Little League World Series 2012: Previewing Day 7 Action

Ian HanfordFeatured ColumnistAugust 22, 2012

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It's hard to imagine any moment surpassing Will Lucas' no-hitter at this year's Little League World Series, but teams competing on Day 7 will certainly try.

Wednesday's action is where things get really interesting. Semifinal play on the American and international side will commence, and the remaining teams are the best of the best.

Let's take a look at each game taking place in South Williamsport, Penn. on Wednesday.


Aguadulce, Panama vs. Tokyo, Japan

Panama and Japan are the only two undefeated teams remaining on the international side of things, so this should be an extremely competitive game.

Panama reached this point by outscoring Uganda and Canada 17-6 in their first two games. Their offense has been paced by slugging shortstop/pitcher James Gonzalez along with Julio Goff and Daniel Cruz. All three are hitting at least .500 according to the official LLWS website.

They will be trying to outscore a Japan team that hasn't allowed a run in LLWS action thus far. They opened the tournament with a 7-0 victory over Curacao, and followed that up with a 2-0 walk-off victory over Chinese Taipei.

This should be interesting. Japan can't pitch shutouts for the entire tournament, or maybe they can. Either way something has to give in this one.


Goodlettsville, Tennessee vs. San Antonio Texas

On to the undefeated teams competing on the American side. Both of these teams have been dominant thus far in South Williamsport.

Tennessee has scored 21 runs in two games. Brock Myers' two home runs have stolen the show for this squad, and he will try to continue that trend against Texas in his biggest game thus far.

Texas got here by defeating two very good squads. They held New Jersey and Indiana each to two runs apiece and will look to continue their excellent pitching against Goodlettsville's hot bats.

Both of Wednesday's games pit a hot offense against stellar pitching. Make sure you tune in to see which side wins out and earns the right to continue their undefeated march toward the LLWS championship.