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Monday, August 3, 2015

Recap of Day 1 at the Senior League World Series

Bangor- The event most of us wait all summer for kicked off Sunday morning at Mansfield Stadium in Bangor with the top teams from around the world convering in the Queen City for the Senior League World Series.  Here is a short recap of todays action:

In the opening game of the World Series defending champion from the US Southwest Houston, Texas needed 12 innings to defeat the tournaments newcomber Nogales, Arizona, the Western Champion, 5-4.

Alec Acevedo hit a long fly ball double to left field to score 2 runs, shortly followed by a German Rodriguez RBI single to make it 3-0 Arizona in the 3rd inning.  Texas would respond on a 2 run single by Joe Gobillot and an RBI single from Turner Gauntt in the 5th inning to knot the score 3-3.

The two teams battled to a tie into extra innings.  In the top of the 8th Texas would take their first lead of the contest at 4-3 on an RBI sacrifice fly from Jacob Millender.  Arizona wouldn't go down easy as Mike Gerardo lined a 2 out RBI double to left to keep the game going, tying the score once again at 4-4.

Texas would recapture the lead again in the top of the 12th on a soft line drive RBI single to right field by Barron Brown to make it 5-4. Arizona would threaten in the bottom half but a rare 6-5-6 double play with two men on base and one out would end the game as Texas would advance into the winners bracket.

The winning pitcher was Jimmy Winston who went 4 innings, allowing 2 hits, 0 runs, walking 4 and striking out 1.  The tough luck loser was Paulo Rodriguez going 1.1 innings, allowing 2 hits, 1 run, walking 2 and striking out 1.  Arizona pitching walked 15 Texas batters while the Texas team left a total of 23 runners on base in the 3 hour, 44 minute marathon to kick off the tournament.  Texas will now face Dumfries, Virginia at 10 am Monday while Arizona will face Latin America at 5 pm Monday in the losers bracket.

In Game two the team from Asia-Pacific took advantage of 5 Italy errors with some timely hitting in a 10-5 win.

Franko Nakamura opened the scoring with an RBI double, followed by an RBI groundout by Henry Lizama and then an Italy error which allowed 2 more runs to score to make 4-0 Asia-Pacific after 1 inning of play.

Italy would get RBI hits from Frederico Proietti and Yuri Sarrocco to make it 4-2 and then add another RBI on a triple from Leonardo Ceppari to cut the lead to 4-3 in the top of the 3rd inning. Asia- Pacific would break the game open in the bottom of inning 4, getting an RBI single from Joaquin Chong, a bunt single RBI from Lizama and a 2 run single from Roke Tenario to make it 8-3.

Additional RBI's for Asia- Pacific would come from Ethan Babauta and Lorenzo Sebaklim while Italy got a fielders choice RBI hit from Leonardo Bulfone and an RBI single from Piero Cianfrigua to finish the scoring.

Lizama got the win on the hill for Asia-Pacific going 2 innings allowing 0 hits 0 runs while walking 1 and striking out 2.  Andrea Campagna took the loss going 3.2 innings and allowing 5 hits 7 runs 4 earned while walking 1 and striking out 1.  Italy committed 5 errors in their opening game loss. Asia-Pacific will face Maine on Monday at 1 pm while Italy will play in the losers bracket at 8 pm Monday vs Canada.

In Game 3, Central USA Champion from Holmes County, Ohio held off a late rally from Canadian champion Regina, Sascatchewan to pick up a 6-3 win.

Bryan Yoder got the scoring started in the bottom of the 1st with an line drive RBI single to right center field.  Camerion Miller made it 2-0 with a sacrifice fly RBI in the 2nd and Yoder picked up his second RBI of the night with a sacrifice fly in the 3rd to make it 3-0 Ohio.

Tyson Gingerich made it 4-0 on a fielders choice RBI in the 4th an then an error and a RBI single to left field by Noah Summers put Ohio in the drivers seat at 6-0 in the 5th inning.

Canada would make a stong push taking advantage of 4 walks by Ohio reliever Braden Mast.  Brian So got hit by a pitch on the first pitch he saw from Cordell Miller with the bases loaded to make it 6-1 and then Adam Decorby hit a hard 2 run single to right field to cut the lead to 6-3 but Canada couldn't muster anymore offense as Derek Miller came in to shut the door picking up the save in the 7th inning.

Mitch Massaro got the win on the hill and was very dominant over his 5 innings pitched, allowing just 3 hits 0 runs walking 1 and striking out 5.  Dylan Bells took the loss for Canada throwing 2.2 innings allowing 2 hits 3 runs walking 1 and striking out 1. Holmes County, Ohio will face the Asia-Pacific/Maine winner on Tuesday night at 8 pm while Canada will play Italy at 8 pm Monday in a elimination losers bracket game.

In the final game of the day, it was yet another extra inning game that spilled into Monday morning as US East champion Upper Moreland, Pennsylvania outlasted the Latin American champion Willemstad, Curacao by a score of 3-0 in 10 innings.

Latin America, who played in the title game last year against West University, Texas and was the runner up, got a strong pitching performance from Christopher Koeiman who allowed only 2 hits in 8.2 innings pitched with 0 runs allowed 0 walks and 7 strikeouts.

Upper Moreland starter Brandon Kohn kept the game scoreless as he pitched 6.2 innings with 7 hits allowed 2 walks and 3 strikeouts.

Pennsylvania broke on the scoreboard in the top of the 10th inning on RBI singles by Nick Deluas and Nick Lowry after the bases were walked full with 1 out.  An error by Latin America would allow another run to come across to make it 3-0.

Latin America got a leadoff hit in the bottom half of the inning but then was set down 1-2-3 by Kevin Walder who earned the victory in relief.  Latin America outhit Pennsylvania 10-4 and got 2 hits from Siamari Buckhoudt and 4 hits in 4 plate appearances by Ralison Bentura.

Walders final pitch line in victory was 3.1 innings 3 hits 0 runs 2 walks and 1 strikeout.  Geedion Jakob took the loss in relief of Koeiman by allowing 2 earned run in 1.1 inning pitched including 3 big walks that proved costly and 1 strikeout.

Upper Moreland now advances to a winners bracket game on Tuesday at 5 pm agains the winner of West University Houston, Texas and Dumfries, Virginia. Latin America will face Arizona in a losers bracket contest on Monday at 5 pm.