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Japan Still Number One in Baseball Despite United States Dominance

Tuesday, September 19th, 2017

The United States has finished higher than Japan in most of the tournaments the two play in. The main reason Japan is rated higher is they have played in more tournament, two November World Cup age tournaments that the United States chose not to participate in. The voting system tends to favor quantity of tournaments played rather than quality.

Below are the top ten countries in baseball. You can see the complete list at WBSC.org.

1) Japan - 5598
2) United States - 5414
3) Korea - 4908
4) Taiwan - 3747
5) Cuba - 3637
6) Mexico - 2957
7) Australia - 2634
8) Netherlands - 2374
9) Venezuela - 2286
10) Canada - 2142

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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Caribbean Winter Baseball Update

Sunday, September 10th, 2017

The Cuban Naccional Series has begun the first half of their season with Pinar del Rio roaring to the top of the standings with 18 wins in their first 22 games. At the bottom of the pack is poor Guantanamo, who has won only five of 24 games. The first half of the season is 45 games with the top six teams advancing for the second half. There is a draft in which the best players from the teams that did not advance are added to the six teams playing in the second half.

It was supposed to be Venezuela to hold the Caribbean World Series next year, but because of the turmoil there it was decided to have Mexico host it. The games will begin February 2 and end February 8. The city of Zapopan in Jalisco, Mexico will host the Series. The games will be played at Estadio Charros, which hosted the second round of play of the 2017 World Baseball Classic. Seating will be expanded from 12,000 to 16,000. The stadium is the home park of the Jalisco Charros.

Cuba will again be invited to participate. The format will be the same as in previous years with the five teams from Venezuela, Mexico, Dominican Republic, Cuba and Puerto Rico competing in a four game round robin schedule. The top four teams will advance to a single elimination four team tournament.

Venezuela will begin their winter league on October 10. The country has given the league $10 million from its foreign exchange reserves to buy equipment and pay for foreign players to fill out the rosters. It will be tough for Venezuela to attract name players for the regular season games but they might be able to add some players for the Series del Caribe.

The Cuban League started August 5. See above for details on their season. Many of their teams have been diluted by players leaving the island in their attempt to play in the major leagues.

Puerto Rico begins November 9. They have always had money issues trying to sustain the league. To decrease costs they will resort to more double headers. The league is also beginning one month later than the other winter leagues. One of their top franchises Santurce is under new ownership.

Dominican Republic starts their season October 13. They were embarrassed last year by their representative being eliminated early from the finals. The Dominican Republic is one of the stronger leagues and always a favorite to win the Series del Caribe.

The Mexican League begins October 10. This is also one of the stronger leagues, but they will be impacted by the Mexican summer league splitting their season in two with a summer and fall schedule. As a result the Mexican summer league will go into November. Many of the winter league players also play in the summer league. To alleviate the impact the Mexican winter league has expanded their foreign player roster to eight.

18 Under World Cup Rain Makeups

Wednesday, September 6th, 2017

A couple blow outs in the rain makeup games from the second day. Two of the teams playing against each other had yet to win and have been eliminated from advancing to the super round. Canada has turned their tournament around with a three game winning streak. Nicaragua was the third winless team playing the rain makeup.

Canada 15 Nicaragua 3

A 10 run seventh turned a tight game into the slaughter rule, ending the game early. Canada bashed eight extra base hits in the game, Jason Willow going deep in a 3 for 4 day with two RBIs and Victor Cerny going deep as well as hitting a triple in a 3 for 5 day with three RBIs. Canada slashed 15 hits and drew 7 walks to have a plethora of baserunners throughout the day.

Mexico 14 South Africa 1

Mexico picked up their first win over a winless South Africa team. Saul Favella had a perfect 4 for 4 day with two doubles, a walk and three RBIs to lead the offense. The bottom of the order also contributed with Ramon Mendoza and Martin Perez going deep. Mendoza finished 1 for 1 with three walks and three runs scored.

Jorge Romero pitched six of the seven inning game, striking out 10. The one run he gave up was unearned.

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 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.

Japan Little League World Series Champions

Sunday, August 27th, 2017

For the second time in three years Tokyo Kitasuna wins the Little League World Series championship. It is their fourth championship since they won their first championship in 2001.

Japan 12 Southwest (Lufkin) 2

The good news for Southwest is the two runs they scored were double what the three previous teams who played Japan had scored. The bad news is the Japan bats scored 12 runs against their pitching staff. In the first inning Southwest took a 2-0 lead after a leadoff homerun from Chandler Spencer and another solo shot from Hunter Ditsworth one batter later. After that Japan starter Tsubasa Tomi gave up only one more hit in pitching a complete game five inning affair, striking out 9.

Japan rallied for three runs in the bottom of the second off Southwest starter Chip Buchanan. Keitaro Miyahara drove in the first two runs with a triple and scored on a single by Ryusei Fujiwara to give Japan a 3-2 lead. Miyahara would finish the game a single short of the cycle. In the fourth he hit a solo shot and the fifth added a two run double for five RBIs on the day.

In the fourth inning Japan hit three homeruns, two off Buchanan and one off Malcolm Deason. Daisuke Hashimoto led off the fourth with a solo shot. After a ground out Miyahara hit a solo shot. Natsuki Yajima finished off the scoring with a two run homer. A five run fifth ended the game after five innings, Yajima driving in the final run with a single.

Mexico 14 Southeast 8

Coming into the game Matthew Matthijs had not given up a hit in 9 innings. He left the game after retiring four hitters, three of them on strikeouts and giving up no hits. Unfortunately, a walk, two wild pitches, a passed ball and a strikeout/passed ball gave Mexico three runs against him, only one of them earned. The Southwest tried five other pitchers, all of them making their first appearance on the mound in this Little League World Series and Mexico pounded them for 10 hits and 11 more runs. When Mexico scored six in the fourth to take a 14-2 lead the Southeast roared back for six runs to keep the game going.

Carson Hardee hit his third homerun of the tournament and Ashton Byars also went deep for the Southeast. Cesar Monjaraz pitched the last 2.1 innings without allowing a run to get the win for Mexico to take home the third place trophy.

Little League World Series - Southwest versus Japan

Saturday, August 26th, 2017

Mexico fought their way from the loser’s bracket but were done in by the brilliant pitching staff of Japan. The Southwest were able to overcome a brilliant pitching staff facing the Southeast and got a bit of revenge after an earlier loss.

Japan 5 Mexico 0

When Keitaro Miyahara led off the first inning for Japan with a homerun Mexico knew it would be tough to overcome. The Japan pitching staff had only given up one run in their first three games. When Japan tacked on three more in the inning the task became that much more difficult. Riku Goto was up to the task, pitching 5.2 innings of shutout ball, striking out 13 batters. The only event that drove him from the game was the pitch count. After the homerun by Miyahara Japan loaded the bases on a strikeout/wild pitch, an error and a walk. Yuya Nakajima drove in two runs with a single in the first inning and a double in the fifth.

For Japan and Kitasuna Little League this is their fifth Little League World Series Championship. They won the Little League World Series in 2001, 2012 and 2015 and finished second in 2007. They have also appeared in three of the last four Little League World Series, losing to Korea in the 2014 International championship. In 2015 Kitasuna Little League eliminated a team from Mexico to advance to the championship. They beat a team from the Mid-Atlantic to win the championship in 2015. They now appear again in the 2017 championship.

Southwest (Lufkin) 6 Southeast (North State) 5

The last time these two teams played Southeast won 2-1. One consolation for the Southwest is they had gotten the first hit and first run off the Southeast pitching staff in that game. On the mound for the Southeast was relative newcomer Carson Hardee, who had only pitched 1/3 of an inning. Matthew Matthijs and Chase Anderson were the primary pitchers for the Southeast, both combining in the back to back no hitters. Matthijs had reached his pitch limit for this game but was eligible for the championship. He had not allowed a hit in 9 innings and struck out 12 of the 13 Southwest hitters he faced in their 2-1 win. Chase Anderson had allowed just one hit in his 8.2 innings of work but was eligible to pitch in this game.

The Southeast jumped out to a 5-0 lead. JoeJoe Byrne and Bryce Jackson each drove in two runs. Carson Hardee held the Southwest to zero the first three innings. The chink in the armor began to be exposed in the fourth inning when Carson Wigley slugged a two run homer, following the two out single by Mark Requena. The fifth inning was filled with wild pitches and an error that saw two more runners cross the plate to make the score 5-4. Chase Anderson was called on in the fifth and was charged with one of the two runs in the inning.

The sixth saw Collin Ross lead off the inning with a hit by pitch. Mark Requena then shocked Williamsport with a two run homer to finish an amazing comeback win from a 5-0 deficit to give Lufkin a 6-5 lead. Facing the bottom of the Southeast order Chip Buchanan retired the side in order to secure the domestic championship.

For Lufkin this is their first appearance in the Little League World Series. They are not veterans of the event like Kitasuna. The championship match begins tomorrow. Japan has only given up one run in the four games they have played. Lufkin has seen that story before.

Little League World Series - Mexico and Southwest Advance

Friday, August 25th, 2017

Mexico defeated Canada in the semi-finals of the international bracket and now faces Japan in the finals. Mexico lost opening day to Latin America but has fought their way up the losers bracket to get to the finals. The Southwest defeated New England and now gets a rematch with the Southeast. These two played in the finals of the winners bracket with the Southeast winning in seven 2-1.

Mexico 6 Canada 2

Carlos Garcia scored two of the first three runs for Mexico, the second time he got on base the run scoring on a wild pitch and passed ball in the fourth inning to break a 2-2 tie. Jorge Garcia led off the fifth inning with a solo shot to extend the lead. After Andre Garza walked Jorge Lambarria went deep with a two run homerun that put the game out of reach. Samuel Juarez tossed the last two innings for Mexico, retiring five on strikeouts and scattering just two hits. Andre Garza got the start and pitched four innings to earn the victory.

Southwest (Lufkin) 14 New England (Fairfield American) 4

Southwest used an 8 run opening frame to put this game out of reach early. Collin Ross had a big hit in the first inning with a three run homerun. Michael Ianazzo put New England on the board with a two run homer in the third and Matthew Vivona pumped a solo shot in the fifth, but it was not enough to overcome the 8 run deficit. .