Saturday August 6th, 2016
After a day off on Friday, two highly anticipated rematches were on slate for Saturday.
In the International Championship game at 1pm, Curacao got another chance to knock off the undefeated team and defending champions from South Korea. The first game was extremely tight, and Curacao eventually fell by a score of 4-3. In the rematch, South Korea jumped out early and never looked back, beating Curacao by a final score of 14-0.
Ten of the twelve batters for South Korea had at least one hit on the day, and Yong Bin Lee led the way going 4-4 with 2 RBIs. Three different pitchers shutout Curacao, led by Jaeyoung Song who pitched 3 1/3 innings with 7 strikeouts.
The US Championship game was a rematch of Hawaii and Florida, who earlier in the week played arguably the most exciting game of the tournament thus far. The game eventually ended on a walk-off sacrifice by Florida in the bottom of the 9th, some 3 hours and 30 minutes after the game started. This time Hawaii would not let the lead slip away like they had done in the first matchup.
After Hawaii scored two runs in the third inning, Florida answered right back in the bottom of the inning with 2 of its own. The same thing happened in the fourth inning, with each team scoring one run. Hawaii then got one run across in the sixth, and another one in the seventh for some added security.
Dawson Tokishi went 2-3, and his home run in the seventh inning gave the Hawaii team a two run lead going into the bottom of the inning. Isaiah Souza and Kamaha’o Ching held the Florida squad to 8 hits and 2 earned runs.
South Korea and Hawaii will face off for the 2016 Intermediate World Series at 5:30pm PST Sunday August 7th.