BANGOR — Chayce Kaaua doubled and singled and drove home two runs as Hilo, Hawaii, remained unbeaten and captured first place in Pool B of the Senior League World Series with a 7-1 victory over Midland, Mich., at Mansfield Stadium on Thursday afternoon.
The win advances the U.S. West champions (4-0) to a 1 p.m. semifinal Friday against Pool A runner-up Friuli Venezia Giulia, Italy.
With Hilo’s victory, defending SLWS champion San Nicolas, Aruba, clinched second place in Pool B. The Latin America representative (3-1) will play Pool A champion Tyler, Texas, in Friday’s 10 a.m. semifinal.
Kaaua and Quintin Torres-Costa each singled home a run during a three-run third-inning rally by Hawaii that snapped a scoreless tie.
Hawaii added an unearned run in the fourth, and Kean Wong had an RBI single in the fifth and Davey Camacho highlighted a two-run uprising in the sixth with an RBI single.
Michigan (2-2) scored its lone run in the seventh, when Rico Angel walked and came around to score on a fielder’s choice by Michael Wright.
Jarett Kitaoka, Torres-Costa, Keenan Nishioka and Camacho combined to pitch a four-hitter, with Kitaoka working three scoreless innings to earn the win.
Nishioka also singled twice for Hilo, Hawaii, which is seeking its first SLWS championship since 2003.
Logan Madill pitched into the sixth inning for Michigan, and also doubled and singled to pace the U.S. Central team’s offense.
<span class=”Sports_agate_baseball”>U.S. West (4-0) 003 112 0 — 7 9 2</span>
<span class=”Sports_agate_baseball”>U.S. Central (2-2) 000 000 1 — 1 4 5</span>
<span class=”Sports_agate”>Kitaoka, Torres-Costa (4), Nishioka (5), Camacho (7) and Wong; Madill, Cassidy (6) and Toland</span>
<span class=”Sports_10tb”>EMEA 9, US East 8</span>
Davide Bertoldi singled and later scored on a wild pitch in the sixth inning, giving the Europe-Middle East-Asia team from Friuli Venezia Giulia, Italy, the margin of victory and the final spot in Friday’s semifinals.
Marco Mari, Daniele Furlan, Alessandro Tonzar and Alex Ceccotti each had an RBI single during 3-1 Italy’s eight-run third inning, which gave it the upper hand and the lead for good.
Tonzar singled three times to pace Italy’s 11-hit attack, while Bertoldi and Mari each added another single.
Tonzar and Enrico Varin combined to hold the squad from Talbot County, Md., to nine hits.
Talbot County had the potential tying run at second base in the seventh, but couldn’t equalize. Tayvon Blake singled three times and knocked in two runs for US East, while Dustin Jones stroked a triple and two singles with an RBI. Talbot County ended the tournament at 2-2.
<span class=”Sports_agate_baseball”>Italy 008 001 0 — 9 11 2</span>
<span class=”Sports_agate_baseball”>US East 005 020 1 — 8 9 2</span>
<span class=”Sports_agate”>Tonzar, Varin (5) and Deotto; Delaney, Shaw (3), Jackson (3), Blake (7) and Slaughenhoupt</span>
<span class=”Sports_10tb”>EMEA 13, Canada 7</span>
Daniele Furlan tripled, doubled, scored three runs and had two RBIs as Friuli Venezia Giulia, Italy, won a battle of the big innings against Notre Dame de Grace Little League of Montreal, Quebec.
The win gave the Europe-Middle East-Africa champion its second win in pool play.
Italy scored seven runs in the second inning and then countered a five-run Canada rally in the bottom of the third and a game-tying two-run uprising in the fifth with five runs in the top of the sixth to pull away.
Enrico Furlan added a double, two singles, two RBIs and two runs scored for the winners, while Marco Mari and Alessandro Tonzer each singled twice.
Alberto Domini, Diego Dose and Lorenzo Massa combined to allow just six hits on the mound for Italy, with Dose earning the win in relief.
Eric Punski paced Canada (0-4) with two singles, while Oliver Singson had a three-run double and Jake Titleman also doubled.
<span class=”Sports_agate_baseball”>EMEA (2-1) 070 005 1 — 13 11 3</span>
<span class=”Sports_agate_baseball”>Canada (0-4) 005 020 0 — 7 6 5</span>
<span class=”Sports_agate”>Domini, Dose (3), Massa (6) and Miceu; Wyatt, Lall (6), Punski (6) and Carmel</span>
<span class=”Sports_10tb”>Southeast 15, Asia Pacifiic 7</span>
Palm Bay, Fla., erupted for seven unearned runs in the bottom of the fifth inning, erasing a three-run deficit, and held on for its first win of the tournament.
Matt Rose and Jim Tolle each went 3-for-4 with two RBIs for Palm Bay (1-3), the U.S. Southeast champ. Rose posted a double and two singles while Tolle had three singles. Matthew Meyer singled twice, tripled and knocked in a run. C.J. Goldsmith drove in three runs on two singles.
Meyer pitched 5 1/3 scoreless innings, allowing three hits with seven strikeouts.
Melvin Rosita led Tanauan City, Philippines, with a double, a single and three RBIs. Miguel Olmos and Christian Mercado each added two singles and an RBI.
Tanauan City (0-4) scored three runs in the first inning and four in the second for an early 7-1 lead, but wound up committing six errors, including three in Asia Pacific’s seven-run fifth.
<span class=”Sports_agate_baseball”>Asia Pacific 340 000 0 — 7 11 6</span>
<span class=”Sports_agate_baseball”>Southeast 102 174 x — 15 15 2</span>
<span class=”Sports_agate”>Ruiz, Mercado (5), Rosita (6) and Lavado; Rhodes, Meyer (2) and Tolle</span>