Walk-off Homer in Bottom of 9th Propels New Jersey to Championship Game

dated August 5, 2017

Max Baer Park, Livermore CA
by Todd Reddick

Freehold Township Little League from Freehold, New Jersey used the long ball for late game heroics for the second straight game.

In a fantastic, well played Little League game, Central East Maui Little League from Wailuku, Hawaii tied the game 4-4 in the top of the seventh tying when Jayke Contero scored on a ground out after initially reaching base by way of a walk.

When Hawaii turned a double play in the bottom half of the inning, we would see the US Championship game go into extra innings.

The only action in the 8th inning was a single walk, but the 9th would be a different story.

Hawaii would get runners on second and third with two outs, and leadoff batter Keoin Painter hit a ground ball in the hole on the left side of the infield.  New Jersey shortstop ranged to his right, made a backhand and a strong throw to 1st to narrowly get the runner on the defensive play of the game.

Mario Rivera III got another key late-game hit to reach 1st on a single with one out.  And then Zach Gorman stepped up to the plate.  After a very good regional tournament, Zach had struggled at the plate in Livermore.  Coming into the at-bat, he was just 3-19 with no extra base hits and only one RBI.    But that all changed with one swing of the bat.

After taking the first pitch for a ball, he hit an inside fastball over the left field fence for a game-winning, walk-off homer to send Freehold Little League into the 2017 Intermediate Championship against Puerto Rico.

For New Jersey, Jonathan Olik was fantastic on the mound, going 5 2/3 innings and allowing only 5 hits and 2 walks.

 

Pictured are Zach Gorman, Manager Jeff Gorman, and Jonathan Olik.

New Jersey will play in the 2017 Intermediate Championship game against Puerto Rico on Sunday August 6th at 6pm PST.


Puerto Rico wins 10-2 to advance to 2017 Intermediate Championship Game

dated August 5, 2017

Max Baer Park, Livermore CA
by Todd Reddick

Radames Lopez Little League from Guayama, Puerto Rico came into the International Championship undefeated, and looking to advance to the Intermediate Championship game for the second time in five years.

But to get there, they would need to beat the team from Cacique Mara Little League from Maracaibo, Venezuela for a second time in the tournament.

Venezuela scored two unearned runs in the bottom of the fifth, and took a 2-1 lead.  Puerto Rico Manager Henry Torres admitted that there were some anxious times at that moment.

But Puerto Rico responded with 7 runs in the top of the 6th, as Peter Vasquez homered to tie the game and three batters later Jorge Rodriguez hit a 2-run homer.

Peter Vasquez went 2-2 with 2 RBIs and 2 runs, Jorge Rodriguez was 2-3 with a walk, 2 RBI and 2 runs, and Yeneil Rodriquez was 2-3 with 3 RBI.

John Bermudez was dominant on the mound, pitching 4 2/3 innings, while giving up no earned runs, and only 3 hits and 1 BB while striking out 4.

For Venezuela, Newremberg Rondon pitched equally as well, going 4 innings, surrendering only one run, 2 hits, and no walks while striking out 8.

Pictured are Jorge Rodriguez, Manager Henry Torres, and Peter Vasquez.

Puerto Rico’s next game will be in the 2017 Intermediate Championship game on Sunday August 6th at 6pm PST.


Pat Burns hits game-tying Grand Slam in 7th; East scores in 8th inning to Win 5-4

dated August 3, 2017

Max Baer Park, Livermore CA
by Todd Reddick

Host Danville Little League had played a great game, and with a 4-0 lead in the top of the sixth, were only one out from advancing to the Intermediate US Championship game for the first time in their history.  And then everything changed.

Mario Rivera III started the rally for Freehold Township Little League with a single.  Zach Gorman followed with a single after being down to his final strike.  Jayce Shapiro also got down to his final strike before lining a single to right field.

Up stepped Pat Burns.  He took the first pitch for a ball.  And then made a memory that will last forever.  He hit a high fastball over the center field fence for a game-tying, 2-out grand slam.

The game stayed tied through the 7th, and then again with two outs, Freehold made some noise.  JJ Donahue worked a 4-pitch walk, and took second on a passed ball.  And then Mario Riviera III, who started the 7th inning rally, hit a line drive to right field that scored JJ with the go-ahead run.  Zach Gorman struck out all three Danville batters in the bottom half of the inning, and the New Jersey team will move on to the US Championship game on Saturday.

 

For New Jersey, they managed 16 hits in total for the game, led by three hits each from Pat Burns, Mario Rivera III and Jonathan Olik.

Zach Gorman also had a great day pitching, going 6 innings with 12 strikeouts, allowing only one earned run on 4 hits and no walks.

For host Danville, Tyler Afdahl went 2-3 with a home run and two runs scored, and Cole Boscia also went 2-3.

Tyler Beach pitched a very strong 4 1/3 innings, allowing no runs, 3 hits and no walks, while striking out 3.

Pictured are Zach Gorman, Manager Jeff Gorman, Patrick Burns.

New Jersey’s next game will be Saturday August 5th at 5pm PST in the US Championship game against Hawaii.


Venezuela shuts out South Korea, 2-0, to advance to Intl Championship Game

dated August 3, 2017

Max Baer Park, Livermore CA
by Todd Reddick

Omar Hernandez would not allow his team from Cacique Mara Little League from Maracaibo, Venezuela be eliminated.

Omar held powerful West Seoul Little League from Seoul, South Korea to no runs, 5 hits and no walks in 6 2/3 innings, while striking out 7.

Venezuela scored both their runs on back-to-back RBIs in the 4th inning, courtesy of a Jackson Choirio single followed by a double from Newremberg Rondon.

For South Korea, Min-Jae Lee and Yun-Jae Yu both had two hits.

Pictured are Jackson Chourio, Manager Jackson Chourio, and Omar Hernandez.

Latin America’s next game will be Saturday August 5th at 1pm PST in the International Championship game.


Canada gets first win of World Series, beats Indiana 6-0

dated August 3, 2017

Max Baer Park, Livermore CA
by Todd Reddick

In the second consolation game, Diamond Baseball Little League from Mirabel, Quebec beat Highlander Youth Recreation Little League from Georgetown, Indiana, 6-0.

Diamond Baseball Little League, which was just started in 2016 by manager Benoit Blais and currently has approximately 110 kids, got Quebec’s first win in a Little League World Series game.  Benoit described the experience “a dream come true”.

Alex Blais went 4-4 with 2 runs, and Isaac Beaudoin was 3-4 with two double, a triple, 2 runs and 2 RBIs.   On the mound, Xavier Cere pitched 5 2/3 innings, surrending no runs, and only 2 hits and 3 walks while striking out 8 batters.

For Indiana, Maxwel Tripure and Jacob Thompson each had a hit.

Pictured are Alex Blais, Manager Benoit Blais, and Isaac Beaudin.


Florida gets first win of tournament, beating France 10-6

dated August 3, 2017

Max Baer Park, Livermore CA
by Todd Reddick

In a consolation game, North Palm Beach County Little League from North Palm Beach, Florida matched up against Ile-de-France Little League from Paris, France.

France jumped out to an early 3-run lead, but Florida came back with 9 runs in the last three innings to get their first win of the tournament, 10-6.

For Florida, Drake Flowers went 3-3, with a walk, 2 RBIs and 2 runs, and Jake Bello hit a home-run and double, finishing 2-2 with 3 RBI. Nicky Espinoza also went 2-4 with 2 RBI.

France was making their first trip to the Intermediate World Series, and although they did not get a win, they were very impressive.  Phillip Bird led the offense, going 3-3 with a home run and 2 RBI.  Mathis and Tanguy Meurant also had two hits each.

Pictured are Jack Bello, Manager John Iervolino, and Drake Flowers.

 


Hawaii beats Host Danville in tight game, 2-0

dated August 2, 2017

Max Baer Park, Livermore CA
by Todd Reddick

Central East Maui from Wailuku, Hawaii got their first batter on base by way of a walk, and four pitches later he scored without a ball put in play.

For the next six innings, Hawaii and the host Danville Little League team from Danville, CA played scoreless baseball with excellent pitching and defense.

Kelton Tom provided a 2-out, RBI single in the top of the 7th, and Hawaii closed it out for a 2-0 win to remain unbeaten.

Keoni Painter pitched 4 2/3 innings for Hawaii, giving up only one hit, one walk, no runs and striking ou 11.  Zachary Pascual pithed the remaining 2 1/3, giving up only two hits and striking out four. Keoni admitted to some early nerves before the game, but you would never know it from the way he pitched.  He had both his fastball and curve working well today.

For Danville, Calvin Chang was excellent, pitching 4 innings and giving up no earned runs, 1 hit, 2 walks, and 6 strikeouts.

Coach Jaime Aloy said that this was the closest game that they have played the entire tournament.

Pictured are Keoni Painter, Coach Jamie Aloy and Zach Pascual.

Hawaii will play next on Saturday, August 5th at 5PM PST in the US Championship game on ESPN3.

Danville will play its next game on Thursday August 3rd at 6pm PST.

 

For more information, visit the tournament website at www.lliws.org.


Puerto Rico scores two in 5th to beat South Korea, 6-4

dated August 2, 2017

Max Baer Park, Livermore CA
by Todd Reddick

The start to the game between Radames Lopez Little League from Guayaman, Puerto Rico and West Seoul Little League from Seoul, South Korea was not pretty.  Puerto Rico entered the top of the 5th with a 4-1 lead, with the 5 runs being scored by way of a walk, error, wild pitch, another error, and a hit-by-pitch.

South Korea stormed back in the 5th to scores three runs, which included a 2-run single by Min-Jae Lee, to tie the score at 4-4.

But Edwin Sanchez hit an RBI-double, which was immediately followed by an RBI-single from Pedro Gonzalez to give Puerto Rico a 6-4 lead which would ultimately be the final score.

John Bermudez was 2-2 with 2 walks, 2 runs, and an RBI for Puerto Rico.  Edwin Sanchez was dominant on the mound, pitching the first complete game of the tournament, giving up 0 earned runs, 2 hits, 1 walk, and striking out 5.

 

Pictured are John Bermudez, Manager Henry Torres, and Edwin Sanchez.

Puerto Rico will play next on Saturday, August 5th at 1PM PST in the International Championship game on ESPN3.

South Korea will play its next game on Thursday August 3rd at 3pm PST.

 

For more information, visit the tournament website at www.lliws.org.


New Jersey wins Close Game 2-0 over Texas

dated August 2, 2017

Max Baer Park, Livermore CA
by Todd Reddick

Freehold Township Little League from Freehold, New Jersey has seen their usual solid hitting remain quiet in Livermore.  So in order to stay alive in the tournament, they were going to need to continue to play good defense and have some very good pitching.  Which is exactly what they did.

In one of the best pitching performances of the tournament to date, John Abrahamsen put on a clinic.  He pitched 6 innings, allowing 0 runs, 4 hits and no walks to shutdown Western Little League from San Angelo, Texas.  And he did it with a very efficient 67 pitches.  He only went to 3 balls on two hitters the entire day.

John said his fastball was his best pitch today, and he was hitting his spots.

Manager Jeff Gorman said it was not the team’s best game, but John’s effort was outstanding.

The New Jersey offense only had four hits, but they combined that with 5 walks to manage to squeak across 2 runs, which is all they needed today.  Connor Morie had the best day at the plate, going 1-1 with a double and walk.

For Texas, they too had great pitching.  Cayden Box went 4 1/3, allowing only 4 hits, 2 walks and 1 earned run, and Kayden Hameister threw 2 2/3 innings, allowing no hits and no runs.  Unfortunately, their tournament is now over.

Pictured are Connor Morie, Manager Jeff Gorman, and John Abrahmsen.

New Jersey will play its next game on Thursday August 3rd at 6pm PST.

 

For more information, visit the tournament website at www.lliws.org.


Venezuela Stays Alive in Tournament with 6-3 Win over Canada

dated August 2, 2017

Max Baer Park, Livermore CA
by Todd Reddick

Cacique Mara Little League from Maracaibo, Venezuela was all tied up with Diamond Baseball Little League from Mirabell, Quebec after four innings, 2-2. In this elimination game, the winner advances while the tournament ends for the loser.

In the bottom of the 5th, Newremberg Rodon came to the plate with two on and two outs. After a first-pitch ball, the next pitch he saw was a high fastball, and he hit his second home run of the tournament to deep center field to break the tie and give Venezuela a 6-3 lead that would end up being the final score.

Prior to this World Series, Newremberg had not hit a home run all year. Now he has two homers on the year, and this was by far the biggest. Jackson Chourio also had a big game, going 2-2 with a RBI, walk, and scoring 3 runs.

Luis Fuenmayor was dominant on the mound. In 5 1/3 innings, he did not allow an earned run, surrendering only 2 hits while striking out 4 batters. He said he felt relaxed on the rubber, and his best pitch today was his fastball.

Manager Jackson Chourio said his team felt a little too relaxed when the tournament begun, but the team has been more focused since the first game. He also said that all the families and friends are back home watching all the games on the livestream feed.

This team has only been together since November of last year, with 5 or 6 new players from the 2016 team.

Pictured are Newremberg Rondon, Manager Jackson Chourio, and Luis Fuenmajor.

Venezuela will play its next game game on Thursday August 3rd at 3pm PST.

Canada will play a consolation game on Thursday August 3rd at 12pm PST against Indiana

For more information, visit the tournament website at www.lliws.org.