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Little League World Series - Day 5

Tuesday, August 20th, 2019

More teams get eliminated. Below is a summary of yesterday’s games.

Latin America (Venezuela) 8 Mexico 7

In a wild game Venezuela scored three runs in the bottom of the fifth courtesy of two errors and two hit by pitches. The only hit of the inning was a single by Luis Atencio that drove in the tying run. An error by the right fielder allowed the go ahead run to score. Jonathan Rangel finished Mexico off in order in the sixth to secure the victory. Rangel quieted Mexico’s bats after they scored six runs in the first two innings. Rangel limited them to just one run in his 4.1 innings of work, striking out eight. Davirik Fuenmayor scored the go ahead run but also drove in two runs with a homerun in the first.

Angel Castillo went 3 for 3 for Mexico but that was not enough to keep them in the tournament.

Caribbean (Curacao) 8 Canada 1

Curacao eliminated Canada from the tournament with a convincing victory. Four early runs in the first two innings and four late runs in the fifth were too much for Canada to overcome. Six different players drove in runs with Kevin Rosina pitching all six innings to get the win.

West Region (Hawaii) 6 Mid-Atlantic (New Jersey) 0

Hawaii knocked Elizabeth into the loser’s bracket. Hawaii scored all their runs in the first three innings. Jaren Pascual got the scoring started with a solo shot in the first inning and Nicholas Nashiwa closed out the scoring with a pinch hit three run double in the third. Two different Hawaiian pitchers, Logan Kuloloia and Isaac Imamura, shutout New Jersey through six innings.

Southwest (Louisiana) 10 Midwest (Minnesota) 0

Southwest scored five in the fourth to end the game via the slaughter rule. Connor Perrot drove in four runs and Reece Roussel was a perfect 3 for 3, scoring three times to lead the offense. Reece is hitting .700 for the tournament. Derek DeLatte also went 3 for 3 with a run scored and one RBI. Three different pitchers combined for the shutout.

Great Lakes (Kentucky) 4 Australia 1

In a crossover game between two teams eliminated from the tournament, both teams accomplished a first. Kentucky got their first win while Australia scored their first run of the tournament. Chaze Huff pitched a complete game while Jackson Idlett drove in two runs to lead the offense.

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.

Curacao Defeats Australia in Lone Little League World Series game

Friday, August 16th, 2019

Rain and bad weather postponed all the Little League World Series games for Thursday with the exception of one. That was the Curacao/Australia game. It took Curacao just four innings to beat Australia 11-0. Shendrion Martinus pitched no hit ball in those four innings, walking just one and throwing only 37 pitches. Curley Martha went deep, driving in three runs to lead the offense. Jurdrick Profar scored twice as did Martha.

Three errors by Australia in the second inning allowed Curacao to score seven unearned runs. Martha hit his two run homerun in the third inning to give Curacao a 9-0 lead, crushing it just short of the second fence in left field.

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.

Schoop Leads Netherlands Past Japan in Port Tournament

Monday, July 22nd, 2019

Japan jumped out to an early 2-0 lead against Netherlands, fueled by an RBI single in the first from top hitter Ryuma Seki and a solo shot in the fourth from Masaya Higshimoto in the fourth. Both runs were scored against Netherlands veteran ace Rob Cordemans. The Netherlands came roaring back with 2-run double from Sharlon Schoop in the fifth and an RBI single from Schoop in the seventh.

The Netherlands shut down Japan after the fourth inning. Diegomar Markwell pitched three shutout innings to get credit for the win. Juan Carlos Sulbaran, Kevin Kelly and Tom Stuifbergen each retired two hitters to finish out the game, Stuifbergen getting credit for the save.

It is the first time the Netherlands has won the port tournament since 1999.

MVP of Torunament - Dwayne Kemp (Netherlands)
Best Hitter - Ryuma Seki (Japan) .560 batting average
Top Pitcher -Vance Ross (United States) 0.00 ERA, league leading 14 K’s
Top Power Hitter - Denzel Richardson (Netherlands) 2 homeruns
Top Rookie - Delano Selassa (Netherlands)
Most RBIs - Ryuma Seki (Japan) 11
Best On Base Man - Nick Dibenedetto (United States) .609 OBA, including 5 hit by pitch
Stolen Bases - Dwayne Kemp (Netherlands), Daisuke Ezake (Japan) 4

Japan to Face Netherlands in Finals of Port Tournament

Sunday, July 21st, 2019

Japan, which finished in last place in the first round has turned the corner and won their next two games to qualify for the championship. They knocked out Taiwan, who finished in first place in the first round 8-1. Japan erupted for four runs in the first inning to take a commanding lead. Daiki Sekino pitched three innings of shutout ball to start the game then turned it over to four pitchers who held Taiwan to one run, that being scored in the ninth inning.

Ryuma Seki, Koki Kajiwara and Ryoma Nagashima each contributed three hits for Japan in the victory. Jho Ohkanda and Masaya Higashimoto each drove in two runs. Seki crossed the plate three times, coming a homerun shy of the cycle.

The United States got a bit of revenge in the game for fourth place, shutting out Curacao 6-0 in a six inning game. In their previous meeting Curacao had beaten the United States team 20-2. Ross Vance pitched a compete game two hitter, striking out eight and walking two. Darryl George led the offense, a double short of the cycle in a 3 for 3 day, driving in three runs and scoring twice.

As it stands now, Japan (3-3) and Netherlands (4-2) will battle for first. Taiwan (4-3) finished in third, the United States (3-3) fourth and Curacao (2-5) fifth.

Port Tournament Down to the Finals

Friday, July 19th, 2019

The Netherlands holds two big tournaments played every other year. During the even numbered years you have the Honkball tournament played in Haarlem, Netherlands. Myworld was actually there a couple years ago to witness one tournament. During the summer months day time lingers a bit longer in the Netherlands so when a 7 PM ends at about 10 PM you are still walking back to your car or hotel in day light. The port tournament is held in Amsterdam during the odd numbered years.

Five teams competed in the Port tournament, Curacao, Japan, Netherlands, Taiwan and Team USA. The teams from Japan and Taiwan are composed of college level players or players who participate in the industrial leagues. The United States team is composed of minor league ball players, though the names of these players would not be familiar to many.

For the first round the final standings were 1) Taiwan 3-1, 2) Netherlands 2-2, 3) Curacao 2-2, 4) United States 2-2 and 5) Japan 1-3. The United States learned that being a minor leaguer holds no stock to how competitive you would be in this tournament, losing to Curacao 20-2. They committed six errors in the game that was halted after seven innings because of the slaughter rule.

Taiwan continued their dominance in the second round by defeating Curacao 7-6. The United States was again humiliated with a 13-3 loss to Netherlands. Lars Huijer got the win for the Netherlands by pitching five innings. In the Dutch League playing for Hoofddorp Pioniers he has been unhittable with a 0.80 ERA in 12 starts limiting the opposition to a .139 average. He has also whiffed 108 hitters in just 90 innings. The United States was able to tag Lars for six hits and three runs but their pitching let them down. Josh Collmenter got the start for the United States and was battered around for nine runs in just 2.1 innings. This was another game that was ended after seven innings because of the slaughter rule. The United States played and lost the two games that were ended early because of the slaughter rule.

In the second round Curacao will play Japan in a losers bracket game. The United States appears to have been sent down to the bracket to see who finishes fourth, which knocks them out of any championship hope. They will play the loser of the Curacao/Japan game. The winner of the Curacao/Japan game will advance to play the loser of the Taiwan/Netherlands game. The winner of that game will play the winner of the Tawain/Netherlands game for the championship. The only team that appears to have been eliminated from the championship game so far has been the United States.

Bucketlist Reviewed

Monday, June 24th, 2019

Myworld is in Omaha to watch the last two games of the college world series. First we will enter into Papillion for a day game for the Storm Chasers, which will be a DHer of sorts, i.e. a finish to the second game that was suspended last night and a new game. Then we will travel down to Omaha for the first game of the finals of the College World Series. That will be a first, three games in one day.

Since this college world series was on my bucket list myworld thought we would summarize some of our bucket list accomplishments since 2011 after we first wrote of our bucket list down. At the end we will identify those adventures still on the list. These are only our baseball bucket lists. We have plenty of non-baseball adventures we would still like to capture.

October 2011 - Went to Panama to watch the last Baseball World Cup. The event is not quite as strong as the soccer World Cups. Attendance was sparse. Netherlands went on to upset Cuba for their first World Cup win. Lots of rain at the event. The third place game was not played because of rain but Canada was awarded the bronze. The gold medal game was delayed by about five hours. This would be the last World Cup before a major reorganization.

November 2011 - Visited Taichung, Taiwan for the Asian World Series. This is another event that was discontinued. Another upset as the Samsung Lions defeated the Softbank Hawks to become the first non-Japanese team to win the Asian Series.

February 2012 - Traveled to the Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic to see the Series del Caribe. Cuba had yet to be allowed to participate. This is another event that is struggling for survival. At the time the teams played pool play and the team with the best record was declared champion. This event was anticlimactic as the Dominican Republic won it easily. On the last day, win or lose the Dominicans had won the pool. They added Cuba later and went to a pool play and playoff format to make the finals or last day more meaningful.

September 6-11 2013- Japan trip. This was my fourth trip to Japan to watch baseball so not really bucket list material. Some of the events were. Witnessed Wladimir Balentien hit his 54th homerun on his way to a record breaking 60 for the year, smashing the record of Sadaharu Oh and Randy Bass, who each had 55. Also saw a pitcher’s duel between Masahiro Tanaka and rookie sensation Shohei Ohtani, won by Tanaka 3-2. Tanaka would go on to break a baseball record of 25 consecutive wins and then went on to play for the New York Yankees the next year. Ohtani is now with the Angels.

November 7, 2013 - Visited Arizona and watched the Arizona Fall League for the first time. Aaron Sanchez and Travis Shaw were two players who impressed me during that visit.

July 8th 2014 - Traveled to Dyersville Iowa to see the Field of Dreams. Also around that time went to Durham, North Carolina to see the old stadium that was used for the Durham Bulls movie. Myworld loves the Durham park and we have visited there at least three times.

November 11 2014 - Revisited Taichung, Taiwan for the 21 and under World Cup. Taiwan won it, upsetting Japan. Chun Lin Kuo pitched seven shutout innings in the 9-0 rout. Myworld was strangled in blue confetti after the win.

June 20th 2015 - These bucket lists can not be predicted. Witnessed my first no hitter, Max Scherzer doing the honors in Washington D.C.. The only previous no hitter I had seen prior to that was a seven inning minor league no hitter. I never really counted that since it was only seven innings.

June 23 2016 - Did not see a Little League World Series but I did go to Williamsport and visited the park. Went to a minor league game in Williamsport and watched Triston Mackenzie pitch for the Indians minor league team. The minor league park is located next door to the first field where the Little League World Series was played. They are still playing Little League games at that field.

July 2016 - Went to Haarlem, Netherlands to watch the Honkball tournament. It was my first experience of European baseball. The facility where they held the tournament is pretty impressive. I do believe Japan may have been the winners of that tournament, upsetting the Netherlands in the finals but I could be wrong. I did not see the finals preferring to enjoy some of the sights of Haarlem instead.

February 8 2017 - Witnessed my second Series del Caribe, this one in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico beat Mexico in the championship match. This was the first Series del Caribe that Cuba was allowed to play.

March 12, 2017 - Travelled to Miami, Florida to watch a World Baseball Classic game and it was wild. The Dominican Republic beat the United States and the crowd was probably more entertaining than the game. Also saw a couple World Baseball Classic games in Miami in 2013. Kenley Jenson was a catcher for the Netherlands.

July 7-9, 2018 - This was my first Futures game. The United States defeated the World. Talk is that they will be changing that format for this year. The homerun derby and the All Star game followed after that. The experience was awesome. The only downside is I had to leave early because the game went into extra innings and Metro was closing.

June 24 2019 - In Omaha to see the College World Series

November 2019 - Hope to return to Tokyo to watch the Premier 12

2020 and beyond.

The Olympics is on the agenda. I’ve already been to an Olympic event when they were in Los Angeles but watched the volleyball. The prices for these events seem a little steep.

World Series game is still a must see. I may have to travel for that since the Nationals and Orioles may never give me that opportunity.

Been to every ball park in Japan but Hokkaido. That is on the list. Will be going to Saint Louis after the College World Series leaving Tampa, Seattle, Oakland, Chicago White Sox, Detroit, Arizona, Toronto and Colorado as the only major league parks I have not visited. Went to the old Seattle park and if I don’t hurry the Oakland and Tampa parks may no longer be available. Still lots of minor league parks to visit.

Hope to see a European championship tournament. On my bucket list is a visit to Italy so seeing a game there and visiting Italy would fulfill two accomplishments.

Myworld has seen games in Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Netherlands, Puerto Rico, Nicaragua, Panama and Dominican Republic so going to another country to see a game would be cool. We’ve also played softball in Australia and Sweden.

Myworld has also been to Cooperstown, but it might be cool to visit it again to see how time has changed it.

That is it for now.

Bologna Wins European Champions Cup

Sunday, June 9th, 2019

Unipol Bologna downed L&D Amsterdam 8-0 to win the European Champions Cup. Bologna finished second in their pool but defeated two teams from the Netherlands to win the championship. They had beaten Curacao Neptunus 10-3 Friday to advance to the championship game.

Raoul Rivero was lights out in his 7.2 innings of work, striking out 14 and giving up just four hits. Alex Bassani retired the last four hitters to complete the shutout. Six different Bologna hitters contributed two hits, with Jonatan Polonius and Francesco Fuzzi each driving in two runs.

Curacao Neptunus finished in third place.

World Cup 18 Groups

Friday, May 17th, 2019

The under 18 World Cup will be played in Gijang, Korea on August 30 to September 8 at the Gijang-Hyundai Dream Ballpark. The United States has won the last four under 18 championships.

Group A

Korea, Australia, Netherlands, Canada, Nicaragua and China

Group B

Japan, United States, Taiwan, Panama, South Africa and Spain

The top three teams from each group advance to the super round. The top two teams from the super round play for the championship. The absence of Cuba could be financial. They have also lost a number of their younger players to the major leagues.