Connecticut pitcher records 8-inning shutout in win over Italy at Senior League World Series

Posted Aug. 11, 2014, at 6:16 p.m.
Last modified Aug. 11, 2014, at 10:48 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — Brad Burney opened the second day of the Senior League World Series with eight shutout innings as U.S. East champ Bristol, Connecticut, edged Europe-Africa champ Italy 1-0 Monday at Mansfield Stadium.

U.S. West champ Wailuku, Hawaii, rolled past Canadian champ Regina, Saskatchewan, 11-0 in five innings in the day’s second game. Maine District 3 champ Bangor defeated Asia-Pacific champ Northern Mariana Islands 13-3 in six innings in the day’s third game and U.S. Southwest champ Houston blanked U.S. Central champ Grand Rapids, Michigan, 6-0 in the nightcap.

In the day’s first game, Burney threw 95 pitches while scattering four hits and a walk and striking out four to help U.S. East even its record to 1-1 in pool play.

U.S. East staged a two-out rally in the bottom of the eighth to score the game’s only run. Andrew Owsianko drew a walk, advanced to second on Burney’s single to center and scored when Ben Mazzone singled to left.

Joe Dorsio chipped in with a single and double for U.S. East. He doubled in the second inning and advanced to third on an infield groundout, but was stranded when Michele Pomponi struck out the next batter to end the inning.

Pomponi allowed only four hits and didn’t walk a batter in 5 2/3 innings. He also struck out six before being relieved by Matteo Friggeri, who gave up two hits and a run in two innings.

Filippo Valenti, Luca Coffrini, Carlo Tanara and Edoardo Acerbi each notched a single for Europe-Africa (0-1).

In the second game, Orion Miyasato-Farias drove in three runs and Shadd Santos, Lane Kashiwamura and Ka’O Mindoro each plated two to help U.S. West (1-1) roll to the victory. Santos, Miyasato-Farias and Kashiwamura each recorded two singles while Mindoro singled and doubled.

Rylie Velez chipped in with a single and double for the winners.

U.S. West put the game away in the fifth with a seven-run inning when Kashiwamura and Miyasato-Farias each drove in two runs. Two wild pitches also accounted for two runs.

Akoni Hamilton-Golis held Canada to just two hits. He walked two and struck out seven.

Zach Lehner and Caleb Bymak each singled for Canada (0-2).

In the nightcap, Joe Gobillot held U.S. Central (0-2) to two hits in 4 1/3 innings to help U.S. Southwest (2-0) prevail. Gobillot walked two batters and struck out seven before being relieved by Jimmy Winston, who threw 2 2/3 hitless innings and struck out seven. He didn’t walk a batter.

William James and Aaron Cranfield sparked U.S. Southwest’s eight-hit attack with two singles each, with Cranfield driving in a run. Julian Cranfield chipped in with a double and two RBIs. Winston and Jacob Millender each added a single and an RBI and Carson Maxwell also drove in a run.

U.S. Southwest scored three runs in the third and three more in the fourth.

Collin Stulpe and Kyler Tuttle each notched a single for U.S. Central.

In the third day of pool play on Tuesday, the tourney schedule will be: Canada vs. U.S. Southeast, 10 a.m.; U.S. Southwest vs. Europe-Africa, 1 p.m.; Latin America vs. U.S. East, 5 p.m.; and U.S. West vs. Asia-Pacific, 8 p.m.

Pool play continues Wednesday and Thursday, followed by the semifinals on Friday and the championship game on Saturday.

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