2017 LITTLE LEAGUE WORLD SERIES SCOREBOARD

 

WILLIAMSPORT CROSSCUTTERS SCOREBOARD

 

Mid-Atlantic Bats Down Great Lakes In Mercy Rule Contest

The first US Bracket elimination game opened action at Howard J. Lamade Stadium as the Mid-Atlantic, represented by the Holbrook Little League of Jackson, New Jersey took the field against the Great Lakes, represented by the Grosse Pointe Woods-Shores Little League of Grosse Pointe, Michigan.

The Mid-Atlantic looked like they would get off to a hot start as their lead-off man, Ryan Kinsman, started things off with a double to the outfield wall. He would end up stranded at third base as the next three Mid-Atlantic batters would be retired in order.

The Great Lakes would take the early lead in the contest in the Bottom of the 1st Inning as the first two batters, Drew Hill and Matthew Greene, would reach on a Hit-By-Pitch and a Bunt Single, respectively. The Great Lakes would then capitalize on an J.R. Osmond error behind the plate to bring both Hill and Greene home, giving them a 2-0 lead over the Mid-Atlantic through one inning.

The Mid-Atlantic would respond in the Top of the 2nd by sending 10 men to the plate and bringing 5 around on four hits, highlighted by a 2 RBI double from Chris Cartnick. The Mid-Atlantic would take a 5-2 lead over the Great Lakes into the bottom of the frame.

The Great Lakes answered right back in the Bottom of the 2nd, getting back to back singles to from Ryan Jones and Will Pflaum. Jones would score on an RBI groundout from Drew Hill, and Pflaum would score on an E3 to bring the Great Lakes within one run. Joey Randazzo would tie the game back up with two outs, as he hit a solo shot to right field.

Things would calm down for the third inning for both teams as the Mid-Atlantic just got one run from Garrett Drew on an RBI Fielder’s Choice from Ryan Kinsman, and the Great Lakes got two baserunners from walks, but left them both stranded.

The dynamic of this game changed in a big way in the 4th inning, as Chris Cartnick would lead off the inning with a solo home run into the Batter’s Eye in Center Field, giving the Mid-Atlantic a two run lead. That would be the start of a half-inning that saw 12 Mid-Atlantic players come to the plate and 9 coming around to score. The scoring was highlighted by a 3 RBI double from Chris Andrews, a 2 RBI single from Charlie Meglio, and the second homer of the inning for Chris Cartnick, this time a three-run shot to push the Mid-Atlantic lead to ten.

The Great Lakes would go down in order in the bottom of the frame, and the Mid-Atlantic took this one 15-5, keeping their championship hopes alive while ending the Great Lakes’ tournament run.

For the Mid-Atlantic, they will now move on into another elimination game, facing the loser of the West and the Southeast at 3pm on Monday at Howard J. Lamade Stadium. For the Great Lakes, their shot at the World Championship is over, but they get one more game on Monday at 11:00 a.m. as they face Europe-Africa in a Consolation Game.

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Rams at Raiders (Preseason)

The Los Angeles Rams make a visit to the Oakland Raiders in preseason action. Coverage will be joined in progress after the Crosscutters broadcast, right here on FOX Sports Williamsport.

Mexico Stays Alive With Statement Win Over Europe-Africa

Day 3 of the 2017 Little League World Series, the first elimination day of the series, opened at Volunteer Stadium with Mexico, represented by the Guadalupe Trevino Kelly Little League from Reynosa, Mexico, facing off against Europe-Africa, represented by the Emilia Little League from Emilia, Italy.

Mexico took control in this one early, as they started with back-to-back doubles from Isaac Miranda and Saul Soto, giving Mexico a 1-0 lead. Soto would then score during the next at-bat as Jorge Garcia hit an RBI single to bring the score to 2-0.

In the Top of the 2nd Inning, Mexico would add six more runs. With one out, Samuel Juarez and Diego Diaz would reach with back-to-back singles for Isaac Miranda, who would drive a pitch deep to Center Field for a three-run home run, making the lead 5-0. Saul Soto followed up with a single, and Jorge Garcia walked to set it up once again for Andre Garza. Garza would match Miranda, taking a pitch deep to left field into the parking lot beyond Left Field, finding a vehicle in the process, and his three-run home run would push the Mexico lead over Europe-Africa to 8-0.

The 3rd inning would see Mexico reach the ten run lead mark as Diego Diaz and Isaac Miranda would score on a 2 RBI double from Saul Soto, his second and third RBIs of the day. Mexico would also add three insurance runs in the fourth to bring their lead to 13-0, which would stand as the final.

On the defensive side, Mexico starting pitcher Andre Garza, along with relief pitchers Jorge arcia, Francisco Elizondo, Erick Vazquez, and Rosendo Cantu would combine to throw a four inning no-hitter against Europe-Africa.

For Mexico, they move on to another elimination game on Monday at 1:00 p.m. at Volunteer Stadium, facing the loser of Japan and Asia-Pacific. For Europe-Africa, their hopes of a world championship come to an end today, but they will still have one more game as they face the loser of the Mid-Atlantic and the Great Lakes in a consolation game on Monday at 11:00 a.m. at Howard J. Lamade Stadium.

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Day 3 Opens The First Group Of Elimination Games At The 2017 Little League World Series

By BRETT R. CROSSLEY
For FOX Sports Williamsport

WILLIAMSPORT—Here’s a look at today’s Little League World Series games for SaturdayTomorrowis the first elimination day of the tournament.

 

Mexico (0-1) vs. Europe-Africa (0-1) at Volunteer Stadium, 1 p.m.

Mexico fell to Latin America, 4-1, in the opening round of the Little League World Series. Mexico took a 1-0 lead early, but gave up the next four to ultimately be pushed down in the bracket. Mexico’s offense couldn’t find any rhythm. Only four players finished with hits.

Mexico will play Europe-Africa, which suffered the lone ten-run-rule defeat in the first round. Simone Ioli logged two hits and will be the focal point for Mexico’s defense.

Mexico will have need to continue to score runs early. This game has the makings of another early ending for Europe-Africa.

 

Mid-Atlantic (0-1) vs. Great Lakes (0-1) at Lamade Stadium, 3 p.m.

The Mid-Atlantic has traditionally been one of the fan-favorites at the Little League World Series and it will need that support later today against the Great Lakes.

The Mid-Atlantic narrowly missed out on advancing after scoring four runs in the bottom of the sixth in its opening round game against New England. The rally fell just short as New England opened with a 7-6 win.

Tai Mann finished with two hits and Chris Cartnick added another two to lead the Mid-Atlantic’s offense. The Great Lakes only scored one run and recorded two hits in its opening round loss to Southwest. Early runs in this game could go a long way.

 

Australia (0-1) vs. Caribbean (0-1) at Volunteer Stadium, 6 p.m.

Australia and the Caribbean opened against two of the top International teams in Japan and Asia-Pacific, respectively. Both fell, but it was the Caribbean that looked out of sorts throughout its opening round loss.

The Caribbean scored a run in the opening frame, but only managed one hit the rest of the way while committing an error and giving up nine runs through the fourth, fifth, and sixth innings.

Australia did not fare much better. It only posted two hits in six innings on its way to being shutout. Both of these teams should be able to bounce back and play a good game later today.

 

Northwest (0-1) vs. Midwest (0-1) at Lamade Stadium, 8 p.m.

The nightcap features two teams that loss in very different ways in the first round.

The Northwest committed two errors and walked five batters, which helped the West cruise to a 9-0 win. If those mistakes could be cleaned up the Northwest could rebound and put together a run.

For the Midwest, which gave up the Series’ first perfect game since 2008, it will be imperative to get off to a positive start. Early hits could be big in this game.

 

Be sure to listen to FOX Sports Williamsport throughout the day for updates from each game, beginning in the Bottom of the 2nd Inning in each game, and catch up on what you missed with our game recaps on FOXSportsWilliamsport.com following the conclusion of each game.

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Crosscutters at Muckdogs

The Williamsport Crosscutters are set to play a doubleheader against the Batavia Muckdogs as the two teams start a four-game series. Coverage of game one starts at 4:40 p.m. with Cutters Pregame presented by Van Campen Motors, right here on the Cutters Baseball Network.

Asia-Pacific Rolls To 10-1 Victory Over Caribbean

Day 2 of the 2017 Little League World Series came to an end at Volunteer Stadium as Asia-Pacific, represented by West Seoul Little League from Seoul, South Korea, rolled to a 10-1 victory over the Caribbean, represented by the Los Bravos De Pontezuela Little League from Santiago, Dominican Republic.

Asia-Pacific would start the scoring in the Top of the 1st, with their lead-off man Ye Joon Khym reaching via Catcher’s Interference, and came around to score when Kyum Ahn hit an RBI single.

The Caribbean would respond in the Bottom of the 1st with their lead-off man, Edward Uceta, reaching on a walk. He would score three batters later on an Asia-Pacific error. This would end up being the only run that the Caribbean would muster against a tough Asia-Pacific.

Asia-Pacific would resume the scoring and push the lead out to 10-1 over the next three innings, thanks in part to the long ball. Dong Heon Kim would hit a two-run homer in the 3rd, Jin Won Shin would add with a three-run homer in the 4th, and Ye Joon Khym and Jin Won Shin would go back-to-back with solo home runs in the 5th.

That would cap the scoring for both teams as Asia-Pacific would defeat the Caribbean in their first game of the 2017 Little League World Series, 10-1.

For Asia-Pacific, they now move into a Winner’s Bracket contest against their International Bracket rival Japan at Volunteer Stadium on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. For the Caribbean, they will now face Australia in an Elimination Game on Saturday at 6:00 p.m. at Volunteer Stadium.

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Southeast Pitching Perfect In 6-0 Victory Over Midwest

The US Bracket nightcap on Day 2 of the 2017 Little League World Series saw the Southeast, represented by the North State Little League of Greenville, North Carolina face off against the Midwest, represented by the Sioux Falls Little League of Sioux Falls, South Dakota under the lights at Howard J. Lamade Stadium.

The Southeast thought they had an early shot of momentum with a two-out double from Thomas Barrett, but he would quickly be left stranded as a pop-up from the next batter, Drew Fields, would drift just foul and just fall into the glove of Ethan Bruns.

The Southeast would take an early lead in the second inning, with starting pitcher Chase Anderson working a lead-off walk, and would score 3 batters later on a passed ball to give the Southeast the 1-0 lead over the Midwest.

The 3rd Inning would see things break wide open in favor of the Southeast, as their first four batters would all reach and come around to score, thanks in part of a RBI single from Drew Fields and a 2RBI double from Ashton Byars, bringing the lead to 5-0.

Things would calm down in the 4th, but in the 5th the Southeast would pickup another run. This time, after Thomas Barrett led-off with a single, Drew Fields would follow up with a double, scoring Barrett to push the lead to 6-0, and giving Fields his second RBI of the night. That would also put a cap on the scoring for the contest.

The real story of the game was the pitching, as Southeast starter Chase Anderson, along with relievers Matthew Matthijs and Carson Hardee, would combine for the elusive Perfect Game. The trio would sit down all 18 Midwest batters in order in route to the win and the perfect game, 7 groundouts, just one flyout, and 10 strikeouts to accomplish the feat. And no small feat it is when you are facing off against one of the sixteen best teams in the world during the Little League World Series.

For the Southeast, who used the pitch count rules to keep everyone available, they move on to face the West on Sunday at 2:00 p.m. at Howard J. Lamade Stadium in a Winner’s Bracket contest. For the Midwest, they will now face the Northwest in an Elimination Game on Saturday at 8:00 p.m. at Howard J. Lamade Stadium.

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Japan Shuts Out Australia 8-0

The first international action of Day #2 of the 2017 Little League World Series saw Japan, represented by the Tokyo Kitasuna Little League of Tokyo, Japan shut out Australia, represented by the Hills Little League of Sydney, Australia 8-0 at Volunteer Stadium.

Australia would get off to a slow start offensively, going down in order in the Top of the 1st. However, the defense would stand strong against the one of the toughest regions in the international bracket. Japan would score a lead-off double from Kietara Miyahara, who would score two batters later on an RBI single from Seiya Aria. That would be the extent of the damage as Australia would force Japan to leave the bases loaded in the frame.

Over the next three innings, Japan would extend their lead by a run an inning, capitalizing on Australia pitching mistakes. Rei Ichisawa scored on a wild pitch in the 2nd and a passed ball in the 4th, along with Natsuki Yajima scoring on a wild pitch in the 3rd to give Japan a 4-0 lead through four innings.

Australia was looking for the two-out rally in the 5th inning as Ethan Treble worked a walk, representing just the 5th time in the ballgame that the Aussies had a runner on base. Treble was unfortunately stranded at 1st as Harrison Wheeldon went down looking to end the frame.

Japan would break the game open in the bottom of the 5th inning as Ryota Ono, Kazuki Watanabe, Tsubasa Tomii, and Ryuto Inoue all would come around to score as Japan sent 9 to the plate to put up 4 runs on 6 hits. Australia would go in order, giving Japan the 8-0 victory.

For Japan, they move on to face the winner of the Caribbean and Asia-Pacific on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. at Volunteer Stadium. For Australia, they will now face the loser of the Caribbean and Asia-Pacific in an elimination game at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday at Volunteer Stadium.

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Gray Brothers Get The Job Done As West Defeats Northwest

The Little League World Series US First Round games continued this afternoon as the Northwest, represented by the Walla Walla Valley Little League from Walla Walla, Washington tooks on the West, represented by the Santa Margarita Little League from Rancho Santa Margarita, California.

For the Northwest, they tried to find some early momentum as Andrew Hall worked a one-out walk in the Top of the 1st inning, but was left stranded at 2nd as the next two batters were retired in order.

The West started things off in the same way, this time as a lead-off walk by Tyler Ankrum. Two batters later, Drew Rutter would give the West a chance to score an early run with a double, however a baserunning mistake by Ankrum held the run off the board. The good news for the West is that they still had runners on 2nd and 3rd with one out. The situation would be made even better as Mason Kellerman would work a walk to load-up the bases for third baseman Joey Gray. Gray would not disappoint, as he got a payoff pitch to his liking, and took it over the right field wall for the West’s first home run of the Series, the second grand slam of the 2017 Little League World Series, and most importantly a 4-0 lead for the West.

Things would quiet down in the second inning, as both teams would be retired in order as Northwest pitcher Caiden Thomsen and West pitcher Bobby Gray settled in on the hill.

The third inning would see the Northwest go down in order once again by the hand of Bobby Gray, and in the bottom of the frame, Bobby’s brother Joey would line an RBI single through the gap to extend the west lead to 5-0. Joey West also accounted for all five RBIs for the West at that point.

Things would go quiet in the ballgame again until the Bottom of the 5th inning, which saw the West capitalize on walks, past balls, and two Northwest errors. The only RBI in the frame would come from Mason Kellerman as his single brought around Bobby Gray to make it 6-0 in favor of the West. The West would send 10 men to the plate, bringing around Bobby Gray, Drew Rutter, Mason Kellerman, and Joey Gray to make it a 9-0 ballgame. Unfortunately, Bobby Gray would strike out with the bases loaded during his second at-bat of the inning to end the threat.

Things would not go better for Bobby Gray in the Top of the 6th inning, as he got a 4-3 groundout from Drew Coleman but that was followed up with a single from Andrew Hall, ending Gray’s no-hit bid on the final batter he would face on the day.

Bryan Ramirez would come on in relief for the West and get into further trouble, giving up a walk and a hit-by-pitch to load the bases with two outs. He would induce a pop-up from Hayden Lomeli to complete a one-hit ballgame, and give the West the 9-0 victory over the Northwest.

For the West, they now advance in the Winner’s bracket to face the winner of the Midwest and the Southeast on Sunday at 2:00 p.m. at Howard J. Lamade Stadium. For the Northwest, they fall into an elimination game on Saturday at 8:00 p.m. at Howard J. Lamade Stadium, where they will face the loser of the Midwest and the Southeast.

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Day 2 Schedule Adjusted Due To Rain

The schedule for Day 2 of the 2017 Little League World Series has been adjusted due to the rain in the area today. Now starting at 4:00 p.m. at Volunteer Stadium, Australia faces Japan, while at Howard J. Lamade Stadium, the Northwest faces the West. At 8:00 p.m. at Volunteer Stadium, the Caribbean faces Asia-Pacific, while at Howard J. Lamade Stadium, the Midwest faces the Southeast.

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