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18 and Under World Cup - Day 2

Sunday, September 1st, 2019

The games were more competitive yesterday but there were a couple upsets on the day. The big game will be on the third day when the United States plays Japan.

Australia 1 Korea 0

The hosts were stung by the second straight excellent pitching performance from the Australian starting pitchers. This time it was Lachlan Waite who shutout the Korean bats for six innings. Unlike the previous day, the Aussie bullpen was up to the task, finishing off the last three innings without allowing Korea to score. Korea had some fielding issues, committing four errors, one of those scoring in the fourth inning on a Solomon Maguire RBI single to account for the only run of the game.

Korean starting pitcher Heo Yun-Dong was almost unhittable, striking out 10 in his 5.2 innings of work, but he was hurt by one of the four Korean errors.

Spain 12 Panama 3

Spain looks tough. Their bats pounded Panama for seven runs in the first two innings and rode that to victory. Justin Castillo launched the first four bagger for the tournament, a two run homer in the sixth inning. He finished the day 3 for 5 with four RBIs and three runs scored. Ruben Fernandez got the big hit with his three run double in the first inning. Fernandez drove in both runs against Japan the previous day when Spain almost pulled the upset. This was the first win for Spain and hit Panama with their first loss.

Japan 19 South Africa 0

Japan roughed up South Africa, scoring runs in all six innings. Sota Asada no hit South Africa for the first five innings, striking out eight. Yuki Hayashi completed the no hitter in the sixth and final inning of the game. Junya Nishi drove in eight with a three run homer in the fourth and a two run homer in the sixth. He also added a two run single in the fifth.

United States 8 Taiwan 1

The United States stayed undefeated, knocking Taiwan to their first loss. The United States scored five of their eight runs in their last two innings to put the finishing touches on the game. Tyler Soderstrom drove in three, his only hit of the game a big two run double in the eighth.

Canada 11 Netherlands 0

Canada scored all their runs in the two middle innings to retire the Dutch in seven. Connor O’Halloran threw six innings of shutout ball. Ryan Leitch and Owen Diodati each went deep for Canada and drove in two runs and scored twice. The Dutch pitchers walked 10 hitters in the game, contributing to the Canadians victory. Canada only needed five hits to score their 11 runs, two of those hits traveling over the fence.

Nicaragua 6 China 3

Nicaragua remained undefeated with their win over China. A four run second proved to be the difference in the game. Yeffry Montiel and Felipe Aguilar each contributed two run doubles in the inning to contribute to the win.

Shen-Gao Yang hit two doubles to account for two of the three runs for China, scoring twice.

World Cup 18 and Under - Days One

Saturday, August 31st, 2019

Myworld has been a bit busy with two a days in volleyball so the blogging has taken a hit. But the 18 and under World Cup has completed two days. Below are the results from the first day. There were no homeruns hit the first day but a lot of close games.

Canada 17 China 3

T.J. Schofield went a perfect 4 for 4, driving in four runs and scoring two as Canada cruised in their opener. Austin Gomm also drove in four runs with a double and triple. China scored three runs in the fourth to pull to within 5-3 but Canada erupted for 12 runs in the next two innings to put the game away.

Taiwan 4 Panama 1

Panama proved pesky trailing by only one run until Taiwan scored two runs in the bottom of the eighth to give themselves some breathing room. Tsai Chia-Yen scored twice and drove in a run in the eighth with a double. He scored the first run in the third after hitting a two out triple. Chen Po-Yu worked six innings and gave up just one run, that run scoring on a balk in the sixth. Yu Chien pitched two shutout innings to earn the save, striking out four.

Japan 4 Spain 2

Japan had to rally for four in the eighth to sneak out a victory over a tough team from Spain. Justin Luna had shutout the Japanese for the first seven innings, allowing just two hits. When Spain went to their bullpen Japan erupted for four runs. All the runs were unearned after a two out error extended the eighth inning. After the error Yuya Nirasawa drove in the first run with an RBI single. Takaya Ishikawa tied the game with a single and Jo Endo gave the Japanese the lead with his two run double. Shuto Iizuka worked the ninth to pick up the save.

Ruben Fernandez drove in both runs for Spain with a two run triple in the fourth.

Nicaragua 3 Australia 2

Yeffry Montiel broke a 1-1 tie with a two run single in the ninth. Chris Burke hit his second double of the game and scored after a wild pitch and ground out pulled Australia to one. Samuel Mendoza was able to retire the last two hitters on ground outs to secure the victory. William Sherriff pitched eight strong innings for Australia, allowing just the one run and striking out nine.

Both runs Nicaragua scored in the ninth were unearned after a two out error by Australia extended the inning.

United States 11 South Africa o

Kyle Harrison pitched 5.1 shutout innings to earn the victory. He gave up two hits and struck out nine. Leadoff hitter Robert Hassell scored four runs and drove in two. He went 3 for 4 with two doubles and a walk. Tyler Soderstrom drove in three. The United States scored in every inning but the fourth in a game shortened to seven innings by the slaughter rule.

Korea 5 Netherlands 4

It took 10 innings but the hosts were able to squeak past a stubborn Netherlands team. The Netherlands rallied for four runs in the eighth to tie the game. Despite putting a runner on first and second to start the 10th Netherlands could not score. Korea was able to get their run across after a single by Min Park loaded the bases and Ju-Hong Park drove him in with a SF.

Hyeong-jun So pitched six shutout innings for Korea. The Netherlands were able to score their four runs off the Korean bullpen. Ji-Chan Kim was 4 for 5 with two stolen bases and one run scored for Japan.

Little League World Series - Curacao Versus Louisiana

Sunday, August 25th, 2019

Louisiana had to come up from the loser’s bracket after being beaten by Hawaii in their opening game. They got a piece of revenge yesterday beating Hawaii to make it to the finals. Curacao got a little farther in the winner’s bracket, but lost to Korea in their second game of the Series. They got their revenge on Thursday when they knocked Korea out of the Series. Yesterday they beat Japan in what could be considered an upset. Because both teams had to rise so far up from the loser’s bracket, each team comes into the championship game 5-1.

Curacao 5 Japan 4

The big hit for Curacao was delivered by their slugger Curley Martha, who slugged a two run homerun in the fifth to give Curacao a 5-2 lead. It was the second consecutive game in which Curley has homered and his third for the tournament. That proved to be big because in the bottom of the sixth with Curley on the mound. Japan loaded the bases with two outs. A wild pitch scored one run and an error by the pitcher Curley on the throw home scored a second run, the tying run advancing to third on the play. The next hitter Ryohei Ushikubo lined a pitch into left field that was caught Kevin Rosina to end the game. A big sigh of relief was heard by all from Curacao.

Daiki Koban drove in two runs for Japan with his double in the third inning. Yuto Misaki pitched the last two innings, after the Curley homerun, quieting the Curacao bats to give Japan a chance in the bottom of the sixth. Yuto did not give up a run in his 7.1 innings of work, striking out 12 and allowing just two hits.

Shendrion Martinus got the start for Curacao and went 2.1 innings before yielding to Curley Martha. He gave up two runs. He also drove in two runs with one of his two doubles in the third inning. Jurdrick Profar scored two runs from the leadoff spot to get the offense ignited.

Southwest (River Ridge, Louisiana) 9 West (Wailuku, Hawaii) 5

What started as a pitcher’s duel turned into a slugfest. No runs were scored in the first four innings. 14 runs were scored in the last two innings.

Two errors and two wild pitches allowed River Ridge to score five runs in the fifth. Ryder Planchard drove in the first run for River Ridge with a single after Jeffrey Curtis started the inning with a double. Marshall Louque delivered the big hit of the inning with his two run double. With runners on second and third two wild pitches allowed both runners to score.

Louisiana then appeared to run away with the game in the top of the sixth, scoring four additional runs, Marshall again getting the big hit with a 2-run triple. Ironically, the four RBIs he drove in for this game were the only RBIs for the number three hitter in the tournament. He did score eight runs.

Getting the last out in any game is always tough. And for Louisiana the island boys made it even tougher. Four singles, three walks and a hit by pitch had given them five runs and loaded the bases with just one out. Nakea Kahalehau came up representing the tying run in what would have been the greatest comeback ever in a Little League World Series game, or any game for that matter. Nakea had already delivered two hits in the game. He hit a hard liner to short, but it was caught and Louisiana was able to turn a double play on a tag out at second to end the game.

William Andrade pitched 4.2 innings of shutout ball for Louisiana before turning it over to his bullpen, who almost wasted his effort by giving up five runs in the sixth. Logan Kuloloia pitched four shutout innings for Hawaii before tiring in the fifth and giving up the five spot.

Normally, a team from the loser’s bracket has to beat the team from the winner’s bracket twice to advance to the finals, but not in the Little League World Series. You now have Curacao and Louisiana facing off against each other in the finals, with no team finishing the Series undefeated.

Little League World Series - Down to a Final Four

Friday, August 23rd, 2019

The Little League World Series is down to a final four, two international teams and two teams from the United States.

Caribbean (Curacao) 5 Asia 3

Curacao scored four early runs in the first inning to knock out one Asian superpower in Korea. Next on the agenda is Japan. After Korea had scored a run in the top of the first on a Su-Ho Yang triple Curacao bit back. Three singles loaded the bases with two outs for Clay Winklaar. He came through in the clutch with a grand slam homerun to give Curacao a 4-1 lead. For Winklaar it was his first homerun of the tournament, but he now has 6 RBIs in his last two games.

When Korea came back with two in the top of the third, Curley Martha responded with a solo shot in the bottom frame. Curley was a perfect 2 for 2 with two runs scored. He is hitting .615 for the tournament. He also got the final five outs of the game, striking out all five batters he faced.

Southwest (River Ridge, Louisiana) 10 Southeast (Loudoun County, Virginia) 0

After scoring 9 runs in a loss yesterday to Hawaii, the bats of the Virginia team were silenced by Marshall Louque, who did not allow a hit in five innings of work, striking out eight. Louisiana erupted for seven in the fourth and after scoring two runs in the fifth the game was ended because of the slaughter rule. Marshall made quick work of Loudoun County in the first, making a statement by striking out the side.

Reece Roussel was the big bat for River Ridge, going 4 for 4 with three doubles and a big grand slam homerun in the seven run fourth to finish the game with five RBIs. Reece is hitting .765 for the World Series. The grand slam was his first homerun of the tournament and the three doubles were one more than he hit in his first four games.

River Ridge will now play Hawaii to represent the United States team in the championship.

Little League World Series - Day 7

Thursday, August 22nd, 2019

Some big games yesterday. Below are the results.

Japan 7 Asia (Korea) 2

The two leadoff hitters for Japan Jo Nishizawa and Ryohei Ushikubo stirred the drink for the Japanese offense by getting on base and scoring twice. Daiki Koban, Yuto Kakeba and Taishi Kawaguchi each drove in two runs to spark the offense. Kakeba had the big hit in the bottom of the third with his two run double that broke a 2-2 tie. Yuto Misaki shut down the Korean offense for his 3.1 innings of work. Korea now goes down to the loser’s bracket to face Curacao.

West (Hawaii) 12 Southeast (Virginia) 9

It was a slugfest. Hawaii appeared to have the game in hand when they jumped out to a 8-2 lead but Virginia tied the game in the bottom of the third with a six run rally. Shiloh Gilliland broke a 8-8 tie in the bottom of the fourth with an RBI single. He finished the game with a team high three RBIs. Jaren Pascual put the game away in the top of the fifth with a two run double. Colton Hicks finished the game with three RBIs for Virginia in a losing cause.

Southwest (Louisiana) 4 Mid-Atlantic (New Jersey) 1

Louisiana stayed alive with their win. They got five shutout innings from Egan Prather, who struck out 10 and allowed just one hit. All four runs scored by Louisiana were unearned allowing them to win the game despite getting just three hits. J.R. Rosado was a one man team for New Jersey, tossing all five innings and driving in the only run with a triple on a 2 for 3 day.

Today Korea plays Curacao and Virginia goes against Louisiana.

Little League World Series - Day 6

Wednesday, August 21st, 2019

Myworld has been busy with volleyball tryouts so following the baseball season has been sparse. We have been keeping track of the Little League World Series as they wind down to the final United States team and the International team.

Caribbean (Curacao) 9 Latin America (Venezuela) 2

Both areas are hot beds for baseball. Curacao scored early with five runs in the first two innings then sealed the game with four runs in the sixth to eliminate Venezuela from the World Series. The top of the lineup Jurdrick Profar (3 runs) and Deshandro Tromp (2 runs) scored five and their middle of the lineup Nathan Castillo (3 RBIs), Shendrion Martinus (2 RBIs) and Clay Winklaar (2 RBIs) drove in seven.

Mid-Atlantic (New Jersey) 2 New England (Rhode Island) 0

A classic pitcher’s duel. The New Jersey team trotted out four different pitchers to shut down Rhode Island to just one hit. Rhode Island relied on Miles Fontaine for five shutout innings, but New Jersey was able to figure him out in the sixth. Leadoff hitter Sal Garcia led off the sixth with a double. J.R. Rosado advanced him to third with a single. Rosado took second on defensive indifference and a line out put runners on second and third with one out. A ground out second to first scored Garcia and after an errant throw by the first baseman to get Garcia at home failed Rosado also scored on the throw. Jaydin Capindica got the last out after Mason Crain hit a two out single to bring the tying run to the plate.

Northwest (Oregon) 4 Europe-Africa (Italy) 3

In a third game challenger between two teams that have already been eliminated from the tournament Oregon came away with the victory. In a three run third that proved the difference Oregon scored one run on an error and another on a passed ball. They also scored a run in the first on a wild pitch.

Today Korea and Japan will play to see who will have to go down to the loser’s bracket to play Curacao. On the United States side South Loudoun, Virginia will play Wailuku, Hawaii to determine who will drop to the loser’s bracket to battle the winner of the River Ridge, Louisiana and Elizabeth, New Jersey game.

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)