The winning teams from the first two days of the Little League World Series were pitted against each other on this day. The results:
United States bracket
Billings, MT 3, Lafayette, LA 1
Huntington Beach, CA 10, La Grange, KY 0 (4 innings)
Maracay, Venezuela 8, Langley, Canada 0
Mexicali, Mexico 3, Hamamatsu, Japan, 2 (7 innings)
How they reached this point
Billings, MT, won the Northwest Region. They defeated Rapid City, SD, in their first game, behind a four-run rally in the fourth inning. Conner Kieckbusch smacked a two-run single and winning pitcher Cole McKenzie cracked a two-run double. Kieckbusch quelled two Rapid City rallies with great defensive plays. Patrick Zimmer shut out Lafayette, LA, for five innings to get the win in their second game. Ben Askelson broke the scoreless tie with a third inning two-run double. Ian Leatherberry doubled home an insurance run in the 3-1 win.
Lafayette, LA, won the Southwest Region. In their opening game, they defeated Warner Robins, GA, 2-0. Brad Hines pitched five shutout innings. Haden Erbe relieved with the bases loaded in the sixth and retired the side to save the win. Tyler Miller got the key hit, a fourth-inning triple. He scored on a squeeze bunt. Against Billings in the second game, Erbe started and held the Northwest champs to two runs. But his mates were unable to instigate any rally as they fell, 3-1.
Huntington Beach, CA, won the West Region. They bounced Cumberland, RI, 11-0 in their first game. Braydon Salzman, the first of three pitchers contributing to the shutout, helped himself at the plate, driving in one run and scoring three runs. Hagen Danner went 2-4 with a triple and Trevor Windisch drove in three runs. Danner was the winning pitcher as they clubbed La Grange, KY, 10-0 in four innings. Nick Pratto and Ryo Takada each drove in two runs and doubled. Salzman and Jason Mayorga added two hits each.
La Grange, KY, won the Great Lakes Region. Pitcher Griffin McLarty did it all in their first game 1-0 win over Clinton County, PA. McLarty hit a first-inning homer for the only run of the game and proceeded to strike out 12. He benefitted from a strong defense that threw two runners out trying to score. Without McLarty on the mound, they didn’t fare so well against Huntington Beach, CA, losing 10-0 in four innings.
Maracay, Venezuela won the Latin America Region. They’ve had great pitching in both their wins, topping Rotterdam, Netherlands, 6-1 in their first game and shutting out Canada 8-0. Keny Marquez was the winning pitcher against Rotterdam. He benefited from the slugging of Omar Conoropo Jr., who hit a home run and drove in three runs, and Yonny Hernandez, who knocked in two runs. Jothson Flores was the first of three pitchers who combined for the 8-0 shutout against Langley, Canada. Hernandez came up big with the bat again, slamming two home runs and driving in four runs. Neil Prieto hit a solo home run.
Langley, British Columbia, won the Canada Region. They dug themselves a big hole in their first game, giving up a five-run inning to Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, but stormed back to win 6-5 with the help of a four-run final inning. Cole Cantelon went 3-3 and drove in three runs to pace the Canadians. He also pitched 1 2/3 innings of scoreless relief to get the win. They were completely stymied by the Maracay, Venezuela, pitchers in their 8-0 second game loss.
Hamamatsu won the Japan Region. Edogawa Minami LL, Tokyo, won the 2010 LLWS, so Hamamatsu is representing the region as defending champion. They lived up to that notice in their first game 12-1 drubbing of Aruba. Pitcher Yoshiki Suzuki hit a grand slam homer. Mitsuhiro Uchida had three hits and drove in three runs.
Mexicali, Baja California, won the Mexico Region. In their first game, pitcher Jorge Jacobo shut out the strong Ching-Tang, Taipei, team 3-0. It was the first time in 55 games that a Taipei representative had been whitewashed. Jacobo struck out 12 and helped his cause with a double, an RBI and a run scored.
The game of the LLWS (so far) Mexicali 3, Hamamatsu 2 (7 innings)
In 2010, the representatives of Japan and Mexico battled to the wire before the Japanese team triumphed. The renewal of this rivalry, with different teams representing the two regions, met expectations.
Hamamatsu scored twice in the first inning. Matsuhiro Uchido opened the game with a single and came around to score on misplays of Yoshiki Suzuki’s grounder. Kaito Suzuki ran for Yoshiki Suzuki and scored when Selya Fugita’s grounder was misplayed.
Mexicali evened the game in the second inning. Victor Bejarano doubled home Ulises Rodriguez with the first run. Kenet Delgado scored the tying run on Carlos Arrellano’s grounder.
Yoskiki Suzuki and Mexicali’s Alonso Garcia matched pitches from the second inning on. In the bottom of the seventh, Jorge Jacobo singled and came around to score on a single by Bruno Ruiz. The Mexicali win evened the score for last year’s defeat by Mexico’s team in the International bracket finals against the Japan team.
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