Sunday, August 18, 2013

Sierra Strikes Out 10 In Caribbean Victory Over Australia

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From Little League By Darian Somers 
The Caribbean team relied on a strong pitching performance by Tommylee Sierra to down Australia 4-0 at Volunteer Stadium. Sierra struck out ten as the team from Samaritana Little League® in Puerto Rico advanced in the Little League World Series®.

The loss ends Perth Metro Central Little League’s run at the World Series title. However, the team -- which is the first ever to represent the newly designated region -- posted five hits.

"We have another level to raise our game to," said Australia manager Glen Tovey. "But at least we have the experience to say 'We've felt it. We've seen it. We understand it.' We will work on it. One thing Aussies are great at is we love to work on improving."

Australia's Maverick Hamilton threw a nice game for the Australia as well. He struck out seven and gave up just two earned runs.

Hamilton and Sierra kept both teams' bats at bay through the first three innings. Each pitcher gave up just two hits in the first three innings, but the Caribbean team broke things open in the fourth with a two-run, three-run rally.

The Caribbean team got on the board when Yamil Velazquez doubled down the first-base line, scoring Robert Addarich, and then Velazquez came around to score along with Jan Osorio when Pablo Sanchez reached on an error.

Meanwhile, Sierra picked up four strikeouts in the final three innings and the Caribbean team added one more run in the bottom of the fifth for some insurance.

The Caribbean team will play on Monday at 2 p.m. at Volunteer Stadium. Australia will face Southwest (from Texas) in a consolation game on Monday at noon.