INTERMEDIATE LITTLE LEAGUE WORLD SERIES – DAY FIVE RECAP
Championship Weekend Presented by Safeway Continues with the US and International Championships on Sunday
LIVERMORE, Calif., August 4, 2013 —Saturday was an exciting 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.
Championship Weekend presented by Safeway continues on Sunday, August 4th with 3 games on the schedule.
10:00 AM – West (AZ.) vs Latin America (Ecuador)
1:00 PM – International Championship Game – Puerto Rico vs Asia Pacific (Japan)
4:00 PM – US Championship Game (PA) – East vs Southwest (TX)
Over 4,000 people visited the newly remodeled Max Baer Park in Livermore, California for Saturday’s August 3rd games. Those who attended saw Puerto Rico and the East team from Collier Township, Pennsylvania move on to the championship games
Game One – Latin America (6) vs. Puerto Rico (7)
Puerto Rico was led by the #10 Yadier Sanchez at the plate and #1 Kevin Rodriquez on the mound. Rico showed no signs of nerves or “being cold” as the team came out hot and ready to play. Rodriquez struck out 8 and battled the tough Ecuadro line-up to put his team into the Championship game against Japan on Sunday.
“That was a tremendous win,” said Luis Davila, manager for the Puerto Rico team. “We take our hats off to the team from Ecuador. They battled hard and until the very end. They are true warriors!”
Game Two – CA #56 (1) vs. East (3)
The East team from Collier Township, PA jumped out to a 3 to 0 lead over the host team from California District #57, Pleasanton National, and never looked back, winning 3 – 1. The battery of pitcher Zachary Rohaley and catcher Reed Bruggeman proved to be the difference as they kept the hard hitting Pleasanton team off balance at the plate. Combined with a few timely hits and the East team is on its way to the US Championship Game versus the Southwest team.
“That was a tough good team we played today,” said manager Jeff Gordon. “Overall we played pretty well. But Zachary Rohaley, was incredible today. This was his game. He was able to stay lose, have fun and get the win!”
For a complete schedule, please visit: http://www.littleleague.org/worldseries/series/5070/qualify/worldseries.htm.
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