BANGOR, Maine — The U.S. Southeast and U.S. West teams each pounded out 12 hits to earn five-inning wins in the second day of pool play Monday at the Senior League World Series at Mansfield Stadium.
U.S. West champ Lemon Grove, Calif., rolled by Asia-Pacific champ Auckland, New Zealand, 15-2 in the day’s first game and U.S. Southwest champ Houston, Texas, followed up with a 15-3 victory over Europe-Middle East-Africa champ Emilia, Italy.
Lemon Grove scored three runs in the first inning, highlighted by Jack Mercer’s two-run double, and added three more in the second with Ray Peterson providing a two-run double.
Lemon Grove then put the game out of reach with a nine-run third inning. The all-stars batted around with Dominik Sawyer and Cesar Preciado each hitting RBI singles in the inning. James Kelly chipped in with a two-run double.
Hamish Witters sparked Asia-Pacific with two hits and an RBI and scored a run. Samuel Clark chipped in with a single and scored.
Deandre Simpson earned the pitching win for U.S. West as he pitched the first two innings, giving up three hits and a run while striking out two.
In the second game, Matt George came on to end an Italy rally in the top of the third after the EMEA champs had scored three runs. He struck out the first batter he faced and then induced an infield popout and infield groundout to end the threat.
George only gave up one hit and a walk in his three innings of work.
U.S. Southwest sealed its victory when it sent 13 men to the plate and scored 10 runs in the fourth, highlighted by RBI singles from Chris Simon and Phillip James and Luke Dworak’s RBI double.
In the third, Matteo Lanfranchi hit an RBI single for Italy, Luca Bortolotti scored on an error, and Lorento Fabbri added a run-producing single.
In Monday’s third game, U.S. Central champ Grand Rapids, Mich., held off Maine District 3 champ Hampden 8-5 while Latin American champ Guatamala City battled Canadian champ Montreal in the nightcap.
Pool play continues Tuesday with the following four games: Asia-Pacific vs. EMEA, 10 a.m.; U.S. Central vs. Latin America, 1 p.m.; Maine District 3 vs. U.S. East, 5 p.m.; and U.S. Southwest vs. U.S. Southeast, 8 p.m.