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With loss to Latin America, U.S. Southeast falls out of contention

Bangor Daily News | BDN
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BANGOR, ME -- AUGUST 18, 2010 -- Matt Meyer of the US Southwest team is picked off at first base by Aruba's Milton Croes in the 3rd inning of the Wednesday morning Senior League World Series game at Mansfield Stadium. Aruba defeated Palm Bay, FL 7-3. Photo by Linda Coan O'Kresik
By Ernie Clark, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — San Nicolas, Aruba, scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to pull away to a 7-3 victory Thursday over Palm Bay, Fla., during Pool B play at the 2010 Senior League World Series.

The Latin America champions end pool play with a 3-1 record, while the U.S. Southeast champions fell to 0-3 and were eliminated from semifinal contention.

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Aruba mustered just six hits off Palm Bay starter Matt Romandeti, but also capitalized on six stolen bases and three errors while stranding just one runner on base.

Aruba finally put the game away with three runs in the bottom of the sixth to extend a 4-3 lead.

Jiandido Tromp drew a lead-off walk off Romandetti before cleanup hitter Mitchell Martes sacrificed Tromp to second. Shawn Duinkerk followed with an RBI single to center, stole second and then stole third after a two-out walk to Jose Luis Gonzalez. Duinkerk scored on a wild pitch by Palm Bay reliever Jimmy Tolle, and Richinell Matos made it 7-3 with an RBI single to center.

Palm Bay jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first against Aruba starter Abraham Taveras. Andrew Gouzman led off by singling up the middle on an 0-2 pitch and scored when Tolle hit a one-out double to the left-center field gap.

Tolle then scored when cleanup hitter Matt Rose pulled a double down the left-field line.

Romandetti retired the first six batters he faced until Gonzalez led off the Aruba third with a walk. Taveras sacrificed Gonzalez all the way to third base, and after Ray-Patrick Didder reached on a bunt single Gonzalez scored on an errant throw as Didder was stealing second to cut the gap to 2-1.

Aruba used two Palm Bay errors, an RBI triple to right by Tromp and an RBI single by Juan Carlos Moncion for a three-run rally to take a 4-2 lead in the bottom of the fourth.

Palm Bay closed to within 4-3 with an unearned run after two were out in the top of the fifth. Chandler Lawson was hit by a pitch and special pinch runner Jordan Rothschild went to third on an errant pickoff throw by Taveras before scoring when Aruba center fielder Jermain Manuel misplayed a fly ball by Gouzman.

Romandetti then regrouped, striking out the side in the bottom of the inning, but the Palm Beach offense couldn’t capitalize.

Rose drew a one-out walk in the sixth and went to second when shortstop Ray-Patrick Didder charged a chopper by Romandetti and made the play at first. Didder then ranged into the shortstop hole to take a hit away from Cameron Howard to end the inning.

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