May 20, 2018
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Virginia earns berth in Senior League World Series semifinals


BANGOR, Maine — U.S. Southeast champ Dumfries, Virginia, beat Asia-Pacific champ Northern Mariana Islands 9-1 Thursday in the final day of pool play at the Senior League World Series to earn a berth in Friday’s semifinal round at Mansfield Stadium.

Europe-Africa champ Italy shut out U.S. Central champ Grand Rapids, Michigan, 1-0 in the day’s first game and Maine District 3 champ Bangor edged U.S. West champ Wailuku, Hawaii, 3-1 in the day’s third game to also earn a berth in the semifinals.

In the nightcap, two teams which already earned a date in the semifinals battled for first place in Pool B with Latin America champ Curacao defeating U.S. Southwest champ Houston 4-2.

In the day’s second game, Virginia pitchers Matthew Nickles and Thomas Thorgersson held Asia-Pacific to five hits.

Nickles started and pitched three innings, allowing just one hit while not walking a batter and striking out two. Thorgersson scattered four hits and a run over the next four innings. He walked two and struck out two.

Michael Nickles, Matthew’s twin brother, sparked the offense with three singles and two RBIs for Virginia (3-1). Benjamin Marotske chipped in with two singles and Christian Colangelo added a single and an RBI. Liam Kelly also drove in a run.

In the day’s first game, Italy’s Michele Pomponi struck out nine, didn’t walk a batter and gave up only three hits to record the win.

Cade Cintorino and Bruce Buurstra also turned in strong pitching performances for U.S. Central as Cintorino gave up a hit and two walks while striking out three and Buurstra was reached for two hits and a run. He walked one and struck out two.

Italy scored the game’s only run in the top of second. Davide Azzali hit a one-out single to left, stole second, advanced to third on Matteo Friggeri’s single and scored on Luca Coffrini’s sacrifice fly.

In the nightcap, Nelmerson Angela allowed only three hits over 6 1/3 innings to lead Latin America to victory. He struck out seven and walked one.

In Friday’s semifinals, Bangor will take on U.S. Southwest at 11:30 a.m.and U.S. Southeast will battle Latin American at 2:30 p.m. The winners advance to Saturday’s 2 p.m. championship game.


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