June 24, 2018
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Twin brothers pitch U.S. Southeast to victory in opening day of Senior League World Series

Linda Coan O'Kresik | BDN
Linda Coan O'Kresik | BDN
Maine District 3's Nicholas Cowperthwaite delivers a pitch against Canada in the opener of the Senior League World Series Sunday at Mansfield Stadium. Maine won 7-2.


BANGOR, Maine — Twin brothers Michael and Matthew Nickles combined on a five-hitter to lead U.S. Southeast champ Dumfries, Virginia, by U.S. West champ Wailuku, Hawaii, 5-1 in the nightcap of the Senior League World Series opening round Sunday at Mansfield Stadium.

Michael Nickles, a left-hander, pitched the first 2 ⅔ innings and allowed just a hit while not walking a batter and striking out one. His brother, Matthew Nickles, a right-hander, then came on to finish the game while scattering four hits and two walks while striking out six.

Michael Nickles also contributed offensively with two singles while teammate Michael Morrissey also singled twice and scored a run.

Thomas Thorgersen and Benjamin Marotske each chipped in with a single and an RBI while Chris Redmon and Fox Semones each drove in a run.

Rylie Velez sparked the U.S. West with a double, single and RBI. His RBI in the fourth provided the game’s only run until the U.S. Southeast broke loose for five runs in the top of the seventh when Redmon, Marotske, Thorgersen and Semones each drove in a run. Another run was scored on an infield error.

In the first game of the four-game day, Maine District 3 champ Bangor beat Canadian champ Regina, Saskatchewan, 7-2 while U.S. Southwest champ Houston rolled past U.S. East champ Bristol, Connecticut, 10-0 in the day’s third game.

Joshmar Doran allowed only three hits in 6 2/3 innings to lift Latin America champ Pariba Little League of Curacao by U.S. Central champ Grand Rapids, Michigan, 7-0 in the second game.

After Geedion Jakob struck out the first batter, Doran came on to throw an economical 86 pitches while not walking a batter and striking out six in the day’s second game.

He was backed up by Riordan Windster, who recorded three singles and drove in a run. Raysheandal Michel chipped in with two singles and an RBI while Jerson Dometilla added a single and two RBIs. Rrowensly Klaber and Nathanael Makaya each added a hit and RBI.

Latin America struck for five runs in the second inning, highlighted by RBI singles from Dometilla and Windster and a run-scoring double by Makaya.

Christian Falicki singled twice for U.S.Central.

In the day’s third game, John Doxakis doubled, singled twice and drove in two runs to power U.S. Southwest to victory in the six-inning game.

William James, Owen Holt and Carson Maxwell each contributed two singles to U.S. Southwest’s 13-hit attack with Holt driving in two runs and James plating one. Joe Gobillot chipped in with a single and three RBIs.

Jacob Millender also singled and drove in a run and Julian Cranfield blasted a triple and scored twice.

Doxakis also notched the pitching victory as he allowed four hits and a walk in 4 1/3 innings while striking out six. Millender came on to finish and allowed only one hit and struck out two.

U.S.Southwest ended the game with three runs in the bottom of the sixth. Cranfield tripled to left to lead off the inning and scored on Millender’s one-out single. Gobillot and Holt added run-scoring singles.

Ben Mazzone, Harrison Patten, Joe Dorsio, Andrew Owsianko and Brad Burney each notched a single for U.S. East.

Pool play continues in the tourney on Monday when Europe-Africa takes on U.S. East at 10 a.m. to open the four-game day. The games that follow are: U.S. West vs. Canada, 1 p.m.; Maine District 3 vs. Asia-Pacific, 5 p.m.; and U.S. Central vs. U.S. Southwest, 8 p.m.


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