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Little League World Series - Day 4 Welomes Major Leaguers

Sunday, August 20th, 2017

The Little Leaguers got a real treat when major league baseball played a game between the Pittsburgh Pirates against the St. Louis Cardinals at Williamsport Bowman Field. The stadium only holds 2,500 but that did not stunt the enthusiasm in Williamsport as major leaguers attended games, bought a couple hundred snow cones for the players and made their presence known. It was also a good opportunity for the major leaguers to watch some good games. None of the eight teams who played today had lost.

Canada 7 Latin America (Venezuela) 3

All the runs were scored in the first three innings. Reid Hefflick and Nathaniel Factor each hit three run homeruns to lead Canada. Reece Usselman pitched the last the last 2.1 innings without allowing a run to clinch the game for Canada. Jonney Rosario hit a two run homerun for Venezuela and Daniel Acurero shut out Canada for the last 3.2 innings, striking out six.

Southwest (Lufkin) 6 New England (Fairfield) 3

Christian Mumphery went deep twice to drive in three runs to lead the Southwest to the win. Collin Ross pitched all six innings for the win, striking out eight. He also drove in one run.

Japan 4 Asia Pacific (Korea) 1

Japan got six solid innings from Riku Goto to lead Japan to victory. He gave up just one run and struck out seven. Natsuki Yajima collected two hits, driving in one run and scoring one run. Keitaro Miyhara scored twice.

Southeast (North State) 16 West (Santa Margarita)0

Both teams won their previous games by shutouts. Southeast continued their shutout streak with their second straight no hitter of the tourney. The West is wondering when the nightmare is over. The Southeast scored 9 runs in the fifth inning to end the game early. Chase Anderson and Matthew Matthigs again combined for a no hitter. Carson Hardee hit a grand slam and drove in five runs on the offensive side.

Liitle League World Series Day 2 - A Combined Perfect Game

Saturday, August 19th, 2017

There was a combined perfect game on the second day of the Little League World Series. Japan appears to be the team to beat, based on what myworld sees from the results.

Japan 8 Australia 0

Japan cruised past the Aussies. Japan used four different pitchers to pitch the shutout, giving up only two hits. Combined the Japanese pitchers whiffed 10. The Japanese scored a run in all five innings they batted, with a four run fifth putting the game out of reach. Keitaro Miyahara led the offense with three hits. Five wild pitches and two errors resulted in four runs scoring for Japan.

West (Santa Margarita) 9 Northwest (Walla Walla Valley) 0

Bobby Gray was two outs away from pitching a complete game no hit shutout, but had to yield to Bryan Ramirez to get the last two outs after giving up a one out single. Joey Gray hit a grand slam in the first to give the West an early lead. He finished 2 for 2 with a walk and five RBIs. Drew Rutter crossed the plate three times.

Korea (Asia Pacific) 10 Dominican Republic (Caribbean) 1

Korea spanked the Dominicans, slugging four homeruns. Jin-Won Shin powered two homeruns, driving in four and scoring three times He also doubled. Ye-Joon Khym and Dong-Heon Kim also went deep. Khym went a perfect 3 for 3 and scored four runs.

South East (Greenville) 6 Midwest (Sioux Falls) 0

Three different pitchers, Chase Anderson, Matthew Matthijis and Carson Hardee combined for a perfect game no hitter. Anderson worked three innings, striking out four of the 10 whiffs on the day. Matthijis struck out five in his 2.2 innings of work. Drew Fields and Ashton Byars each drove in two runs to lead the Greenville offense.

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.

2017 World Cup Under 12 All Tournament Team and Other Deserving Players

Monday, August 7th, 2017

Below are some of the awards that were given out to players for their performance in the 12 and under World Cup. These awards were normally handed out to players who performed on winning teams. Below the all tournament team myworld lists some other players who performed well in the tournament.

All Tournament Team

MVP Kai Caranto (United States) - .391 average, 2 homeruns and 17 RBIs with 9 stolen bases

Top Hitter Reiji Toi (Japan) - .706, 1, 7 with 7 stolen bases

Top Pitcher - Chia-Cheng Chao (Taiwan) - 2-0, 0.69 with 15 K’s

Top Defensive Player - Pai Chen An (Taiwan) - .556, 5, 14

Starting Pitcher - Chao Chia Cheng (Taiwan) - 2-0, 0.69 with 15 K’s
Relief Pitcher - Joshua Atomanczyk (United States) - .381, 5, 12, 2-0, 1.24 ERA
Catcher - Pai Chen An (Taiwan) - .556, 5, 14
First Base - Raffaele Velazquez (United States) - .455, 1, 8
Second Base - Cesar Monjeras (Mexico) - .393, 3, 15 with 11 runs scored
Third Base - Chan-Seo Lee (Korea) - .385, 0, 4
Shortstop - Kai Caranto (United States) - .391, 2, 17, 9 stolen bases
Outfield - Adan Sanchez (Panama) - .750, 4, 7 with 15 runs scored
Jose Tirado (Mexico) - .654, 5, 15 with 13 runs scored
Toi (Japan) - .706, 1, 7 with 7 stolen bases

Other Players to Recognize

United States

Benjamin Reiland - .643, 1, 9 with 16 runs scored and 9 stolen bases
Spencer Butt - .600, 1, 3 with 6 stolen bases
Brad Burnes - .391, 2, 9 with 10 runs scored and 11 stolen bases
Brandon Olivera - 1-0, 1.71

Taiwan

Yi-Lei Sun - .524, 2, 5 with 11 runs scored and 9 stolen bases
Yu-En Chien - .467, 2, 6 with 13 runs scored and 8 stolen bases
Yi-Cheng Yang - .444, 2, 10 with 14 runs scored and 10 stolen bases
Shuo-Heng Han - 1-0, 0.75 with 15 K’s, .409, 4, 12 with 11 runs scored
Sheng-Wei Yang - 1-0, 1.06

Mexico

Juan Saldana - .450, 2, 9
Antonis Macias - .417, 2, 8 with 13 runs scored
Juan Hernandez - 4-0, 1.32

Japan

Koki Yamaguchi - .563, 1, 9
Daisuke Mori - .348, 2, 7 with 13 runs scored and 7 stolen bases

Korea

Jeong-Gyu Woo - .474, 0, 3
Seong-Mu Jang - .444, 0, 6

Nicaragua

Bryant Machado - .417, 1, 7 with 8 runs scored

Panama

Dimas Oda - .529, 0, 4 with 5 doubles
Emanuel Villarreal - 2-0, 1.44 12 K’s

Czech Republic

Lukas Hurta - .450, 1, 4 with 4 doubles

Brazil

Gabriel Ota - .412, 0, 5

Australia

David Hyde - .409, 0, 5, 1-1, 1.33

Russia

Jared Riffel - .417, 2, 5

Germany

Kilian Redle - .333, 1, 3

Under 12 World Cup - Gold Medal Participants Decided

Saturday, August 5th, 2017

The United States will get their rematch against Taiwan in the gold medal match after disposing of a tough Mexico team. Japan will battle with Mexico for the bronze.

United States 12 Mexico 10

The two teams combined for 11 runs in the fourth inning, with the United States scoring six. The United States showed some speed on the bases with eight stolen bases, Benjamin Reiland accounting for four of them in a 4 for 4 day with three runs scored. Joshua Atomanczyk did not go deep but the Mexican pitchers were cautious with him. He walked twice, stole two bases on a 2 for 2 day with a double, two runs scored and two RBIs. Kai Caranto only got one hit but it was a big one, a three run shot in the fourth. Kai added a sacrifice fly to drive in four for the game. Kai also struck out the last two batters with two runners on in the sixth to close out the game. Spencer Butt also went deep for the United States.

Juan Tirado and Alan Nava went deep for Mexico. Nava had a big three run blast in the five run fourth that had put Mexico up 8-5.

Japan 6 Korea 5

The two teams remained scoreless the first four innings. Korea surprised Japan with a five run outburst in the top of the fifth. Japan took advantage of two fielding errors by Korea to score four. Three walks in the bottom of the sixth set the stage for Koki Yamaguchi, who doubled over the head of the centerfielder to score two runners and end the game. It was his second double of the game. His double in the fifth also plated a runner to give him three RBIs for the day.

Seung-Won Ji corralled three hits on the day for Korea. Reiji Toi was a perfect 3 for 3 for Japan.

Taiwan 9 Nicaragua 1

The Taiwan bats have been explosive in the super round with 10 homeruns in two games. There were no homeruns in this game but Taiwan took advantage of eight walks and three errors to ride over Nicaragua. They used their speed to steal five bases with Yi-Lei Sun accounting for three. Sun scored twice as did Shuo-Heng Han and Chen-An Pai. Pai did not have an official at bat, walking once and being hit by a pitch twice.

Bernadina Hits for Cycle

Friday, August 4th, 2017

Roger Bernadina has had a good first season in the KBO. He has led the Kia Tigers to their current first place standing, initially hitting leadoff but currently hitting normally in the three spot. He is currently hitting .322 with 20 homers and 76 RBIs. His 21 stolen already make him a 20/20 player.

On Thursday he did something only two other foreign players have accomplished in the KBO, hit for the cycle. Manny Martinez was the first who did it in 2001 while playing for the Samsung Lions. Eric Thames, who is now finding success with the Milwaukee Brewers, hit for the cycle twice in 2015 for the NC Dinos. Now you can add Bernadina to that list.

His first hit was for a triple, the back end of back to back triples that gave the Kia Tigers a 1-0 lead. A sacrifice fly drove him in to make it 2-0. In the third inning he turned a single into a two out hustle double but was left stranded at third base. His one out single in the fifth again left him stranded at third. He led off the eighth with a lead off homerun, the last of the Tiger scoring in a 9-3 win.

Under 12 World Cup - Playoffs Day 2 Expect the Unexpected

Friday, August 4th, 2017

The United States bounced back after their thrashing by Taiwan to beat Japan. Nicaragua upset the powerful Mexican team. The only team consistent in this world cup was the play of Taiwan as their bats stayed hot and their pitching continued its dominance in their win over Korea.

United States 6 Japan 3

The United States team bounced back after their ugly loss to Taiwan or perhaps it was Joshua Atomanczyk who bounced back. Joshua slugged two homeruns and drove in five of the United States six runs in beating Japan. He also was the starting pitcher going 5.1 innings. Three United States errors allowed two of the three runs to score against him to be unearned. Leadoff hitter Benjamin Reiland was on base both times Joshua went deep and scored a third run on a Raffaele Velazquez single. Daisuke Mori hit a solo shot for Japan.

Nicaragua 9 Mexico 7

Nicaragua exploded for six runs in the fourth inning to upset Mexico. Tito Martinez had the big hit with a bases clearing three run double to give Nicaragua a lead they would not relinquish. Mexico did bring the go ahead run to the plate in the sixth and last inning but Bryant Macado was able to retire him on a fly out to secure the win. Cesar Monjares carried the big bat for Mexico on a 2 for 2 day with a homerun, hit by pitch, sacrifice fly and four RBIs.

Taiwan 11 Korea 1

Korea had a brief 1-0 lead after two. Then the big bats of Taiwan repeated what they did against the United States with five homeruns. For his fourth consecutive game Shuo-Heng Han parked a pitch over the fence. Yi-Wei Tseng, Chen-An Pan, Yi-Lei Sun and Shu-Wei Kuo all hit homeruns for Taiwan. Kuo led the team with three RBIs, including a two run homer. All the other homers were solo shots. Sheng-Wei Yang worked four innings to earn the victory, allowing just the one run in the opening frame.

The standings that also include the won loss records of the teams in the super round:

Taiwan 3-1, United States 3-1, Japan 2-2, Mexico 2-2, Nicaragua 1-3, Korea 1-3

Under 12 World Cups - Playoffs Day 1

Thursday, August 3rd, 2017

Japan beat Brazil as expected to advance as the top team in their bracket, pitting them against Nicaragua. That put Mexico against the other Asian super power Korea and the United States against Taiwan. The big surprise of the playoffs is how easily Taiwan destroyed the two time defending champs, who entered the playoffs as the only undefeated team. The teams from Group A swept the teams from Group B in the opening of the super round showing at least initially who was the better group.

Japan 15 Brazil 0

Japan clinched the top spot for Group A combining 9 walks and 11 hits to plate 15 baserunners. Daisuke Mori hit a solo homerun and Kota Yonezawa drove in four to lead the Japanese offense. Kota Kato pitched three innings of one hit shutout ball. Japan ended the game in four after an 8 run outburst.

Taiwan 16 United States 2

Some days it doesn’t pay to wake up to face the day. The United States players may be thinking that after the thrashing they took from Taiwan. Taiwan put the game away with 13 runs in the last two innings to end the game in five innings against the two time defending champs. Five different players went deep for Taiwan, the first four hitters in their lineup being included in that group. Yi-Cheng Yang, Yu-En Chien, Shuo-Heng Han, Chen-An Pai and Shu-Wei Kuo all cleared the fence for Taiwan. For Han it was the third consecutive game in which he has gone deep. His grand slam in the fourth ignited a 7 run inning turning a 3-2 Japanese lead into 10-2. Han added a sacrifice fly in the six run fifth inning to finish the game with five RBIs. Yi-Wei Tseng pitched 3.2 innings of shutout relief to get the win. The United States got a solo homerun from Daniel Arambula and a 3 for 3 performance from Benjamin Reiland but they were outmuscled by the Taiwan bats.

Japan 10 Nicaragua 0

The Japanese pitching staff was too much for the Nicaraguan bats. Yuto Minamizawa got the start and tossed three innings of no hit shutout ball, striking out five. Tatsuya Kato worked the last two innings, giving up the lone hit by Nicaragua. Minamizawa helped himself on the mound with a 2 for 3 day with two runs driven in and two runs scored.

Mexico 7 Korea 2

Mexico got some of their mojo back with their win over Korea. Juan Tirado led the charge with a homerun on a 3 for 3 day with three runs scored and one RBI. Juan Saldana drove in three runs on his two hits to lead the team in production. Alan Nava scored twice and drove in two runs on a 2 for 4 day.

12 and Under World Cup - Day 5 Japan Recovers

Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017

After being upset by Mexico on the second day Japan has bounced back handing host Taiwan their first loss and beating Russia 31-0. Taiwan smoked Mexico to create a two way tie for first with Japan just a half game back with a makeup to play against Brazil in a game they are winning 5-0. The United States remained the only undefeated team in the tournament by blasting Germany.

Japan 7 Taiwan 5

Taiwan pitchers had gone the whole tournament without giving up a run, just coming off a 10-0 shutout earlier in the day against the powerful bats of Mexico. They had Japan shutout for the first four innings, ahead 4-0 when the Japan bats broke out of their slumber and assaulted the Taiwan pitching staff for seven runs in the last two innings. Koki Yamaguchi put a charge into the Japanese offense by blasting a 3-run homer in the top of the fifth to close the gap to one run. A wild pitch broke a 4-4 tie in the sixth but with Yamaguchi at the plate the pitcher may have been a bit nervous. Yamaguchi followed the wild pitch with an RBI single to advance the score to 6-4. Taiwan put runners on first and third with two out in their last at bats but Yu-en Chien grounded out to short to end the game. Taiwan got a solo homerun from Shuo-Heng Han, his second of the day.

Taiwan 10 Mexico 0

Coming into this game Taiwan pitchers had yet to give up a hit. Small consolation for Mexico but they got four hits, but none of their players crossed the plate. The power bats of Antonis Macias, Juan Tirado and Cesar Monjaras were a combined 1 for 6, with Tirado getting the only hit. Shuo-Heng Han worked the first 3.1 innings allowing just one hit and striking out six. The game ended after the top of the fifth when Mexico could not score a run. Han helped his cause with a homerun and three RBIs on a 2 for 3 day with three runs scored. The Taiwan lineup put a lot of pressure on the Mexican catcher, stealing 8 bases and also walking 9 times.

Mexico 8 Brazil 7

Mexico got a little complacent after their tough loss to Taiwan. Leading 7-2 they allowed Brazil to score five runs in the last three innings to tie the game. Mexico won it in the seventh when Brazil could not score after loading the bases with no outs. Juan Hernandez struck out the next two hitters and got a ground out to end the threat. Mexico got a one out walk off single from Daniel Garza to end the game. Mexico got a homerun and two RBIs from Jose Tirado, his feverish bat blasting his third homerun of the tournament. Juan Saldana also hit a homerun for Mexico. Brazil got a solo shot from Gabriel Deangelo.

United States 20 Germany 3

The United States slugged three homeruns, pieced together 16 hits with seven walks and blasted Germany. Joshua Atomanczyk bashed his third homer of the tournament and his replacement in the game Carl Rice also went deep. Trent Abel also went deep, finishing the game 4 for 4 with four RBIs and four runs scored. Gregory Pierantoni also contributed four RBIs.

Japan 31 Russia 0

This was the first game for Japan with an evening affair against undefeated Taiwan to follow. Russia remains the only team that has yet to score a run. Japan scored their 31 runs in three at bats, an 18 run third putting the game out of reach. As a team they stole 16 bases. Kota Yonezawa had a perfect 5 for 5 day with four RBIs and four runs scored. Every player in the Japanese lineup crossed the plate at least once and drove in at least one run.

Korea 5 Nicaragua 1

Korea needed the win to put them in the playoffs. Jin-Jung Lee hit a solo shot and Seung-Won Ji pitched 3.2 innings of shutout ball. The win put Korea and Nicaragua into a second place tie with Panama. Korea and Nicaragua advanced because of their team quality balance.

Panama 15 Australia 2

Panama banged out 16 hits in their rout of Australia. Adan Sanchez and Omar Reluz each scored three times to lead the offense. Even though the win put them in a second place tie with Korea and Nicaragua their team quality balance was not good enough to advance them to the playoffs.

12 and Under World Cup - Day 4 Play Returns

Tuesday, August 1st, 2017

The tsunami or storm has passed. Most of the teams were able to get their games in. The big game between Taiwan and Mexico was one of the two games postponed. That gives Taiwan two big games they have to make up tomorrow, one against Japan and the other against Mexico. Japan had their game against Brazil postponed after three innings with Japan leading 5-0. Four teams will play double headers tomorrow (Taiwan, Mexico, Japan and Brazil). In the games played there were no big upsets.

Nicaragua 10 Australia 4

Nicaragua enhanced their chance of making it to the playoffs improving their record to 3-1. Australia dropped to 1-3 with their loss. A six run fourth inning proved to be the difference in the game with Bryant Machado slashing a two run single and Jeral Bravo powering a two run homer to contribute to the inning. Machado closed out the scoring with a two run homerun in the sixth to finish the game with a team leading four RBIs. Leadoff hitter Jarold Montealto went 3 for 3 with a walk and three runs scored. The Aussies banged out 10 hits, one shy of Nicaragua, but they failed to plate many of their opportunities.

United States 7 Panama 3

Panama can take consolation they were not blown out by the United States team. Their record dropped to 2-2 with the loss while the United States improved to 4-0. Joshua Atomanczyk pitched the four middle innings, allowing just one run on one hit. Adan Sanchez got the start for Panama and was just a little wild, walking six, with three wild pitches and two hit batters. Benjamin Reiland was the offensive hero, going 2 for 2 with two RBIs, two runs scored and two walks. Raffaele Velazquez also had a perfect day, finishing 3 for 3 with two RBIs, one run scored and a walk.

Korea 7 Germany 2

Korea improved to 2-2 while Germany remained one of the two winless teams in the tournament, dropping to 0-4. Germany actually had a 1-0 lead after three innings but Korea pounced in the last two innings for seven runs. Germany committed five errors in the game, one contributing to the first Korean run and another error allowing the go ahead run to score in the bottom of the fifth to break a 2-2 tie. Korea would score two more runs in the five run fifth on another error and a balk.

Czech Republic 10 Russia 0

Russia has still not scored a run this tournament and the Czech Republic improved to 2-3, which will probably find them fall short of a playoff spot. Filip Votava got the win, pitching the last 2.1 innings and striking out six of the seven hitters he faced. Jakub Winkler drove in three runs on a 2 for 2 day, walking twice and stealing a base.