BANGOR — Fresh off a big, extra-inning win over the Latin American champions Monday night, the U.S. West champs weren’t about to let their momentum wane with a letdown Tuesday night.
The boys from Manhattan Beach, Calif., scored two runs in the second and broke the game against Saipan open with nine-run fourth en route to an 11-0 Senior League World Series game victory at Mansfield Stadium.
Starting pitcher Carter Casady hit his spots from the outset and Manhattan Beach got hits from literally every spot in the batting order to put this game out of reach early.
“He was throwing his first pitch in for strikes and it was usually a fastball,” said Saipan manager Jonathan Tenorio. “Then he’d go with a curve or whatever when he wanted to.”
Casady allowed two hits, no runs and no walks over four innings. He threw 27 of a minuscule 39 pitches for strikes on the way to four strikeouts.
“I was happy with my fastball today, that I could get it over for a first-pitch strike. Plus I got quick outs, which kept my pitch count down,” Casady said. “It was more my location. It wasn’t centering in the middle of the plate. It was more just keeping it on the corners so they’d have to reach out for it.”
The win puts Manhattan Beach in the driver’s seat with a 3-0 record and a day off Wednesday. The Asia-Pacific champions drop to 0-2.
Trent Hammond led a 12-hit Manhattan attack with two singles, two runs and an RBI.
“We gained a lot of confidence off our win last night and found our hitting in that lineup,” said Hammond. “We kept with it today and everybody was contributing. The hits just kept coming.”
Up and down the lineup, specifically, as all nine spots in the batting order had at least one hit.
“One of the things we take pride in is the job our bench does. These two guys [Casady and Hammond] don’t get a lot of playing time, but both came through today,” said Manhattan Beach manager Carlos Rojas.
The West champs scored first with Ian McLoughlin’s leadoff double in the second and a walk by Anthony Lombardo. McLoughlin would advance and score on two wild pitches and Lombardo would score on a steal, a single, and a fielder’s choice grounder.
Manhattan Beach would then send 15 batters to the plate in the fourth and came away with eight hits and nine runs aided by two more Saipan errors.
“Our starting pitcher threw all right, but we had a lot of errors and mistakes behind him,” said Tenorio. “If not for them, he could have had a nice ballgame.
“Every time somebody made an error, we’d get down and we were playing tight.”
The biggest hits for the West team in the fourth were Sam O’Melia’s pinch-hit, two-run single and Ryan Erickson’s RBI triple.
Asia-Pacific (0-2) 000 00 — 0 2 4
U.S. West (3-0) 020 9x — 11 12 0
Santos, Camacho (4) and Yamagishi; Casady, Lipps (5) and McLoughlin, Hammond (5); WP—Casady (1-0); LP—Santos (0-1); Repeat hitters— Hammond (MB); Extra –base hits— 2B: McLoughlin (MB), 3B: Erickson (MB)