Thursday, August 15, 2013

Game 1 - Latin America Uses Big Second Inning to Push Past Caribbean 9-4

Armando Lopez came through with a triple
From Little League - By George Thompson 
Aguadulce Little League (LA) used a steady stream of passed balls and two home runs to open their 2013 Little League® Baseball World Series campaign with a 9-4 victory over Samaritana Little League (CAR) at Volunteer Stadium in Williamsport, Pa., on Thursday.

“It was a tough game,” Latin America manager Luis Gonzalez said after the game. “The important thing was that [we] won the game.”

After jumping out to a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning courtesy of a wild pitch, Latin America added five more runs in the bottom of the second to take a commanding 6-0 lead.
With runners on first and third, Armando Lopez came through with a triple, scoring both runners on the play. After the following batter reached first on a drop third strike − scoring Lopez on the play and giving Latin America a four-run lead − Daniel Fernandez added two more runs with a line drive home run to center field.

This gave Latin America a 6-0 lead, but the Caribbean team wasn’t ready to give up just yet. They responded with four runs of their own in the top of the fourth. With the score 6-1 after a bases-loaded walk and the bases still loaded, Pedro Aponte singled up the middle, scoring two runs on the play, and scored an additional run on a throwing error to third by catcher Juan Crisp, cutting Latin America’s lead to two.

However, this was as close as the Caribbean team got. Once Latin America got out of the inning without giving up any more runs, they added two more runs in the bottom of the fourth and one more in the bottom of the fifth.

In the fourth inning, Crisp made up for his throwing error with a two-run home run to center field. Then, in the fifth inning, they added one more run on another wild pitch.

Despite the loss, manager Brando Santiago was positive after the game, saying that they played a good team and he thought the nerves got to some of the players since it was their first time at the Little League World Series. “It was a very difficult game,” he said.

Even though they lost, manager Santiago said he expects his team to play better in their other games, passed balls included. “We’re going to expect more of them,” he said.

Latin America’s next game takes place at 12 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 18, while the Caribbean’s next game is at 12 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 17.