BANGOR — After winning their Senior League World Series opener with base hits and speed, the Latin American champions from San Nicholas, Aruba, lost a game dominated by pitching and defense.
Tuesday afternoon, Aruba went back to its successful formula and threw in some power to boot as it decimated the pitching of Holmes County, Ohio, for 17 hits en route to a 17-1 victory at Mansfield Stadium.
“It’s going to come sometime. When it comes, it comes for almost everyone,” Aruba catcher Chadwick Tromp said of Tuesday’s barrage. “We had four knockout wins like this in the Latin American tournament with big innings like today.”
The victory improves Aruba to 2-1 while evening the U.S. Midwest champs’ record at 1-1.
“This is our biggest game so far,” said Aruba coach Rayborn Didder. “We said the Series starts today because if we want to go to the finals, we cannot lose and we showed today we can play ball.”
And hit well, too. Tromp led the attack with three singles and three RBIs in four at-bats, but three other hitters also had three hits each.
Juan Carlos Moncion had a double, two singles and two RBIs while No. 9 hitter Ray-Patrick Didder had three singles and two RBIs. Mitchell Martes had two singles, a double and one RBI. All three combined to score five runs.
Aruba broke a scoreless game open in a big way by sending 14 batters to the plate in the top of the third and scoring eight runs on four hits and three Ohio errors.
“They’re more athletic than what we are, but the one thing that bugged me is I think we quit competing when we got down big there,” said Holmes County head coach Mike Yoder. “We made too many mistakes and once we got down those eight runs, we were out of our element.”
After scoring twice more in the fourth, Aruba really lowered the boom on Ohio with seven more runs on seven hits in the fifth.
“We have a lot of confidence. We know we have a team to be champions, and today makes us believe that more now,” said Tromp.
Moncion earned the victory with two innings of one-hit, shutout ball. He had two strikeouts and no walks.
“I just wanted to throw strikes and I threw fast,” Moncion said. “My fastball and curve were really good. I got lots of strikes on the outside.”
Holmes County managed just one hit through the first four innings and finally cracked the scoreboard in the fifth courtesy of a two-out walk to Blake Bunch, a wild pitch, and an RBI double by Richie Mast.
Moncion, Mark Danies and Dwayne Luidens combined on a two-hitter with one walk and two strikeouts over five innings.
“After losing a tough game and losing one of our best pitchers for four days [with the pitch count/rest rule], we had to win a game like this today in this way,” said Didder. “The spirit of the guys is high again now and we think this is how we can play.”
Latin America (2-1) 008 27x — 17 17 0
U.S. Central (1-1) 000 01 — 1 2 4
Moncion, Danies (3), Luidens (5) and C. Tromp; Burch, Miller (3), Mullett 5) and Bunch; WP—Moncion (1-0); LP—Burch (0-1); Repeat hitters— Moncion (A), C. Tromp (A), Martes (A), Didder (A); Extra-base hits—2B: Manuel (A), Martes (A), Mast (O); 3B: Petronoa