Caribbean Comes Back, Defeats Latin America In Elimination Game

By Justin Hawkins

The first elimination game of Day #5 of the 2018 Little League World Series would see the Caribbean Region; Radames Lopez LL of Guayama, Puerto Rico; defeat the Latin America Region; Vacamonte LL of Arraijan, Panama, by a score of 3-1 at Volunteer Stadium, ending the tournament run for Latin America.

It was actually Latin America taking the early 1-0 lead in the Top of the first as Adan Sanchez reached on a single. He would score as Luis Valdes worked a bases loaded walk.

It would take until the Bottom of the 4th Inning for the Caribbean to finally respond as Eric Rodriguez worked a lead-off walk, and two batters later scored on a single off the bat of Carlos De Jesus.

The Caribbean would keep the offensive momentum going in the Bottom of the 5th inning as Angel Vazquez was hit by a pitch to reach. He would leave the game after being hit, being replaced by Yadiel Delgado. Delgato would score on a bases load walk by Luis Rivera to give the Caribbean it’s first lead of the game at 2-1. Victor Cartagena, who reached on a Fielder’s Choice, would score an insurance run as well in the Bottom of the 5th as Carlos De Jesus hit into a Fielder’s Choice, putting Latin America down to it’s final three outs with the Caribbean leading 3-1.

Roberto Joubert would strike out the first two Latin America batters in the 6th Inning before John Lopez took over. Lopez would strike out the final batter, and get the save in Caribbean’s 3-1 victory.

With the win, the Caribbean moves on to another elimination game, this time tomorrow at 3:00 p.m. at Howard J. Lamade Stadium against the winner between Canada and Mexico.

With the loss, Latin America is eliminated from the 2018 Little League World Series, ending with a final record of 1-2.

Crosscutters at Spikes (Doubleheader)

The Williamsport Crosscutters make a stop in Happy Valley before returning home to face the State College Spikes in a doubleheader tonight. Game 1 will be the resumption of Thursday night’s suspended game, with State College leading Williamsport 3-0 after four innings and will be played to it’s 9 inning conclusion. Game 2 will begin 30 minutes after the conclusion of Game 1, and will be a 7 inning contest. Coverage begins at 5:10 p.m. on FOX Sports Williamsport, a proud member of the Cutters Baseball Network.

New England Dominates In Mercy Rule Win Over Australia

By Justin Hawkins

The first of two Consolation Crossover Games would feature the New England Region; Coventry Little League of Coventry, Rhode Island; dominating the Australia Region; Gold Coast Baseball Association Little League of Gold Coast, Australia; in a mercy rule shutout victory, 15-0 in four innings, at Howard J. Lamade Stadium.

New England would strike first in the Top of the 1st Inning as Tommy Turner recorded a one-out single, and would come in to score two batters later on a Kody Fretts RBI Single. Australia would get two on base in the bottom of the frame, but leave both stranded and keeping the New England lead at 1-0 after one inning.

The New England offense would have it’s first of two explosions in the 2nd Inning as they plated 5 runs on 4 hits while sending 9 to the plate. The scoring in the second would be highlighted by Tommy Turner, as he crushed a double to the outfield wall with the bases loaded, scoring Nolan LaPerche, Noah McParlin, and Tyler Simon to make it a 5-0 ballgame at the time. Australia would again strand two runners on base, this time with one in scoring position, and New England would take a 6-0 lead into the 3rd.

The third inning would be the only inning that Australia’s defense would be able to keep New England’s offense in check, as Aiden Wilkins would reach on a E5 but putout on a Dylan Mourao Fielder’s Choice. Mourao would be left stranded at 1st.

The Bottom of the 3rd looked promising at first for Australia as William Baker recorded just the second base hit of the game for the Aussies, but the next three batters would go in order, leaving Baker stranded at 1st and keeping the New England lead at 6-0.

The top of the 4th Inning would be the nail in the coffin for Australia, as New England would use 5 walks, 2 errors, 2 singles, 2 doubles, and a groundout to send 14 batters to the plate and bring 9 around to score, increasing their lead to 15-0 in the Middle of the 4th, and putting Australia at risk of a mercy rule loss.

Australia would try it’s best to get a little two-out magic going in the Bottom of the 4th with Tyler Salmon-Patrick reaching on a single, but he would end up being left stranded as New England defeated Australia 15-0 in four innings, ending the 2018 Little League World Series for both teams.

With the win, New England finished their play at 2018 Little League World Series with a record of 1-2.

With the loss, Australia finished their play at the 2018 Little League World Series with a record of 0-3.

Five Games On Tap For Day 5 of the 2018 Little League World Series

Day #5 of the 2018 Little League World Series gets underway with a Consolation Crossover Game, followed by four straight elimination games as four more teams will see their World Championship hopes come to an end. FOX Sports Williamsport will again be in attendance keeping you updated on all of the action with our Little League World Series In-Game Updates on 1050 AM and 92.7 FM, along with Post-Game Recaps of every game on FOXSportsWilliamsport.com.


Today’s schedule of games at the 2018 Little League World Series is as follows:

11:00 a.m. – New England (Coventry LL – Coventry, Rhode Island) vs Australia (Gold Coast Baseball Assoc LL – Gold Coast, Queensland) at Howard J. Lamade Stadium

1:00 p.m. – Latin America (Vacamonte LL – Arraijan, Panama) vs Caribbean (Radames Lopez LL – Guayama, Puerto Rico) at Volunteer Stadium

3:00 p.m. – Midwest (Grandview LL – Des Moines, Iowa) vs Great Lakes (Grosse Pointe Woods-Shores LL – Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan) at Howard J. Lamade Stadium

6:00 p.m. – Canada (Whalley LL – Surrey, British Columbia) vs Mexico (Matamoros LL – Matamoros, Tamaulipas) at Volunteer Stadium

8:00 p.m. – Southwest (Post Oak LL – Houston, Texas) vs Southeast (Peachtree City American LL – Peachtree City, Georgia) at Howard J. Lamade Stadium


To keep up-to-date on all of the live action at the 2018 Little League World Series, keep your radios tuned to FOX Sports Williamsport on 1050 AM and 92.7, or listen online at FOXSportsWilliamsport.com Stream #1 for our Little League World Series In-Game Updates, beginning at the End of the 2nd Inning of each and every game. 2018 Little League World Series In-Game Updates are presented by UPMC Susquehanna, DHP Custom Pins, The Lycoming County Visitors Bureau, and Buffalo Wild Wings.

To catch up on action you have missed, check back here on FOXSportsWilliamsport.com for recaps of every game from the 2018 Little League World Series. Recaps will be posted shortly after the conclusion of each game during the Little League World Series.

Former Cutters Showcased In MLB Little League Classic

By Justin Hawkins

On a night that is meant to showcase the connections between the kids of the Little League World Series and the stars of Major League Baseball, another showcase of sorts was happening in the background as former members of the Williamsport Crosscutters made their return to BB&T Ballpark at Historic Bowman Field as members of the Philadelphia Phillies and the New York Mets on a night that saw the Mets defeat the Phillies 8-2.

Making their return to where it all began were Phillies 3rd Base Coach Dusty Wathan (Cutters Manager ’08), Phillies Catching Coach Bob Stumpo (’11), Mets 1st Base Coach Ruben Amaro, Jr. (Phillies GM for 7 Years of Cutters Affiliation), Phillies players Cesar Hernandez (’10), Maikel Franco (’11), Adam Morgan (’11), Roman Quinn (’12), Yacksel Rios (’13), Edubray Ramos (’14), Rhys Hoskins (’14), Seranthony Dominguez (’16), and Mets player Jose Bautista (’01).

Jose Bautista, starting in RF, would be a big part of the Mets victory in Williamsport as he went 2-4 at the plate, scoring two runs and picking up an RBI.

Cesar Hernandez, starting at 2nd, went 1-4 at the plate and was left on base.

Maikel Franco got a pinch hit opportunity, but would strike out swinging.

Adam Morgan, entering in relief of Nick Pivetta in the 4th, would throw 1 1/3 innings, giving up no runs on one hit, striking out one, and allowing no walks.

Roman Quinn got a pinch hit opportunity, recording a single but was left stranded.

Yacksel Rios entered in relief of Adam Morgan, going 1 inning, allowing one earned run on three hits, no walks, and struck out three.

Edubray Ramos would enter in relief of Luis Garcia to close the game out for the Phillies, going the final inning allowing no runs on one hit, allowing no walks, and recording no strikeouts.

Rhys Hoskins, starting in LF, went 1-4 with a run scored. His lone hit was off the top of the Mets bullpen in left field that was inches from being a home run. Hoskins also had a home run ball over the Phillies bullpen earlier in the game that would have been a 3 run shot, but was called foul and not reviewed. TV replays later in the game showed that it was a fair ball.

Seranthony Dominguez would not pitch in the Little League Classic as he came out of the bullpen earlier in the series in Philadelphia.

Cutters Edged In Extras

Morgantown, W.V.-  For the second time this season, Williamsport fell in alk-off fashion in West Virginia, falling 5-4 in the bottom of the 10th inning of the series finale.

Jake Holmes got the Crosscutters on the board in the top of the 1st inning, plating Ben Aklinski and Rafael Marchan with a two-run single to give the Cutters an early 2-0 lead. For Holmes it was his 5th and 6th RBI of the year.

Ben Pelletier upped the Cutters lead with a solo home run over the wall in straight-away center field, making it 3-0 Williamsport. The blast was the team-leading 7th for Pelletier and gave him a team-high 31 RBI.

Ethan Lindow tossed the first five innings for the Cutters, holding West Virginia off the scoreboard until the bottom of the 6th. The lefty faced to batters in the bottom of the 6th, giving up a lead off triple on a misplayed ball in right by Jesus Henriquez followed by a RBI single from Edison Lantigua to make it 3-1.

Tyler Carr entered with one one and no outs. After retiring the first two batters of the frame, Carr got Kyle Watson to ground to 2nd base, but the throw from Seth Lancaster pulled Edwin Rodriguez off the bag at 1st, allowing Lantigua to score and make it a 3-2 game.

Both runs were charged to Lindow as he finished the night allowing two runs, one earned, on four hits and three walks while striking out four. He left the pitcher of record, in line for a win.

Carr was unable to hold the led in the bottom of the 7th inning, allowing a Zack Kone to single home Melvin Jimenez to tie the game at 3-3. Carr finished the night, allowing one run on two hits and striking out two.

Robinson Martinez worked a pair of scoreless frames of relief, giving the Cutters an opportunity to win the game in regulation, but the Cutters failed to score a run in those frame. Martinez finished the night allowing a hit and a walk while striking out one.

Ben Pelletier gave the Cutters the lead in the top of the 10th inning, singling home Jesus Henriquez from 3rd base with a two-out knock, making it 4-3 Cutters on Pelletier’s 32nd RBI.

Abdallaha Aris entered in the bottom of the 10th inning, found himself in a runners on the corners with two outs situation. He worked ahead 1-2 against Kyle Watson, who singled into deep left-center with the runner at 1st Ben Bengtson off on the pitch.

Placed runner Daniel Amaral scored from 3rd, tying the game and Bengtson was able to race all the way around to score the game-winning run for the Black Bears.

The Crosscutters head back to State College tomorrow, where they will play a makeshift doubleheader against the Spikes. Game one will be the completion of a suspended game from Thursday, August 16th and will start at 5:35 p.m. at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park.

Cutter Carvings – The Crosscutters split the regular season series with West Virginia, going 6-6 this season… The Cutters are 1-5 in extra innings games, which is the worst win percentage in the New York-Penn League… Pat Borders did not manage tonight’s game, as he was still recovering from the effects of being struck by a foul ball in last night’s game…

West Takes The Win Over Great Lakes

West wins contest against Great Lakes, 8-3.

Great Lakes fired up the offense in the first inning, when Preston Barr singled on a 3-1 count, scoring one run.

West pulled away for good with six runs in the second inning. In the second Ryan Knaebel threw a wild pitch allowing one run across the plate for West, West scored on a stolen base during Jace Souza’s at bat. Then Jace singled , driving in one, Aukai Kea doubled on the first pitch of the at bat, scoring one run, and Jarren Purify induced Hunter Nishina to hit into a fielder’s choice, but one run scored.

Ka’olu Holt was the winning pitcher for West. He went three and a third innings, allowing one run on two hits and striking out four. John De La Cruz, Kory Chu, and Sean Yamaguchi all put in work in relief out of the bullpen, steering their team towards the victory.

Ryan took the loss for Great Lakes. He allowed two hits and five runs over one and one-third innings, striking out one.

Aukai went 2-for-4 at the plate to lead West in hits.

Great Lakes racked up five hits in the game. Jarren and Preston each collected multiple hits for Great Lakes.

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Japan Beats Latin America

Japan took home a 4-2 victory over Latin America on Sunday.

Japan got on the board in the first inning when Shisei Fujimoto homered on a 1-1 count, scoring two runs.

Shinji Furusawa earned the victory on the pitcher’s mound for Japan. He went three innings, allowing zero runs on two hits and striking out three.

Adan Sanchez took the loss for Latin America. He went four and two-thirds innings, allowing four runs on three hits and striking out nine.

Masato Igarashi started the game for Japan. He surrendered two runs on zero hits over three innings, striking out seven.

Japan tallied one home run on the day. Shisei went deep in the first inning.

Eisaku Nakajima, Shinji, Yudai Yuasa, and Shisei each managed one hit to lead Japan. Japan was sure-handed and didn’t commit a single error. Masaumi Ikeuchi made the most plays with ten.

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Mid-Atlantic Takes Victory Against Southwest In Pitcher’s Duel

Both teams were strong on the mound Sunday, but Mid-Atlantic defeated Southwest 2-1. Mid-Atlantic pitchers allowed just three hits to Southwest.

Gregory Bruno earned the win for Mid-Atlantic. He allowed three hits and one run over five and a third innings, striking out six. Chris Bedford threw two-thirds of an inning in relief out of the bullpen. Chris recorded the last two outs to earn the save for Mid-Atlantic.

Ryan Selvaggi took the loss for Southwest. He allowed two hits and two runs over two and a third innings, striking out six and walking one.

Chris, Steven Martinez, and Robert Cavalieri all had one hit to lead Mid-Atlantic. Mid-Atlantic didn’t commit a single error in the field. Chris Cancel had the most chances in the field with eight.

Southwest was sure-handed in the field and didn’t commit a single error. Andy Guy had the most chances in the field with eight.

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Crosscutters at Black Bears

The Williamsport Crosscutters meet the West Virginia Black Bears for the final time of the 2018 season this afternoon. Coverage begins at 3:40 p.m. on FOX Sports Williamsport, a proud member of the Cutters Baseball Network.