of the 18 and under World Cup did not see any real upsets, though Taiwan did beat the host Canada team. The three favorites, the United States, Japan and Cuba romped through their competition.

Taiwan 7 Canada 6

The closest game from the first day. It went 10 innings and under the international rule teams put runners on first and second. Taiwan scored twice and Canada could only tally one. Su Wei-Cheh drove in the go ahead run in the top of the tenth with an RBI single. A second run scored on a ground out by Chui Tan. Canada loaded the bases with no out, scoring a run on a RBI single by Archer Brookman, but a ground out force out at home and two called third strikes ends Canada’s hopes for a win.

Walks were the name of the game with Canada’s pitchers walking 9 and the Taiwan hurlers walking 11. Kuo Tien-Hsin collected three hits to drive in two and Tseng Han-Yu drove in two with his one hit. Canada hit two homeruns, one by Clayton Keyes to drive in two in the opening frame. Keyes was one of the hitters who was caught looking in the tenth with the bases loaded. Archer Brookman hit a solo homerun in the fifth in addition to adding two RBI singles.

Japan 10 Mexico 1

Japan put the game away with a five run seventh. Taisei Inoue had the big hit in the inning with a 3-run homer. Kyota Fujiwara also drove in three runs from the leadoff spot. Soma Tokuyama went seven innings only allowing two hits and the one run.

Italy 4 Nicaragua 2

Italy rocked Nicaragua scoring all their runs in the sixth inning after two were out to claim victory. A critical error that should have been the third out opened the flood gates for Italy. Pitcher Noel Jarquin committed the error allowing the first Italian run to score. A Leonardo Seminati single tied the score and Riccardo Bertossi plated the game winner with a two run triple. Tommaso Battioni shut down the Mexican bats for the last three innings to secure the victory.

Korea 4 Australia 1

Korea was carried by the pitching of Seo Jun-Won, who worked seven innings, allowing just two hits and one unearned run. He struck out eight. Korea scores single runs in the first two frames, the first coming on an RBI double by Kim Jeong-Woo and the second run scoring on a Bae Ji-Hwan single in the second.

United States 11 Netherlands 1

The Netherlands had a brief 1-0 lead after scoring a run in the top of the first. That did not last long when the United States countered with a run of their own in the bottom half. By the second inning the lead was gone and after a five run fifth the game turned into a rout. Jarred Kelenic was a triple short of the cycle, driving in a run with a solo shot and scoring twice. Michael Siani drove in three runs from the leadoff spot, falling a round tripper short of the cycle. The United States team hit five doubles, two triples and one homerun in a barrage of power bats. Ethan Hankins dominated with his arm, allowing just one hit and striking out 13 in his six innings of work. Before the day was out Netherland batters had struck out 15 times.

Cuba 15 South Africa 2

This game lasted just seven innings. Cuba banged out 15 hits with Victor Mesa leading the charge with a 4 for 4 day, allowing him to score three times. Loidel Chapelli was a perfect 3 for 3 with two walks, crossing the plate four times and driving in three runs. Cuba used three different pitchers to cut through the game, but middle pitcher Ubert Mejias was the most impressive striking out five of the six hitters he faced.

Rain could create scheduling problems for the games today.

Little League World Series - Day Three

Sunday, August 20th, 2017

A couple laughers and a couple close games in four elimination games.

Caribbean (Dominican) 8 Australia 7

Australia made a valiant comeback scoring five runs in the last two innings, but still fell short. Edward Triunfel went 3 for 3 with three hits and three RBIs. Australia committed five errors in the game, resulting in two unearned runs scoring for the Dominicans. Australia has now been eliminated from the tourney.

Northwest (Walla Walla) 4 Midwest (Sioux Falls) 3

Caiden Thompson drove in three runs with a two run double in the first inning and an RBI single in the fifth to give the Northwest enough runs to secure a victory. The Midwest rallied for two in the final inning, but just like Australia the runs came up short. Marcus Phillips drove in all the runs for the Midwest with a solo homerun in the first and a two run homer in the sixth. Andrew Hall for the Northwest and Ethan Burns for the Midwest each pitched a complete game in a match that meant elimination for the losing team.

Mexico 13 Europe/Africa (Italy) 0

In another elimination game Italy could not record a hit off four Mexican pitchers. On the flip side Mexican hitters banged around the Italian pitchers for 13 hits and five walks to complete the four inning rout. The top two hitters in the lineup accounted for much of the Mexican offense. Saul Soto, the number two hitter was a perfect 4 for 4 with two doubles, three RBIs and two runs scored. Isaac Miranda drove in a team leading four runs from the leadoff spot, scoring three times on a 2 for 3 day with a double and a homerun. Andre Garza also drove in three runs with a homerun in the second inning.

Mid-Atlantic (Holbrook) 15 Great Lakes (Gross-Point Woods Shore) 5

This game was tied 5-5 after two, but a 9 run fourth inning ended the game early because of the 10 run slaughter rule. Great Lakes was eliminated from the tournament. Chris Cartnick slugged two homeruns and a double to drive in six runs to lead Mid-Atlantic. For Cartnick he now has three homeruns and 8 RBIs in the two games Mid-Atlantic has played. Ryan Kinsman was a perfect 2 for 2 from the leadoff spot with two doubles to drive in three and score twice.

Little League World Series Day One

Thursday, August 17th, 2017

The Little League World Series has completed their first day. Below are the results:

Latin America (Venezuela) 4 Mexico 1

Despite the chaos in Venezuela they were able to send a team to participate in the Little League World Series. Jonney Rosario pitched five innings, allowing just one run and striking out seven in the Venezuelan victory. Juan Faria contributed two RBI singles on a 2 for 3 day to contribute to the win. Andre Garza hit a solo homer for Mexico in the second inning to give them a brief 1-0 lead.

Canada 12 Europe/Africa (Italy) 2

Canada scored 7 in the third, a Chase Marshall grand slam the big hit of the inning. Chase finished the day with 5 RBIs after a solo shot. Robert Orr drove in three runs in a game that went only four innings. Ty Fluet had a perfect 3 for 3 day with three runs scored.

New England 7 Mid Atlantic 6

New England was able to withstand a four run sixth inning to hold off Mid-Atlantic. Tai Mann hit a two run homer in the sixth and Chris Cartnick made it back to back, but New England fell one run short. New England scored in every inning but the fifth, Matthew Vivona one of three players to drive in two runs for New England. He also scored twice.

Southwest 5 Great Lakes 1

Southwest went deep four times with Hunter Ditsworth driving in two with his blast. He also pitched a six inning, one run complete game, striking out eight to get the win. Collin Ross hit two solo shots and Clayton Wigley also added a solo shot. Ditsworth gave up two hits, one of them a solo shot from Will Pfaum in the final inning.

Little League World Series Participants

Saturday, August 12th, 2017

The Little League World Series is around the corner and most of the games have been played to determine the participants. Canada and some of the United States regions have championship games that will be played today to determine the Little League World Series representative.

International

The Asian Pacific Region was played in Korea. The two powers of that area Korea and Taiwan were placed in the same pool. South Korea blasted Taiwan 12-0 and eventually won the pool with Taiwan finishing second. Hong Kong was the winner of the other pool. In the playoffs the championship round found Taiwan playing Korea again. Korea wins 6-1 to advance to the Little League World Series.

Australia had 20 teams battle it out in four different pools. In the end Hills Little League played Swan Hills, two teams without a loss. Hills was the winner 8-4 and will represent Australia in the Little League World Series.

The finals for Canada will be played today between White Rock Little League in British Colombia and Diamond Baseball Little League in Quebec. White Rock is undefeated while Diamond Baseball has lost twice, to Port Arthur Little League in Ontario 9-4 and White Rock 6-5. Diamond Baseball got into the finals beating Port Arthur 8-5.

In the Caribbean tilt the Dominican Republic got upset by Aruba 6-2. That put them in second place in their pool where in the semi-final they had to play an undefeated Puerto Rican team. They downed Puerto Rico 5-4 and then got revenge by beating Aruba in the championship match 8-4 to advance to the Little League World Series.

In the European/Africa division there were no African teams represented in the series. Myworld has to wonder what happened to the feel good story of Uganda from a couple years ago. A number of European teams battled it out with Italy remaining the lone undefeated team with their 12-2 win over a United Kingdom team. The two teams had played earlier in pool play where Italy also won 11-2. A team of American military kids from Germany found the going tough finishing the series 1-2, failing to advance to the playoffs. The UK eliminated baseball powerhouses Netherlands, Spain and Czech Republic as they advanced to the finals. Since no African teams participated in this round the “European/Africa” name was a bit inaccurate.

Japan will be represented by Tokyo Kitasuna. They won the championship game 17-0 and breezed through their four opponents by scores of 53-6.

In the Latin American series it was Colombia Falcon versus Venezuela in the finals. Venezuela had beaten Colombia earlier in pool play 9-2. Colombia Falcon was able to upset a strong Panama team 4-3 to get to the finals. Panama had beaten Colombia Falcon earlier 3-0 and their only loss had been to Venezuela. Guatemala was a surprise to make the semifinals but Venezuela disposed of them 8-3 and then shutout Colombia Falcon 8-0 to make it to the Little League World Series.

Guadalupe Trevino rolled through their competition to represent Mexico in the Little League World Series. They beat a team from Matamoros 3-1 in the championship game.

United States

The Great Lakes will see Hinsdale Little League in Illinois play Gross Points Woods Shore Little League in Michigan. Michigan has a loss to Westside Little League in Ohio, which Illinois beat in the semi-finals to get to the championship. Michigan had to beat Ohio 11-3 to advance to the finals.

The Mid-Atlantic finds Thurmont Little League in Maryland playing Holbrook Little League in New Jersey in the championship game today. Maryland had to beat Upper Providence Little League in Pennsylvania, a team they had lost to earlier to make it to the finals. Their bats were smoking in their 14-4 semi-final win.

The Midwest has Sioux Falls Little League in South Dakota playing Webb City Little League in Missouri in the finals. South Dakota had beaten Missouri earlier 6-5.

New England will see Fairfield American Little League in Connecticut play South Portland American Little League in Maine in the finals. Connecticut beat Maine 8-0 early in the double elimination tournament but Maine pulled out three games in the loser’s bracket to make it to the championship.

The Northwest will see Walla Walla Valley Little League in Washington play La Grande Little League in Oregon in the championship. Oregon had beaten Washington earlier 8-4 to knock them into the loser’s bracket.

The Southeast will be represented by North State Little League in North Carolina who beat Peachtree City National Little League in Georgia 8-6 in the championship. Georgia had lost to Goodlettsville Little League in Tennessee earlier 12-3 but came back in the semifinals to beat them 4-1.

In the Southwest it was an all Texas final with Lufkin Little League representing Texas East beating McAllister Park National Little League representing Texas West 2-1 in the finals. The two had played each other earlier in the tournament with Texas East again beating Texas West 11-10 to knock them into the losers bracket early.

The West will see Santa Margarita Little League in Southern California play against Dixie Little League in Utah in the finals. Utah had been knocked into the loser’s bracket early 14-5 by Hilo Little League in Hawaii but was able to fight through the loser’s bracket and beat Hawaii 12-6 in the semifinal match.

Curacao Wins European Cup

Sunday, June 11th, 2017

Curacao Neptunus downed Unipol Bologna 7-3 taking advantage of two outfield errors in a four run seventh to break a 2-2 tie. Gianison Boekhoudt drove in two runs in the inning with a single. Boekhoudt was voted the MVP for the tournament.

Christian Diaz strung together three hits and Shaldimar Daantji powered a solo homerun in the eighth to assist in the victory. Berry Van Driel pitched the last 2.2 innings to earn the save.

San Marino beat L&D Amsterdam by the same 7-3 score to earn third place. Nick Urbanus drove in all three runs for L&D in the loss. For San Marino they had five different players drive in runs with Duran Epifano and Mario Chiarini scoring twice to lead the offense.

The host Buchbinder was relegated to the second tier after losing to Mainz Athletics 4-3. The Athletics used a couple two run homers, Kevin Kotowski in the third and Max Boldt in the sixth to provide them with all the runs they needed. Buchbinder did have the tying run thrown out at home in the bottom of the ninth on a failed bunt attempt.

The Rouen Huskies and A.S.D. Rimini finished in a tie for fifth place.