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Little League Regional Results

Thursday, August 16th, 2018

Below are the representatives from the United States regions and Canada that will play in the Little League World Series. The Little League World Series starts with games today.

Great Lakes

Gross Point Woods (Michigan) dominated this region, winning the finals 13-0. In the four regional games they played they won by combined scores of 46-6.

Mid-Atlantic

Mid Island in Staten Island New York shut out a Berlin Little League in Maryland 4-0 to win their region.

Midwest Regional

Grandview Little League in Des Moines lost their opener to Fargo Little League in North Dakota. They got their revenge when they faced Fargo in the championship match and beat them 7-4.

New England Regionals

Coventry Little League in Rhode Island won two games 10-0 then lost to Pittsfield American from Massachusetts 10-1. They rallied for six runs in the bottom of the sixth in the semifinal game to beat Goffstown Junior Baseball in New Hampshire 6-5. In the championship game they saw Pittsfield again and beat them 3-2.

Northwest Regionals

Couer d’Alene Little League in Idaho were beaten by Boulder Arrowhead Little League in Montana 5-2. After beating Murrayhill Little League in Oregon 8-3 they got their rematch with Boulder Arrowhead and shut them out 2-0.

Southeast Regionals

Peachtree City Little League in Georgia used some solid pitching to sweep their regional shutting out Loudon South American Little League in Virginia 3-0 in the championship match.

Southwest Regionals

Post Oak Little League in Houston, Texas beat Tulsa National Little League in Oklahoma 8-0.

West Regional

Honolulu Little League in Hawaii dominated their region, winning the championship match against Tri City Little League in Northern California 11-2.

Canada Regionals

Canada will be represented by Whalley Little League in Surrey British Columbia. They won their championship game 11-0 beating Glace Bay Little League in Nova Scotia.

Little League World Series Participants

Monday, August 6th, 2018

The United States and Canada still need to sort out their participants, but the other international teams for the Little League World Series have been decided. The Little League World Series will be in Williamsport, PA August 16-26.

Asia Pacific Regional

The two powers South Korea and Taiwan came out of their pools as the top teams. When the finals were played South Korea (Seoul) were the victors 6-1. Hong Kong did well, finishing second in their pool to Taiwan and defeating Guam 6-5 to take the consolation game.

Australian Regional

Australia will be represented by Gold Coast Baseball Assoc. in Queensland. They beat Adelaide 11-0 in the championship match.

Caribbean Regonal

The World Baseball Classic success has created a resurgence in baseball in Puerto Rico. There Little League team dominated their regional finishing 8-0. The closest team to them was Curacao at 5-3. A second Puerto Rican team did not do so well, going winless at 0-6. Puerto Rico played Curacao in the championship match and beat them 5-2.

Europe/Africa Regional

Just as last year there were no African teams represented in this region. So a better effort needs to be made to get African representation or just drop the name from the title. It takes a lot of coin to participate in a tournament in Europe. Spain (Catalunya) was the big surprise beating the Netherlands 19-0 in the finals. This is the first time that a true team from Spain will play in the Little League World Series. There previous four appearances had rosters filled with American players living in Spain.

Japan Regional

Kawaguchi Little League in Tokyo will represent Japan. They pasted Nagasaki Minami 23-2 in the championship game. They seemed to get better as the tournament wore on, winning their opener 2-1, taking the second game 7-2 and winning the semifinal match 13-2 before waltzing in the playoffs.

Latin America Regionals

Panama (Vacamonte) only loss in pool play was to their brethren Panama (Aguadulce Cabezera) in the last game of pool play 8-0. They opened against them in the first round of the playoffs and avenged that loss with a 2-0 win. In the championship match they went up against Nicaragua and won 6-3.

Mexico Regionals

Matamoros Little League finished undefeated at 8-0 beating Trevino Kelly 5-3 in the championship game.

Japan Qualifies for Honkball Finals

Saturday, July 21st, 2018

The rain has postponed the Nationals/Braves game giving myworld a chance to catch up. Japan has made it to the finals of the Honkball tournament in Haarlem, Netherlands with a convincing 8-1 win over Taiwan. This is the same Japanese team that played five exhibition games against the United States collegiate national team and won two of five games. Japan erupted for seven runs in the fifth inning to erase a 1-0 Taiwan lead, cruising to the victory after the outburst.

One team that will be absent in the championship match will be Cuba. They did win their first game, collecting 14 hits in their 7-1 win over Germany. They did need to score six runs in the ninth inning to pull out the victory.

The Dutch get a chance to play Taiwan in the semifinal match with a 2-1 win over Italy. Yurendell de Caster drove in both runs for Netherlands, but his walk off single in the ninth was the big hit. Allessandro Maestri, who pitched for a number of years in the minor leagues and then took his craft to Japan, quieted the Dutch bats to one run in seven innings.

The Netherlands will play Taiwan with the winner advancing to play the undefeated Japanese in the championship match. The Netherlands were the winners of the last Honkball tournament, beating Australia in the finals, a game myworld actually witnessed.

United States Outslugs World in Future Games Homerfest

Monday, July 16th, 2018

It felt like a homerun derby with a game inside. Seven homeruns were hit in the United States 10-6 win over the World. Rather than write a narrative of the game my world will do a half inning by half inning breakdown.

Top of First - World Hitting. Just one of three 1-2-3 innings in the game. Mitch Keller made it look easy zipping fastballs at 95-97.

Bottom of First - United States hitting. Jesus Luzardo was reaching 95 with his fastball. He retired the first two hitters but ran the count full to Brendan Rodgers and he ripped a pitch into left center field for a double. Nate Lowe followed bouncing a single up the middle. Rodgers would have scored but centerfielder Luis Basabe bobbled the ball. Lowe’s ambition outran his feet and he was thrown out at second trying to take the extra base.

Top of Second - Justus Sheffield comes into the game for the United States. He throws 93-96 but also mixes in a lot of breaking pitches. Seuly Matias goes the opposite way to crush one into the Nats bullpen. Sheffield settles down and retires the next three hitters but the World has tied the game 1-1.

Bottom of Second - Luzardo works his second inning and strikes out two, Danny Jansen leaving the batter’s box without swinging his bat. Alex Kirilloff hits a one out single.

Top of Third - Sheffield starts the inning and gives up a one out single to right center to Dawel Lugo. That brings on Hunter Greene. He is the only pitcher who hits triple digits with his fastball, consistently hitting 101 to 103. Luis Basabe was the first batter he faced and deposited one of his 102 mile per hour fastballs into the right field bleachers. Fernando Tatis is also not intimidated and lines a single into left field. He steals second and advances to third on a fly out. Seuly Matias can not bring Tatis home, striking out to end the inning.

Bottom of Third - Bryan Mata comes on to start the third and has trouble throwing strikes walking Ke’Bryan Hayes to start the third. Bo Bichette bounces a single up the middle and a wild pitch advances the runners to second and third with just one out. Brendan Rodgers strikes out swinging at a pitch way out of the strike zone. Nate Lowe grounds out to third and the United States blow a scoring opportunity, down 3-2.

Top of Fourth - Greene continues to struggle walking the lead off batter Yordan Alvarez. Luis Urias is hit on his arm protector to put two runners on with no outs. Jesus Sanchez breaks his bat and despite his speed grounds into a 4-6-3 double play. The United States turns to Matt Manning for the third out. Miguel Amaya flies to right.

Bottom of the Fourth - The Aussie Lewis Thorpe comes on to start the fourth. He starts out fast by striking out Keston Hiura. Alex Kirilloff hits a sinking liner into left. Yusniel Diaz tries to make a sliding catch but bobbles the ball and it drops to the grass for a single. Danny Jansen ties the game up at 3-3 pulling a pitch into the left field bleachers. Kyle Lewis walks setting the stage for Ke’Bryan Hayes to blast a pitch over the left field bullpen to give the United States a 5-3 lead. Jesus Tinoco came on to pitch and retired the last two hitters on fly outs to the outfield. Thorpe was throwing a comfortable 93-94.

Top of Fifth - It does not take long for the World to get back in the game. After Matt retired the first two hitters Fernando Tatis lined a single into right field. A wild pitch advanced him to second but it didn’t matter when Yusniel Diaz deposited a pitch into the right centerfield bleachers. Back to back singles by Matias and Alvarez but two runners on. Manning reared back and struck out Urias. For a player who has a history for being tough to strike out Urias was the only player on the World squad to strike out twice in this game.

Bottom of Fifth - The second 1-2-3 inning. Tinoco retired the first two hitters on ground outs. Yoan Lopez came on to face pinch hitter Ryan Mountcastle. Ryan swung and missed at three fastballs crossing the plate at 96-97 miles per hour.

Top of Sixth - Dakota Hudson may have been the second hardest thrower after Greene. His fastball hit 97-98. He retired the International squad in order in the sixth, striking out one.

Bottom of Sixth - The second Aussie came on to pitch. Alex Wells retired the two hitters he faced. Of all the pitchers in the game his fastball was the most pedestrian, hitting just 90-91. He was replaced by South African Kieran Lovejoy who brought the fastball velocity back up to 96-97. Lovejoy gave up a solo shot to Taylor Trammell into the centerfield bleachers, taking his first at bat of the game and giving the United States a 6-5 lead.

Top of Seventh - Shaun Anderson comes in to start the seventh. He has no problems retiring the first two hitters. Yusniel Diaz does a de ja vu, except he sends one of the balls into the Brewhouse in the centerfield bleachers. In that inning Padre Buddy Reed made a nice running catch to rob Padre Fernando Tatis Jr. of a single. After the catch he started to run off the field, possibly forgetting the number of outs. Heliot Ramos pinch hit for Matias, lining a single into center. Brendan Rodgers showed off his defensive chops at second making a sliding stop of a grounder hit by Yordan Alvarez to end the inning.

Bottom of Seventh - Adonis Medina starts the inning. Jo Adell greets him with a double to right center and advances to third on a passed ball. Medina gets back to back K’s, but the second strikeout slips past the catcher to the back stop to allow Rodgers to advance to first. Jo Adell scores. The count went full to Peter Alonso and he hit a skyscraper that soared far above the foul pole, travelled past the bleachers and bounced onto the pavilion. It was the longest homerun myworld has witnessed at Nationals stadium since Albert Pujols hit the pavilion while playing with the Cardinals. Pujols did not hit his ball as high. Keibert Ruiz had to leave the game early in the inning after being hit by a foul tip, bringing out Miguel Amaya for his second appearance of the game. Jorge Guzman gets out of the inning giving up an infield single to Buddy Reed. Luis Garcia makes a diving stop but threw off balance, the ball skipping into the dugout. A second whiff in the game by Andrew Kinzner ends the inning.

Top of Eighth - C.D. Pelham started the inning but failed to get the two hitters he faced out. Peter Alonso waved at a ground ball hit right at him, the ball trickling to right field to put runners at first and third. Kyle Wright came on to pitch. Amaya hit a pitch too shallow into center field to score the go ahead run. Andres Gimenez grounded into a 4-6-3 double play.

Bottom of Eighth - Touki Touissaint sees the bottom of the eighth. Taylor Trammell takes Touki deep. He thinks he has his second homer turns to the dugout smiling as he trots past first. Unfortunately the ball hits off the centerfield fence and kicks into right field. Trammell puts on the after burners and makes it to third with a triple, but he probably could have had an inside the park homerun as far as the ball kicked into right field. The first fly to right from Ke’Bryan Hayes did not score Trammell. The second fly from Jo Adell to left field scored Trammell to make it 10-6. Touki was dealing at 95-97 striking out Carter Kieboom. For Carter it was his second whiff of the game in two at bats, not making much of an impression to Nationals fans.

Top of the Ninth - Dylan Cease comes on to retire the first two hitters. The portly Luis Ortiz came on to face Yusniel Diaz. He said something while on the mound that got the players laughing. He only needed one pitch to get Diaz to ground to third to end the game.

Germany Stuns Cuba in HonKball Competetion

Sunday, July 15th, 2018

This has to be a first for German baseball, to beat Cuba. It is also a reflection on how far down the Cuban talent level has gone. Most of their top players are in the United States.

Cuba started Leandro Martinez but it was not his fault Germany scored four runs off him. Three Cuban errors allowed three unearned runs to score. Germany committed six errors but they were able to dodge the bullet a bit better than Cuba allowing only two unearned runs.

A dropped fly ball by leftfielder Jorge Jhonson on what should have been the third out allowed Germany to score the first run in the opening frame. Errors by Anibal Medina and Jorge Aloma brought in two more unearned runs in the third to give Germany a 3-1 lead.

Cuba erupted for three runs in the fourth, assisted by two German errors, though only one of the runs was considered unearned. Orlando Acebey and Eduardo Blanco contributing RBI singles to give Cuba a 4-3 lead.

In the fifth Eric Brenk slashed his third single of the game. He scored his third run of the game, the tying run after Simon Guhring drove one deep enough to right field to score Eric on a sacrifice fly. A Max Boldt double, his third hit of the day set up the go ahead run in the seventh. After an intentional walk to load the bases Cuba failed to turn two on a ground ball and Germany scored the winning run.

Cuba did load the bases in the top of the ninth. After retiring the first two hitters in his third inning of work, Cuban born Enorbel Marquez loaded the bases on a single, walk and the sixth error by Germany. He ran the count full to Jorge Jhonson before getting him to fly out to center to end the game.

Japan 1 Taiwan 0

Japan won a second consecutive 1-0 game. They were able to string together 10 hits but two caught stealings and a ground out double play erased three rallies. They scored their only run in the fourth after a Toshiya Sato double and a Yuma Tongu single drove him in for the only run of the game. Matsumoto Wataru pitched seven scoreless innings allowing just four hits and striking out nine. Hiroshi Kaino was almost unhittable in his two innings of work, striking out five of the six hitters he faced. Taiwan only saw one runner settle on second base and that was in the fifth inning. C.W. Huang was picked off after he had doubled with two out in the fifth so he was not on second base long.

Netherlands 7 Italy 0

Netherlands made it two shutouts in a row over their two European counterparts. After blanking Germany 6-0 in their opener they went out and zipped their European rivals Italy 7-0. Ageless Rob Cordemans did the honors on the mound going six innings and allowing just two hits. He struck out nine and walked two. Nick Urbanus, Gilmer Lampe and Yurendell deCaster each drove in two runs for Netherlands.

Two Shutouts Start Honkball Week

Saturday, July 14th, 2018

One of these days myworld will return to Haarlem to watch Honkball. It is a fun tournament with a day game, a long break and then a night game - all for one price. I just wish there were more restaurants in the area where the ball parks are located. It is always good to eat something other than ballpark food.

The opening of Honkball saw two shutouts. The first was Japan nipping Italy 1-0, scoring a run in the bottom of the 10th to get the win. Masato Morishita, who started two games in the United States college exhibition series the previous week threw seven innings of two hit shutout ball against Italy. Luis Lugo matched him for five shutout innings, also only allowing two hits. Despite having the bases loaded with no outs Italy could not score in their extra inning. Japan laid down a successful sacrifice and then got a walk off bunt single from Takashi Umino in his first at bat to pull out the victory. Hiromi Ito got the win for Japan, striking out six of the nine hitters he faced.

The defending champ Netherlands dominated Germany 6-0. Orlando Yntema pitched seven innings of one hit ball, giving up a lead off double and then retiring 21 of the next 22 hitters he faced. Netherlands got three hits and a homerun from Dwayne Kemp to lead the offense.

Philippines Wins East Asian Cup

Friday, June 29th, 2018

The Philippines finished undefeated (4-0) to win the East Asian Cup played in Hong Kong. They beat the host team 7-5 to qualify for the Asian Baseball Championship in 2019. The winner of the Asian Baseball Championship qualifies for a spot in the Olympics. The Philippines will be facing the traditional powers, Japan, Korea and Taiwan, who did not have to play in the East Asian Cup.

The final order of finish: Philippines (4-0), Thailand (3-1), Hong Kong (2-2), Indonesia (1-4) and Singapore (0-4). Singapore gave up double digits in runs in all four games they played.

Argentina Wins South American Championship

Sunday, April 22nd, 2018

Argentina defeated Brazil 7-1 to win the South American championship, qualifying them for the Pan American games that will be played in Peru in 2019. Diego Echeverria went the distance in pitching a three hitter. Argentina put the game away with four runs in the ninth inning, fueled by a two run homer from Eduardo Zurbriggen. Jacinto Cipriota drove in the first two runs for Argentina with RBI singles in the third and fifth innings.

This is the first time Argentina has qualified for the Pan Am games. The other two times their team played was when they hosted the tournament. The final standings 1) Argentina, 2) Brazil, 3) Chile, 4) Bolivia

If Argentina wins a gold or silver medal they will advance to the Americas qualifier where one of eight teams will compete in the Olympics in Tokyo in 2020.

European Tournaments

Friday, April 13th, 2018

Going to Europe and want to watch some baseball. Below is a list of adult tournaments in Europe you can check out to see the level of baseball played there. Hopefully I’ve identified the correct countries.

C.E.B Cup - Ostrava Czech Republic (June 5th - 9th)

Champions Cup - Rotterdam, Netherlands (June 6th - 10th)

Federations Cup - Brasschaat, Belgium (June 11-16)

Federations Cup Qualifier Pool 1 - Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria (June 12-17)

Federations Cup Qualifier Pool 2 - Rybnik, Poland (June 12-17)

Playoff European Championship A Pool - Wiener Neustadt, Austria (June 29th - July 1)

European Championship C Pool 1 - Ashbourne, Ireland (July 23-28)

European Championship C Pool 2 - Kropyvnytskyi, Ukraine (July 23-28)

European Championship Qualifier u 23 - Bratislava, Slovakia (August 6 - 12)

Super 6 - Hoofddorp, Netherlands (September 18-23)

Cuba and Japan Complete Honkball Itinerary

Friday, February 23rd, 2018

The six teams have been selected for Honkball. It will be played July 13-22 at Pim Mulier Stadium in Haarlem. Haarlem is one of those quiet, pleasant cities that have more bikes on the roads than automobiles. It also has canals, windmills, a town square and a baseball stadium. The stadium is just a couple miles from the town square. Myworld could not pick a better spot to relax in a tranquil setting and then spend your time at the ballpark.

The six teams participating in the tournament are:

Netherlands, Curacao, Italy, Taiwan, Cuba and Japan

After the last Honkball tournament there was some discussion to end the tournament. The crowds are loyal with fans waiting two hours inside the stadium waiting for the second game to be played. When you buy a ticket it is for the day, with the first game scheduled for 2 PM and the evening affair for 7 PM. There is a tented area and a stage for a band, so if the crowd is large enough a band could be made available to entertain those who wait the couple hours inside the stadium for the second game to start.

Despite the decent crowds the organizers were not able to collect enough revenue to continue the tournament. Lack of advertisers and sponsors are the large revenue generators for most tournaments. Another group has stepped in to hold the tournament. Hopefully they will be more successful in continuing the tournament every two years.