INTERMEDIATE LITTLE LEAGUE WORLD SERIES – DAY ONE RECAP
A look at a Few of the Highlights from the First Day of the Inaugural Intermediate Little League World Series
LIVERMORE, Calif., July 31, 2013 — This past Tuesday, was the opening day for the inaugural Intermediate Little League World Series, presented by Safeway, Inc.. The day’s festivities were held in Livermore, California at Max Baer Field. Starting today and running through August 5, ten teams from around the world started competing to be the World Champion in the Intermediate Division. This new division features players aged 11-13 to play an Intermediate format which includes 50-foot pitching distance and 70-foot bases, also known as “50/70”.
Over 5,500 people visited the newly remodeled Max Baer Park in Livermore, California the first day’s games. Those who attended were treated to a Perfect Game, a Grand Slam, a Win by the Host Team, and a visit from former Major League Baseball pitcher, Tom Seaver.
Game One – Latin America (3) vs. Puerto Rico (7)
The morning was a bit cooler than what the teams from Ecuador and Puerto Rico were hoping for, but that didn’t stop the teams from coming out and playing a great game with the team from Yabucoa, Puerto Rico holding off the boys from Guayaquil, Ecuador by the score of 7 to 3. First baseman Fernando Camacho defense helped to back Pitcher, Steven Davila and lead their team to victory.
“We are very blessed to be here,” said Luis Davila, manager for the Puerto Rico team. “While it was a colder than normal for us, we were able to over come a few small problems to get the all important first win. We are very blessed to be here.”
Game Two – Southwest (6) vs. East (4)
The team from Southwest team from Houston, Texas jumped out to a 4 to 0 lead in the first inning and never looked back, while overtaking the East team from Collier Township, Pennsylvania. Catcher Mike McKean went 2 for 3 at the plate; while Wakeford Fertitta struck out 8 on the way to the victory.
“That was a tough good team we played today,” said manager Mark Rome. “Overall we played pretty well. We were able to stay lose, have fun and get the win!”
Game Three – Canada (3) vs Asia Pacific (19)
Naoya Murano, from Osaka, Japan, started the scoring for the Asia Pacific team with a Grand Slam, the first of the World Series, to lead Japan over Canada 19 to 1. Taisei Shimabe got in front and stayed in front of the Canadian hitters by pitching
“This was an important first game for us,” stated Toshihisa Kitatni, manager for the Japan team. “While we were nervous at the start, we were able to played extremely well and get the important first win.”
Game 4 – District 57 (12) vs Central (0)
Inspired by former MLB Pitcher Tom Seaver, who threw out the ceremonial first pitch before the game, Evan Wolfe from Pleasanton, CA. went out and pitched a Perfect Game against the Central team from Jenison, Michigan. Over 3,000 people came to cheer on the host team to victory.
“My dad said in the 3rd inning that I was pitching a no-hitter,” stated Wolfe, 13 year old 8th Grader from Pleasanton, CA. “At that point I realized all my pitches were working and the team was playing great defense behind me, it was a lot of fun.”
Wednesday, July 31st features 2 games on the schedule at 3:00 PM PST (Southwest vs Southeast) and 6:00 PST (West vs Pleasanton). For a complete schedule, please visit: http://www.littleleague.org/worldseries/series/5070/qualify/worldseries.htm
The Intermediate Division began as a two-year pilot program, before becoming an official division in 2012. Players ages 11-13 are eligible to play in this Intermediate baseball league, which features a 50-foot pitching distance and 70-foot bases, also known as “50/70”.
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