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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 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.

Little League World Series - Day Three

Sunday, August 18th, 2019

Day three of the Little League World Series were all loser’s bracket games. A loss eliminated a team from the bracket, though they will still get to play one more consolation game.

Latin America (Venezuela) 2 Australia 0

It is the second game Australia has been shut out. Randy Soto pitched a complete game three hitter striking out four. Australia also had a complete game from their pitcher Max Miotto. He gave up back to back doubles to Ibrahim Ruiz and Hendrik Maestre in the second to seal his fate. Moises Concho drove in an insurance run in the fifth with a single.

Canada (British Colombia) 10 Europe (Italy) 0

Italy also failed to score for their second straight game. The game was ended after four once Canada exploded for five runs in the top of the fourth. Matt Shirley drove in three runs with two doubles.

New England (Barrington, Rhode Island) 6 Great Lakes (Bowling Green Kentucky) 1

Barrington faced some controversy from the first game for allegedly stealing signs, even though they lost the game. This time Lucas Tanous led the Rhode Island team to victory with his bat, recording three hits, two of them doubles to drive in three runs. Owen Pfeffer went the full six innings to get the win. A four run fourth, highlighted by a Tanous double put the game out of reach.

Southwest (River Ridge, Louisiana) 3 Northwest (Salem, Oregon) 2

River Ridge eliminated Salem. Both teams scored all their runs in the third inning. Reece Rousel had the big hit for River Ridge with a two run double.

Brewers Outslug Nationals 15-13

Sunday, August 18th, 2019

The balls were flying out of Nats Park Friday night. Sean Doolitle came into pitch with a three run lead and he threw five strikes to the first four hitters he faced. He gave up three homeruns and a double into the gap. The last homerun, the eleventh in the game, was the game winner by Eric Thames, a two run shot in the top of the 14th inning to give the Brewers a 15-14 win. The Nationals scored one in the bottom of the 14th and had the go ahead run of first, with the tying run on third, but ran out of position players and had to pinch hit Joe Ross for Javy Guerra. He struck out to end the game.

The game started out innocently enough with the Brewers erupting for five runs in the top of the third off Anibal Sanchez without benefit of a homerun. With one out Anibal walked the pitcher Jordan Lyles and the leadoff man Trent Grisham. That proved costly as five consecutive hits, four singles and one double plated five runs for the Brewers to jump into a 5-0 lead.

The Nationals were the first to hit the ball out of the park. That came on a two run homer from Juan Soto in the bottom of the third, a ball that just reached the left field bleachers. The Nationals got three more in the bottom of the fourth and tied the game on a three run homer from Adam Eaton into the right field bullpen. What appeared to be a Brewer rout early was now a game.

The Brewers got their first homerun when Ryan Braun hit a ball off the top of the right field bleachers off Matt Grace. The umpires originally ruled it a double, but after review they reversed the call and gave Braun the homerun. Matt Grace gave up another homerun in the top of the sixth, hit by lefthander Trent Grisham to give the Brewers an 8-5 lead. That was it for Grace. As he left the mound the crowd was roaring something other than “Doooo”.

Just when they thought they had gained the momentum the Nationals struck back off Freddy Peralta, who could not get anyone out. Kurt Suzuki led off the inning with a double off the right field scoreboard. Victor Robles followed with a run scoring blooper down the left field line that he turned into a double. Peralta walked Howie Kendrick and then Trea Turner turned on a Peralta pitch and lined it into the left field bleachers just to the right of the left field foul pole for a three run homerun. The Nationals had the lead for the first time 9-8.

It appeared the Nationals put the game away in the seventh when Howie Kendrick launched a ball into the centerfield bleachers for a two run homerun and a 11-8 lead. Fernando Rodney retired the Brewers in order in the eighth. Doolittle had pitched the day before. Most in the stands wanted a rest day for Doolittle and felt a three run lead was enough for Daniel Hudson to pitch, but on came Doolittle.

He got behind Christian Yelich 1-0 and Yelich hit homer number 40 on the next pitch into the left field bleachers. He got behind Keston Hiura 2-0 and Keston ripped the next pitch into the left centerfield gap for a double. He got behind Mike Moustakas 2-1 and the Moose tied the game rifling a pitch over the center field wall. Not wanting to get behind anymore Doolittle threw his first pitch to Ryan Braun across the plate and Braun sent it deep into the left field bleachers to give the Brewers a 12-11 lead. Doolittle did face one more hitter, Eric Thames, who got the barrel of the bat on the ball and hit one deep into center, but Robles was able to catch the ball. That was it for the Doo.

Josh Hader came on to seal the game in the bottom of the ninth. Yan Gomes drew a walk. No pinch runner but no bench players left for Davey. Kurt Suzuki lined a 2-0 pitch into leftfield. Gomes raced for third and the throw from Braun was way off line. Suzuki advanced to second. Now you had two catchers on base. There had to be a pitcher that was faster than Suzuki on second who represented the winning run. Victor lined a single into right field to score Gomes but Suzuki was held at third. Robles advanced to second on the throw because the throw went home to get Suzuki. Robles run meant nothing. Kendrick was walked intentionally to lead the bases with no outs. Trea Turner ran the count to 3-2, even fouling a pitch into the left field bleachers but just foul. He swung and missed for strike three. Adam Eaton was overmatched against the lefty Hader, failing to make contact on three pitches. Anthony Rendon came up with two outs and he too struck out. Extra innings.

The Brewers got another homerun from Christian Yelich in the top of the 13th to take the lead again. The Nationals made it four comebacks with a Victor Robles sacrifice fly to tie the game.

A two run homerun from Eric Thames in the top of the 14th to make it 15-13 appeared to seal the deal. The Nationals still battled back thanks to a throwing error by Keston Hiura with two out that allowed one run to score and advance Soto to second. The Brewers chose to walk Asdrubal Cabrera intentionally to put the game winning run on base, knowing the pitcher’s spot was coming up next and the Nationals had no position players left to pinch hit. Davey pinch hit Joe Ross for Javy Guerra and he struck out. No fifth come back was in the cards because the Nationals had run out of players.

Game Notes: Victor Robles threw out two runners at second, Mike Moustakas and Keston Hiura, who were trying to turn singles into doubles. That is four assists for Robles in the week….After Joe Ross pinch hit for Javy Guerra the Nationals had run out of bullpen pitchers. If the Nationals had tied it would Davey had pitched Joe Ross in the 15th…Patrick Corbin had pitched the previous night. It was Patrick Corbin bobble head tonight…Christian Yelich inched closer to becoming the first player in major league history to 50/30 by hitting two homeruns and stealing a base to put him at 41/24…Both Hader and Doolittle are struggling. Hader has blown four of his last five save appearances with an ERA of 10.50 in his last seven appearances. Doolittle has given up seven homeruns in his last 10 appearances and seen his ERA rise to a non closer like 4.33. In his last seven appearances his ERA is 15.00, even though he has been credited with four saves during that time…The Nationals gave up five homeruns after the ninth inning, which tied a major league record, another one of many homerun records being broken or tied this year. Who says the ball is not juiced?…Other than Sean Doolittle Matt Grace is the lone lefty in the Nationals bullpen. He has given up 11 homeruns in 44 innings. Lefthanders are hitting .313 against him (righthanders .320). He is not too successful at getting anyone out.

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.

Kepler Breaks European Homerun Record

Friday, August 16th, 2019

The 2019 season is seeing a number of homerun records broken. The Yankees hitting the most homeruns against one team (Orioles) and Gleyber Torres hitting the most homeruns against one team (Orioles). The Minnesota Twins approaching the single season homerun record for one season. And on and on it goes. Don’t know if anyone believes the ball is not juiced. With all these homeruns something is juiced and the players are taking drug tests so we have to hope it is not them.

A new homerun record was broken tonight, the most homeruns hit by a European player during a season. Bobby Thompson, born in Scotland hit 32 homeruns during the 1951 season, the same season he hit the shot heard round the world that clinched the pennant for the Brooklyn Dodgers. Max Kepler broke that record with his blast tonight giving him 33 on the season. Kepler was born in Germany and has been having a break out season for the Twins this year.

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.