Houston, Virginia teams unbeaten in Senior League World Series

Posted Aug. 12, 2014, at 1:31 p.m.
Last modified Aug. 12, 2014, at 10:17 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — U.S. Southwest champ Houston erupted for eight runs in the eighth inning to beat Europe-Africa champ Italy 11-3 in the second game of a four-game day Tuesday at the Senior League World Series at Mansfield Stadium.

Four pitchers combined on a four-hitter to lift U.S. Southeast champ Dumfries, Virginia, past Canadian champ Saskatchewan 10-0 in five innings in the day’s first game.

In the day’s third game, Latin America champ Curacao rolled by U.S. East champ Bristol, Connecticut, 11-1 in five innings. U.S. West champ Wailuku, Hawaii, shut out Asia-Pacific champ Northern Mariana Islands in the nightcap 10-0.

U.S. Southwest scored a run in the top of the fifth and tied the game at 3-3, but neither team could score in the next two innings, sending the game to extra innings where Julian Cranfield drove in the first run with a single to left, scoring William James.

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Jimmy Winston and Jacob Millender each added an RBI single and John Doxakis plated the inning’s fourth run with a sacrifice fly. A two-run single by Owen Holt, a run-producing double by James and an infield error accounted for the final runs.

Holt sparked U.S. Southwest (3-0) with a 4-for-5 effort that included three RBIs. Winston finished with a double, two singles and an RBI while Millender added two singles and two RBIs. Cranfield also singled twice.

Simone Alfinito Montecchi sparked Italy (0-2) with two singles and an RBI. Cesare Astorri added a single and two RBIs.

In the first game, Christian Colangelo, Fox Semones, Michael Nickles and Thomas Thorgersen combined on nine strikeouts and only one walk to help U.S. Southeast improve to 2-0 in pool play while Canada slipped to 0-3.

Thorgersen also provided an offensive spark for U.S. Southeast with a single and two RBIs. Benjamin Marotske chipped in with a two singles and an RBI while Matthew Nickles added a double and RBI.

Semones, Michael Nickles, Michael Morrissey and Danie Shookster each added a single and RBI for U.S. Southeast.

U.S. Southeast scored a run in the first inning, three in the second, another in the third and five more in the fourth. Canada failed to score in the top of the fifth and the game ended due to the 10-run mercy rule.

Jake Hesselink sparked Canada with a double and single while Lucas Yanko and Jordan Bieber each added a single.

In the nightcap, U.S. West put up eight runs in the top of the first and rode the two-hit pitching of Kristian Gilliland to improve to 2-1 in pool play while Asia-Pacific slipped to 0-2.

Gilliland struck out four and didn’t walk a batter.

He was supported by Shadd Santos who tripled, singled and drove in three runs. Orio Miyasato-Farias chipped in with two singles and an RBI while Lane Kashiwamura added a single and three RBIs.

Ka’O Mindoro and Colby Tam each added a single and drove in a run for the winners while Rylie Velez also notched an RBI.

Jhace Palacios doubled for Asia-Pacific and Nathan Camacho added a single.

The times for Wednesday’s four pool-play games have been moved up in an attempt to get the games in before rain hits. The schedule is: Latin America vs. Europe-Africa, 9:30 a.m.; Asia-Pacific vs. Canada, 12 p.m.; U.S. Southeast vs. Maine District 3, 2:30 p.m.; and U.S. East vs. U.S. Central, 5 p.m.

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

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