July 31, 2016
On a beautiful, warm Sunday, the 2016 Intermediate World Series kicked off with 4 games at Max Baer Park in Livermore CA.
In Game #1 at 9am PST, Guayama, Puerto Rico held off a late push by Alberta, Canada to win by a score of 6-4.
Manager Emanuel Rodriguez admitted to feeling a little nervous, understandably so as Canada got the tying run to second base in the 7th inning, but a ground ball ended the threat and the game. Jose Vasquez had an excellent game pitching, going 4 1/3 and striking out 10, while Angel Silva paced the offense going 2-3 with a home run, and Jean Rodriguez 1-1 with a double and run scored.
Willemstad, Curacao (Latin America) won Game 2 of the Intermediate World Series by a score of 11-0 over Born, Czech Republic (Europe-Africa). Merilon Wolff was dominant on the mound, pitching 4 1/3 innings, striking out 5 while not allowing any hits or runs. The offense was led by Girvin Finch, who went 3-4 with 3 doubles.
In Game #3, Matthew Binder hit a 2-run home run in the top of the 7th to break open a tight game and lead Parkland, Florida (Southeast) to a 5-1 win over Vineland, New Jersey (east). Five pitchers held Vineland to just 5 hits and one unearned run. Bori Lenard’s had an infield single in the 5th and eventually came around to score to give Florida their first run.
And in the nightcap, the Host CA District 57 team from Danville, CA beat the team from Houston, Texas (Southeast) by a score of 5-3. Kyle Ecker was the star for Tassajara Valley Little League, pitching 5 innings of 2-hit ball and striking out 8. At the plate, Kyle had a key 2-run single in the 4th inning that ultimately proved to be the difference. Geoffrey Kennedy went 2-4 with a double and 3 RBI’s.