May 21, 2018
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Canada outlasts Asia-Pacific team in 13 innings during pool play at Senior League World Series


BANGOR, Maine — Caleb Bymak’s RBI single, with two outs in the bottom of the 13th inning Wednesday, lifted Canadian champion Regina, Saskatchewan, to a 6-5 victory over the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, representing Asia-Pacific, during pool play at the Senior League World Series.

The game was the longest ever played at Mansfield Stadium, in terms of the number of innings.

Canada’s Jordan Bieber was hit by a pitch with two out in the 13th, then special pinch-runner Parker Filazek advanced to second on a single by Jake Hesselink.

Bymak followed by grounding an 0-1 pitch up the middle and into center field to drive home Filazek with the game-ending run.

Bieber earned the pitching win with 7⅓ innings of scoreless relief. He struck out two batters and issued two walks while scattering eight hits.

CNMI led 3-1 before Canada scored four runs in the bottom of the fourth to take a 5-3 lead. RBI singles by Hesselink and Brandon Metz highlighted that rally.

CNMI (0-3) tied the game with two unearned runs in the top of the sixth, then the game remained scoreless until the 13th inning.

Hesselink finished with three singles for 1-3 Canada, which amassed eight hits.

CNMI had 15 hits in the game, including four singles by Darion Jones and two hits each from Alfonso Evangelista, Melvin Sakisat Jr. and Nathan Camacho.

Earlier in the day, Latin America champion Willemstad, Curacao, improved to 3-0 in pool play by pulling away in the late innings for a 14-4 victory over Europe-Africa representative Emilia, Italy.

Curacao took control with five runs in the top of the fifth inning to take a 9-4 advantage, with an RBI single by Swindly Lint driving home Joshman Doran with the go-ahead run.

Curacao added five more runs in the seventh to put the game away.

Mairion Brunken earned the pitching win by allowing two runs on four hits over four innings with five strikeouts and two walks.

Rodolfo Rodrigues, Nathanael Makaya and Zaino Henriquez combined for six hits and six RBIs to pace Curacao’s offense.

Matteo Friggeri paced Italy’s five-hit attack with a two-run double in the bottom of the first inning, which helped stake his team to a 4-3 lead.

Simone Alfinito Montecchi also had an RBI single for the Europe-Africa team.

Italy, which lost its first two games in extra innings, is now 0-3 in pool play.

Austin Anderson pitched a four-hit shutout as U.S. Central champion Grand Rapids, Michigan, defeated U.S. East winner Bristol, Connecticut, in Wednesday’s game, which was moved up to the afternoon and shifted to Mahaney Diamond on the campus of the University of Maine in Orono in an effort to beat the rain.

Anderson struck out four batters and walked two in his complete-game, 85-pitch performance.

This game was scoreless until the bottom of the fifth, when Grand Rapids scored all five of its runs. Anderson, Kyler Tuttle and Jake Boonstra each had an RBI single before Elijah Spencer capped off the rally with a two-run single.

Eight different players singled in the game for Grand Rapids, 1-2 in pool play.

Connor Crean doubled for Bristol, which concluded its pool-play schedule with a 1-3 record.

Jaeden Rasmus was the starting pitcher for the Connecticut team, allowing four runs with four strikeouts and two walks over 4⅔ innings.

Thursday’s final round of pool play — weather permitting — begins with Asia-Pacific against U.S. Southeast at 10 a.m.; then Europe-Africa will play U.S. Central at 1 p.m.; host Bangor will face U.S. West champion Wailuku, Hawaii, at 5 p.m.; and the U.S. Southwest will compete against Latin America at 8 p.m.

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