Great Lakes Shakes off Europe-Africa 11-7
It looked like it was going to be a high-scoring affair after the first inning of the Europe-Africa/Great Lakes game, but Great Lakes held on for an 11-7 victory.
Europe-Africa burst right out of the gates by scoring six runs in the top first, with a double by Nicola Spagnolo and singles by Lorenzo Bacci, Riccardo Nepoti, Sebastiano Catellani and Cristian Laghi.
But in the bottom first, Great Lakes roared back to take the lead with seven runs. Jordan Arseneau kicked off the quick comeback with a three-run homer, followed by Adam Ayrault hitting a 2-RBI double and scoring on an outfield error. Both players also pitched, with Arseneau getting the win and Ayrault striking out four in relief. Nepoti also pitched for Europe-Africa, registering five strikeouts in two innings.
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After Europe-Africa tied the game in the next inning, with an RBI single by Spagnolo, Great Lakes pulled ahead for good 8-7 thanks to a double by Tommy Schoeck (3-3, 2 runs scored) and an RBI single by Joseph Wisniewski.
Great Lakes scored three insurance runs to seal the win in the fourth due to a home run by Schoeck and an RBI double by Jack Jones, scoring Matthew Greene, who also doubled. Tommy Harris scored on an RBI single by Schoeck in the bottom fifth.
Mexico Victorious in 1-0 Pitching Showdown
It was an old-fashioned pitching duel when Mexico defeated Asia-Pacific 1-0, with only one hit by each team. Mexico saw winning pitcher Jorge Garcia strike out five over four innings and Andre Garza striking out an additional five over two innings. Garza also tallied three consecutive Ks to end the game.
Asia-Pacific pitcher Kyum Ahn struck out four over 2.2 innings but walked four, with Mexico’s winning run scored in the top third. Jinwon Shin, SeongHyeon Lee and Hosung Lee combined to keep the score close the rest of the game. Kyum Ahn got the lone hit for Asia-Pacific.
Neither team really threatened to score for the remainder of the game, with Mexico and Asia-Pacific’s sensational pitching and sharp fielders keeping the score close. The majority of pop-ups rarely made it past the infield, while Asia-Pacific had seven runners left on base and Mexico stranded five.
Mid-Atlantic Wins Scoring Skirmish 12-9
Mid-Atlantic jumped out to a sizable lead on its way to a 12-9 victory over West. The contest was a slugfest, with Mid-Atlantic totaling 16 hits against West’s 11. Though West had a 1-0 lead after the first inning, Mid-Atlantic offense pulled ahead 3-1 in the second, with R.J. Vashey (3-4, 4 RBIs) hitting a home run along with a two-run blast by Charlie Meglio (2-4, 2 RBI).
In the third inning Mid-Atlantic packed an offensive wallop, scoring nine runs that were too much for West to overcome. Vashey slugged a two-run homer, while Chris Andrews and J.R. Osmond (2-3, 2 RBIs) doubled, plus Garrett Drew (2-3, 2 runs), Anthony Abbonizio, Tai Mann, Chris Cartnick and Vashney all singled for a 12-1 lead.
West tried to rally in the bottom third, scoring five runs thanks to a double by Drew Rutter (2-4, 3 RBIs), and singles from Tyler Ankrum (2-3), Joey Gray (2-3), Mason Kellerman, A.J. Gamulao (2-3) and Danny Lawler, plus an RBI fielder’s choice from Matt Haddad.
Mid-Atlantic pitcher Chris Cartnick got the win, hurling 8 strikeouts in 3.1 innings. Both he and West’s Tommy Woods stopped the scoring until the bottom of the sixth.
Then, Rutter doubled, scoring Bobby Gray and Ankrum. After Joey Gray singled and Rutter advanced to third, Mid-Atlantic fielded a double play on a Kellerman grounder, though Rutter scored. Shortstop Ryan Kinsman and first baseman Vashey turned two, and another groundout ended the game.
Latin America Rallies Big for 3-2 Victory
Latin America dramatically broke out of a defensive battle to win 3-2 over Caribbean. Down 2-1 in the bottom of the sixth with one out, Omar Romero drilled a line drive that went for a triple, scoring pinch runner Daniel Acurero and Jorge Daboin (1-1), who walked.
Caribbean pitchers Esmil Collado and Edward Uceta combined for six strikeouts and only four walks, while Latin America’s Dario Cardozo and winning pitcher Jorge Daboin also tossed six Ks over three innings each, allowing just one hit. At the plate, Daboin also hit a double.
Caribbean took two runs in the first inning, with Jesus Chevalier and Angel Genao (1-2) scoring on passed balls. Afterward, the Latin America pitchers settled down to blank Caribbean the rest of the way.
Pitchers Uceta and Daboin then kept the game close the rest of the way.
Each team’s defense was stout, as well, with Latin America shortstop Juan Faria and first baseman Moises Molero (1-2) combining for two double plays, in addition to third basemen Rosario and Jhann Bozo guarding the corner. For Caribbean, outfielders Chevalier and Benny Triunfel, shortstop Genao, second baseman Erick Torres and third baseman Dariel Salas made plays to preserve the early lead, with zero errors.
New England Blasts Northwest 14-6
New England won 14-6 over Northwest as the bats were as scorching as the summer heat. New England collected 12 hits, with Michael Iannazzo (3-3, 1 HR, 3 RBIs, 2 runs), Christian Smith (1-2, 1 HR, 3 RBIs) and Ethan Righter (2-4, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 2 runs) leading the way, and Troy Ashkinos (1-2), Sean O'Neil (1-2, 2 RBI) and Aidan Rivera (1-2, 1 RBI, 1 run) contributing with doubles.
New England pitcher Tyler Bauer got the win, striking out seven and walking one over five innings. Bauer also scored two runs at the plate. In relief, Matthew Vivona kept Northwest in check during the final inning, striking out two.
While the game was tied 2-2 after two innings, and Northwest held a three-run lead in the third, New England exploded for eight runs in the bottom fourth with a three-run homer by Smith and RBIs from Righter, Iannazzo and Rivera, plus two scores on a wild pitch and one of four errors by Northwest.
Northwest got within four due to a home run by Thomsen in the top fifth, but New England pulled away with four more scores. Iannazzo slugged a two-run homer, followed by Ashkinos and Bauer scoring on a fielder’s error, hit by O’Neil.
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