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Little League World Series - Day 4

Monday, August 19th, 2019

The Little Leaguers got to see the Cubs beat the Pirates in a Sunday night baseball game. These games were winner bracket games, with the losing team dropping down to the loser’s bracket. Prior to the Pirate/Cub game the below games were played.

Asia (Korea) 4 Caribbean (Curacao) 0

Korea used the duo of Su-Ho Yang and Jin-Won Na to each work three innings of shutout ball, holding the Curacao team to just one hit. Combined the two struck out 12 batters in six innings of work, each striking out six. Yang walked two and Na gave up the lone hit. Na also hit leadoff and scored twice with a walk, single and hit by pitch. Korea put the game away in the fifth with three runs, taking advantage of two errors, two walks and a hit by pitch scoring their three runs with the benefit of just one hit. Curacao drops to the loser bracket.

Japan 5 Mexico 0

The Japanese pitchers threw their second shutout of the World Series, dropping Mexico into the loser’s bracket. Yuto Kakeba got the start and pitched 3.1 innings, striking out six. In his first appearance he pitched one inning of relief and struck out all three hitters he faced. Kakeba also came through with the bat whacking a solo homerun to lead off the second to give Japan their first run. He was the only position player with two hits. Japan put the game away with four runs in the third, taking advantage of Mexico’s only two errors in the game.

Southeast (Loudoun County, Virginia) 11 Midwest (Coon Rapids, Minnesota) 0

Virginia only needed three innings to score their 11 runs. Justin Lee pitched four innings of shutout ball and the game ended after Minnesota could not score in the fourth. Liam Thyen drove in five runs with just one hit. He doubled, walked and hit a sacrifice fly. Colton Hicks drove in three runs and scored twice. He also doubled. Maddy Freking, the first female player to play in the Little League World Series since Mo’ne Davis in 2014 went hitless in her lone at bat. She also got to pitch one inning and gave up three runs. She normally plays second base. For the tournament she is 0 for 2 with one strikeout, two errors and one inning of pitching, giving up three runs.

Little League World Series Update Day Two

Saturday, August 17th, 2019

There were a full slate of games yesterday because of the cancelled games on Thursday. Below is a summary of the games, with the International games first.

Asia (Korea) 10 Latin America (Venezuela) 3

Korea overcame an early 2-1 Venezuelan lead to score three runs each in the third to fifth innings to pull away. Ji-Won Na was the big bat, driving in five runs with a three run homer in the fifth and a two run triple in the fourth. He also scored the go ahead run in the top of the third on a Min-Wook Park triple. Gib-Eom Jung got the last seven outs without giving up a run to pick up the win.

Japan 20 Europe (Italy) 0

Japan exploded for 14 in the fifth to put the game away after five. Yuto Misake and Yuta Kakeba each drove in five runs for Japan. Misake hit a grand slam homerun in the 14 run fifth. Taishi Kawaguchi had a 3 for 4 day with a solo homerun. Ritsu Nishikawa allowed the only two hits in his three innings of work. The three Japanese pitchers combined for 10 whiffs, with relievers Yuto Kakeba and Yuto Misake striking out all six hitters they faced in their one inning of work.

Mexico 5 Canada 0

Four Canadian errors allowed four unearned runs to score, but all Santiago Leija needed was the one earned run to beat Canada. Santiago worked all six innings, striking out 11 and allowing just two hits. Mexico also managed just two hits in the game, but five walks and four errors helped them with the win.

Southeast Region (Loudoun County, Virginia) 3 New England Region (Barrington, Rhode Island) 0

Three different Loudoun County pitchers no hit Barrington through six innings, striking out nine. Brady Yates had a two run homer in the three run fifth to give Loudoun County all the runs they required.

Midwest (Coon Rapids, Minnesota) 2 Great Lakes (Bowling Green, Kentucky) 1

Tyler Phillips had an RBI triple in the second and scored on a wild pitch with two outs to give Coon Rapids the win. Coon Rapids won despite committing four errors. Carson Timm got out of a two out two on situation in the fifth and retired Bowling Green in order in the sixth to secure the win.

West (Wailuku, Hawaii) 5 Southwest (River Ridge, Louisiana) 2

Hawaii erupted for four runs in the first and held on to get their opening day victory. Duke Aloy had a big two run single to finish off the four run first. Jaren Pascual went all six innings to get the win. Louisiana scattered nine hits off him but stranded 10 runners on base.

Mid Atlantic (Elizabeth, New Jersey) 6 Northwest (Salem, Oregon) 2

Elizabeth rallied for five runs in the top of the fifth to overcome a 2-1 deficit and bring home a victory. Jayden Capindica got the clutch two run single with the bases loaded to give Elizabeth a 3-2 lead.

Little League World Series Participants

Thursday, August 8th, 2019

Most of the International regionals have been completed except for Canada. The United States regionals are in process. Below are the Little League World Series participants.

Asia - Korea (Chung Nam) beat Taiwan (Ten Shan) 7-2 to qualify for the Little League World Series.

Australia - Cronulla beat Ryde Red 5-2 to represent Australia in the Little League World Series.

Caribbean - The two teams from the host country Curacao battled it out to see who would advance. Curacao A (Pabao) defeated Curacao B (Pariba) 8-3 to advance to Williamsport.

Europe/Africa - Italy (Emilia Romagna) won a 1-0 pitcher’s duel over the Netherlands (Amsterdam) to advance to the Little League World Series. There was no African representative competing in this qualifier.

Japan - Choufu shutout Ushiku 8-0 to advance to Williamsport.

Latin America - Venezuela (Cacique Mara) shutout Panama (David Doleguita) 2-0 to advance to the Little League World Series. Kudos to major leaguers Eduardo Rodriguez and Jhoulys Chacin, who according to La Vida are providing financial assistance to the Little Leaguers to make the trip.

Mexico - Mala Torres defeated Matamoros 3-1 to represent Mexico in the Little League World Series in August.

Awards for the Under 12 World Cup

Monday, August 5th, 2019

Below are the awards issued for the Under 12 World Cup.

MVP - Chen Kai-Sheng (Taiwan) - .471 batting average, 3-0, 1.32 ERA

The All World Team:

Catcher - Shinsuke Kuwamoto (Japan) - .625, 11 RBIs and six doubles
First Base - Christian Saez (Cuba) - .522, 10 runs scored, 14 RBIs and four homeruns
Second Base - Kazuki Takahata (Japan) - .571
Shortstop - Johan Rodriguez (Cuba) - .483, 12 runs scored and six doubles
Third Base - Huang Tien-Szu (Taiwan) - .567, 14 runs scored, 21 RBIs and three triples
Left Field - Chiang Tsung-Chun (Taiwan) - .552, 15 runs scored, 11 RBIs and seven stolen bases
Center Field - Alejandro Prieto (Cuba) - .583, 14 runs scored, 11 RBIs, seven stolen bases and six doubles
Right Field - Tae-Ho Lee (Korea) - .455, 11 RBIs and six stolen bases
Designated Hitter - Leonel Dominguez (Venezuela) - .550, 13 RBIs and six homeruns

Starting Pitcher - Chen Kai-Sheng (Taiwan)
Relief Pitcher - Sakumi Aoki (Japan) - 2-1, 0.69

The most outstanding defensive player was Rui Akazawa (Japan)

Taiwan Under 12 World Champion

Sunday, August 4th, 2019

In the first Under 12 World Championship Taiwan was the winner but the United States did not participate. In the next three events the United States participated and Taiwan took second. It may have been better for Taiwan to have beaten the United States for the World Championship, but beating Japan was a second best option. The United States team failed to qualify for the Super Round eliminating their opportunity to defend their championship.

Taiwan relied on Kai-Sheng Chen to pitch five innings of three hit shutout ball before turning it over to Cheng-Yu Lin to close the game out in the final frame. Chen also showed some mastery with the bat hitting a solo homerun in the top of the sixth to close out the scoring for Taiwan. He finished the game with two hits and two runs scored.

Taiwan scored their first runs in the third on RBI singles from Tien-Szu Huang and Ting-Yi Jiang. Hung-Jen Yeh contributed a sacrifice fly in the fourth inning.

Japan’s best opportunity for scoring came in the fifth when two singles and a stolen base put runners on second and third with two out. Chen was able to get the strikeout to end the inning. In the fifth two Taiwan errors put runners on second and third with one out. Chen was up to the task again getting out of the inning with two whiffs. He finished the game with five strikeouts.

After the win the blue ticker tape that can trap you like a spider’s web rained down upon the crowd.

Cuba 2 Korea 1

Cuba came on strong at the end and beat Korea for a second time to take the bronze. A two run homerun by Christian Saez in the first were the only runs Cuba needed to get the victory. Alejandro Prieto pitched 5.1 innings of one run ball to get the win. An error in the third, two stolen bases and a wild pitch resulted in Korea’s only run. Cuba called on Boris Sarduy to get the last two outs in the sixth inning.

For Cuba it is their first medal in the under 12 since 2011 when they finished second. For Japan the silver medal finish was their highest placement. In 2013 they took the bronze medal. Mexico, Venezuela and Nicaragua are other bronze winners.

Taiwan and Japan to Play in Under 12 Championship

Saturday, August 3rd, 2019

Japan and Taiwan advance to the championship. Cuba got hot late, winning their last four games, but their two early losses against Japan and Taiwan eliminated them. As expected, three time champion United States won the lower round. They were upset by Venezuela and Mexico to be left out of the Super Round.

Cuba 10 Korea 8

Cuba rallied for six runs in the last two innings, while Korea could only score two runs to pull out the win and ultimately eliminate Korea from the finals. Christian Saez clubbed a big two run homer in the third but his biggest hit was his two run single in the sixth that broke a 7-7 tie. He finished the game going 4 for 4 with three runs scored and four runs driven in. Alejandro Pena scored three times for Cuba on a 2 for 3 day with one walk.

Japan 8 Korea 7

Both teams were tied at 5-5 after regulation. Korea scored two runs in the seventh after an error. The Korean bullpen was unable to retire a Japanese hitter in the home half and went on to win it. Shinsuke Kuwamoto drove in three runs for Japan to be the hitting star. Their big bat Shosei Takahashi pitched a scoreless sixth and drove in two runs in the seventh inning to tie the game. He ended up scoring the game winning run.

Taiwan 14 Venezuela 6

The home plate umpire was from Korea so the 9 walks by Venezuelan pitchers could not be blamed on home umpiring. Taiwan scored all their runs in two innings, the third and fourth, while Venezuela took an early 6-0 lead scoring three each in the first and second innings. Hung-Jen Yeh drove in three runs from the lead off spot with a three run double in the fourth while Chen-An Kuo drove in three runs in the third with a three run homer. Yan-Chang Yu was able to quiet the Venezuelan bats, pitching four shutout innings while striking out nine.

Mexico 8 Japan 3

Once Japan had defeated Korea they had already qualified for the championship. Mexico was playing against bench players and scored all eight of their runs in the last three innings to earn the victory, taking advantage of the Japanese bullpen.

The United States crushed Czech Republic 15-0 and then beat South Africa 18-0 to win the lessor round. Czech Republic was limited to one hit in their game while South Africa could not get a hit against United States pitching.

Cuba and Korea will battle for third place in a rematch of yesterday’s game. Japan and Taiwan will play for the championship.

Super Round Day 2 World Cup Under 12

Friday, August 2nd, 2019

Cuba and Taiwan keep winning but for Cuba it may be too late to play in the championship with two losses. Two teams have to be upset for that to happen and then they have to win the tie breaker. The big game Korea and Japan got rained out after three innings but Korea was pulling the upset, with a 4-1 lead. Japan does not have a loss while both Korea and Taiwan have one loss. It could turn into a three way tie for first or a three way tie for second where one or two teams could be eliminated by a tie breaker.

Cuba 5 Venezuela 4

Venezuela pitchers got a bit wild with four walks (one intentionally to load the bases) to allow the winning run to walk in for the game winner in the bottom of the sixth. In the second Venezuelan pitchers walked the first two hitters they faced and both scored on a Yeison Acosta double. Another walk in the fifth scored after a two run single by Alejandro Prieto. Venezuela pitchers walked seven and four scored.

Leonel Dominguez of Venezuela woke from his slumber. Leonel hit homeruns in four of his first five at bats in his first two games, but the bat has been relatively quiet since. He woke up a bit yesterday with a two run shot in the first and a solo bomb in the sixth that tied the game at 4-4. Johan Fernandez also went deep for Venezuela in the fourth.

Johan Rodriguez went the full six innings for Cuba to get the win. He also drew the final walk that forced in the game winning run.

Taiwan 11 Mexico 1

Taiwan knocked Mexico out of championship considerations. A nine run fourth fueled by three walks and two hit by pitches put the game out of reach. Yi-Rui Wu smoked a two run double and Kai-Sheng Chen smacked a two run single to contribute the big hits in the fifth inning. Chen-An Kuo pitched a complete game to get the win.

The lower round had the two second round leaders the United States and the Czech Republic squaring off. The United States had an 11-0 lead in the game after two when the rains came. The game will resume today with the United States ahead 11-0.

Under 12 World Cup - Day One of Super Round - Korea Upset

Thursday, August 1st, 2019

All the teams in the super round got the day off except Korea. They had to make up a rain out from earlier in pool play, even though the results of the game meant nothing. Perhaps they were a bit tired on the first day of the Super Round as Taiwan pulled an upset. Most of the games in the Super Round will be more competitive.

Taiwan 9 Korea 3

Taiwan scored six in the first and had an 8-0 lead after two. In a six inning game that was too much for Korea to overcome. Tien-Szu Huang had a perfect 3 for 3 day for Taiwan, crossing the plate three times. Huang is now hitting .667 for the tournament with 11 runs scored. He was limited to just one RBI, giving him 18 for the tournament, driving in at least one run in five of the six games Taiwan has played.

Japan 4 Venezuela 1

Japan tamed the big bats of Venezuela. Five different pitchers were used to limit the Venezuelans to three hits. The Japanese pitchers combined for 10 strikeouts. Haru Kataoka got the big hit for Japan, driving in three in the second with his single.

Cuba 10 Mexico 0

Cuba disposed of Mexico pretty quickly, scoring runs in five of the six innings to seal the victory. Alejandro Prieto threw four shutout innings to claim the victory. Cuba got some big hits from Christian Saez, who finished the game 4 for 4 with a double and a homerun to drive in five of the ten Cuban runs.

In the lower grouping Australia won their first game beating South Africa 7-4. In the battle for Europe the Czech Republic prevailed with their 8-1 win over Italy. The United States did not have any trouble over Fiji, taking advantage of 10 walks and seven errors to win 28-0.

Standings of the Super Round After the first day of games. The top two teams will play for the championship.

Japan 3-0, Taiwan 2-1, Korea 2-1, Cuba 1-2, Mexico 1-2, Venezuela 0-3

United States Downs Korea in 12 and Under World Cup

Thursday, August 1st, 2019

The game did not mean much to Korea since they had already qualified for the Super Round and any loss would not be transferred. For the three time champs it was saving face. The United States pulled the game out in extra innings 12-11, Dillon Adkins going 3 for 3 with four RBIs and two homeruns. His single in the seventh drove in the United States first of four runs in the seventh. Korea left the tying run on second.

Yong-Jae Lee was the big bat for Korea with three RBIs and a homerun. Jae-Jun Lee also homered for Korea. Korea threw seven different pitchers in the game.

The United States goes down to the second bracket where they are expected to win. Korea will play in the Super Round where only them and Japan enter undefeated (2-0).

Under 12 World Cup Day Five - Final Six Super Rounders Established

Tuesday, July 30th, 2019

There will be a new champion. The three time defending champs were beaten by Mexico, eliminating them from advancing to the Super Round. They play undefeated Korea today, but the losses to Venezuela and Mexico, the two teams ahead of them in the standings were too much for them to recover. A win over Korea would leave them 3-2, tied with Venezuela, but the first tie breaker is head to head and Venezuela beat the United States earlier.

The teams advancing to the Super Round are Japan (5-0), Taiwan (4-1), Cuba (3-2), Korea (4-0), Mexico (4-1) and Venezuela (3-2). Each team will bring their losses with them to teams that advance to the Super Round. A loss by Korea to the United States will still leave them undefeated in the Super Round.

Mexico 2 United States 1

A win by the United States could have advanced them but they would still have had to beat Korea to prevent a three way tie breaker with Venezuela and Mexico. The United States could not solve Mexican pitcher Yustin Canizales, who pitched a complete game five hitter. He got into a bit of trouble in the fourth, giving up back to back singles to Lucas Tinajero and Josiah Hartshorn. A ground out advanced them to second and third and then a second ground out caught Tinajero out at the plate. A balk scored Hartshorn for the only run.

Yustin also helped himself with the bat, blasting a leadoff homerun in the first inning. In the third his RBI single put Mexico up 2-0. That was all the runs Mexico needed to seal the victory. The United States did get a runner to second on a walk and a balk in the sixth, the third balk called on Canizales in the game, but Canizales was able to get the third out of the game on a ground out.

Cuba 5 Czech Republic 0

In a game to determine who advances to the Super Round in Group A Cuba prevailed. Johan Rodriguez threw six innings of no hit ball, striking out nine to lead Cuba to the victory. Cuba scored their five runs early taking a 5-0 lead after three. Alejandro Prieto scored twice and drove in a run on a 2 for 3 performance. Both his hits were doubles.

Venezuela 13 Australia 0

Venezuela made sure they advanced, keeping the Aussies winless. Kennew and Jean Blanco combined for six of the Venezuelan 16 hits from the top two spots in the lineup. The Aussies could only muster one hit in the game.

Korea 11 Italy 0

Lead off hitter Dong-Hyeon Doo showed some pop, becoming the second player in this tournament to hit three homeruns in one game. Those three homeruns drove in six of Korea’s 11 runs. They were his first three homeruns of the tournament. Three different Korean pitchers combined for the five inning four hit shutout.

Japan 15 South Africa 0

Japan scored 10 in the first and the game was all but done. South Africa failed to get a hit in their four at bats. Kyonsuke Hayashi went deep for Japan, finishing the game 2 for 3 with two runs scored and three driven in. Shinsuke Kuwamoto was a homerun short of the cycle, finishing the game 3 for 3 with four RBIs and two runs scored.

Taiwan 32 Fiji 0

Fiji committed 11 errors. Tien-Szu Huang drove in seven runs with a double and two triples. Fiji did get one hit but that paled to the 23 by Taiwan. This was their first opportunity in the World Cup and they scored four runs in the tournament, giving up 147. Hopefully the kids will still bring back good memories that will motivate them to improve.