Little League World Series 2013: Predicting Winners from Sunday's Action

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Little League World Series 2013: Predicting Winners from Sunday's Action
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There have been plenty of exciting events from the first three days of the Little League World Series, and Sunday could feature even more excitement in the four scheduled games.

The competition will pick up a bit more on Sunday.  The eight teams playing are remaining undefeated teams from the first eight opening-round games that were played on Thursday and Friday.

A few of these matchups feature some completely dominating teams facing each other.

We have gotten a good look at these teams during their first games, so now we can try to predict the winners for Sunday's action.

Latin America vs. Mexico

Latin America looked pretty good in their outing thanks to a big five-run inning in the bottom of the second thanks to big hits by Armando Lopez and Daniel Fernandez.

While the Latin America squad was able to pull off the 9-4 win, Mexico was absolutely relentless in their victory.  They were able to pull off a 12-0 win in just four innings of play, with Brandon Meza going 3.2 innings with eight strikeouts and allowing just two hits.  He also went 2-for-2 from the plate with three RBI.

After how dominant Mexico was, this is an easy choice.

Winner: Mexico

 

Northwest vs. New England

Jack Carper stepped up big for the Northwest team in their 8-4 victory of the Southwest kids.  He went 3-for-4 with three RBI, but the biggest hit on the day came in the second inning when he was able to hit a big solo homer to give his team a 5-1 lead.

New England had a much closer game, but Chad Knight was the hero.  He allowed just one run and tossed eight strikeouts on slightly over four innings of play. He even came up with the game-winning RBI double.

New England will be coming off of the momentum of a dramatic victory, and that can motivate a team quite a bit.  Look for these kids to start off this game hot and keep it going until the final out.

Winner: New England

 


West vs. Mid-Atlantic

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No one has become a bigger hero so far in Williamsport than Grant Holman for the West.  He threw 86 pitches in an amazing seven-inning no-hitter, the first extra-inning no-hitter since the pitch count rules were brought into existence in 2007.

The Mid-Atlantic team didn't have nearly as dramatic of a win, but they certainly played a great game.  They were able to put up five of their six runs in just the first inning.  In fact, both teams scored just one run each after the first inning as the pitching settled down.

There's no way I'm going against the team that had a no-no.  It's just too good to pass up. California's squad will win this one, even if Holman isn't doing the pitching.

Winner: West

 

Asia-Pacific vs. Japan

You like to see dominance on both sides of the ball, and the Asia-Pacific team did just that.  Not only were the bats hot enough to drive in 10 runs, Tung-Jua Yeh was also able to have a solid outing on the mound.  He went three innings without allowing a run and struck out four Canadian batters.

For Japan, Kazuki Ishida was the big contributor.  He shut them down pitching the first inning, then hit a double and home run at the plate to cap off a nice day.

The strong performances by both the batters and pitchers make Asia-Pacific one of the early favorites to make a deep run, but both of these teams will make for a great game to cap off Sunday.

Winner: Asia Pacific 

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