Friday, August 28, 2015

SOUTHWEST ADVANCES TO U.S. CHAMPIONSHIP GAME

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South Williamsport, PA - Thursday was a rough outing for Ben Gottfried, but Southwest still managed to pull out a 9-7 victory over West in eight innings at Lamade Stadium.

Gottfried allowed six in 5 2/3, but the bullpen gave up one run and the offense banged out 12 to pick up the slack and secure the win for Southwest.

The teams traded runs for most of the contest, leading to eight lead changes in the game.

Southwest pulled out the win thanks to a strong eighth inning. Southwest went up for good on a two-run home run by Caleb Low off Jacob Baptista, scoring Zack Mack.

Southwest hit four home runs in the win. Additional home runs for Southwest came when Mack homered in the first inning, Marco Gutierrez homered in the fifth inning, and Gottfried homered in the eighth inning.

Mack racked up five RBIs on two hits for Southwest. He homered in the first inning and singled in the fourth inning.

Isaac Garcia got the win in relief for Southwest. Garcia pitched 2 1/3 innings and allowed one run.

Baptista ended up on the wrong side of the pitching decision, charged with the loss. He lasted just 2 2/3 innings, walked five, struck out six, and allowed three runs.

The top of the first saw West take an early lead, 3-0. West got a spark in the form of a Nate Nankil single, before before Walker Lannom homered, bringing home Nankil and Levi Mendez.

Southwest survived West's surge and put up four runs of its own in the first. Southwest scored on a home run by Mack.

Mendez's solo blast helped West score three runs in the third.

Southwest pushed across one run in both the fourth inning and the fifth. In the fourth, Southwest scored on an RBI single by Mack, plating Garcia.

Southwest quickly matched West's strong inning with a three-run inning of its own in the eighth.This article posted with permission of Little League Baseball®.

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