Little League World Series 2013 Scores: Day 5 Results, Highlights and Recap
It's win or go home on Monday at the 2013 Little League World Series as the loser's bracket continues to settle itself out.
And there is still a lot of sorting to be done.
Sunday's winner's bracket play sent four new teams to the loser's side. So, Monday will feature four games—plus a consolation game between Australia and the Southwest.
The winners of the four tournament games will face a hectic schedule. They will return to the field on Tuesday, while the winners of Sunday's games will rest until Wednesday.
So, the victorious teams from today will keep their championship hopes firmly alive, but they will also face a daunting task to keep advancing.
Check out the schedule and results for Monday's action, and then we'll offer up a recap of the action as the games complete.
|A||Southwest 5, Australia 2|
|17||Asia-Pacific 6, Caribbean 4|
|18||Southeast 10, Mid-Atlantic 0|
|19||Latin America 12, Canada 0|
|20||Northwest 6, Midwest 5|
Info via LittleLeague.org
All results and stats via LittleLeague.org.
Day 5 Scores and Recap
Southwest 5, Australia 2
In its first trip to the LLWS, Australia failed to pick up a win, but the team seemed to have a blast and the boys from Perth got closer with each contest.
After falling to Mexico 12-0 in the opener, it appeared like Australia was going to be vastly overmatched in this tournament. However, that didn't prove to be the case. For starters, Mexico looks amazing. It followed up its dominant victory over Australia with an even bigger 13-0 win over Latin America.
Meanwhile, Australia played the Caribbean tough in a 4-0 loss, and then finally cracked the scoreboard in a competitive game against the Southwest.
Australia even held a 2-0 lead in this game after plating two runs in the top of the third. However, the Southwest (Corpus Christi, Texas) answered right back by hanging a five spot in the bottom of the third.
Jacob Garza led the way for the Southwest by pitching five strong innings and ringing up 13 strikeouts.
The win will be a nice parting memory for the Corpus Christi boys. The Southwest fell to the Northwest, 8-4, in the opener and then 10-2 to the Southeast on Saturday.
Asia-Pacific 6, Caribbean 4
Following a heartbreaking 3-2 loss to Japan on Sunday evening, Asia-Pacific did not have any time to dwell on the loss. The Chinese Taipei team was back in action against the Caribbean this afternoon.
The Caribbean, represented by a team from Puerto Rico, actually outhit Asia-Pacific 9-6 in this game, and took a 3-0 lead into the bottom of the third.
However, Asia-Pacific plated a run in the third. Then, Caribbean starter Leonardo Lizardi lost control. He plunked four batters in the fourth inning and Huang Chao-Wei delivered a big hit to drive in two runs as Asia-Pacific took a 5-3 lead by adding four runs in the inning.
Asia-Pacific added another run in the fifth and then had to hang on the sixth. The Caribbean scored a run in the final frame and had the bases loaded with two outs. However, that is where the game came to an end.
An out at first base ends the game. Final score: Caribbean-4, Asia-Pacific-6 #LLWS— Little League (@LittleLeague) August 19, 2013
With the win, Asia-Pacific will return to action tomorrow to take on the winner of tonight's contest between Latin America and Canada.
Asia-Pacific beat Canada 10-2 earlier in this tournament.
Southeast 10, Mid-Atlantic 0 (4 innings)
After losing a 3-2 heartbreaker in the opener to New England, the Southeast is posting an impressive run through the loser's bracket.
That began with a 10-2 triumph over the Southwest on Saturday, and the boys from Nashville, Tennessee continued it on Monday by blanking the Mid-Atlantic.
The Southeast used a pair of pitchers to combine for this one-hit shutout. Tanner Morgan and Austin Kasick both pitched two excellent innings, as the bats provided more than enough offense.
After getting blanked in the first inning, the Southeast added six runs in the second, one in the third and three in the fourth before this game ended via the mercy rule.
It was a balanced offensive attack for the Southeast, and that team will now return to action on Tuesday to take on the winner of tonight's game between the Northwest and the Midwest.
Latin America 12, Canada 0
A day after being bounced from the winner's bracket with a humbling 13-0 loss to Mexico, Latin America came out and punished Canada.
Edgar Rosales led the way on the rubber for his squad. He pitched 2.2 solid innings as the Latin America pitchers combined to throw a one hitter.
Meanwhile, the bats caught fire in the second inning for the boys from Aguadulce, Panama. With hits coming all through the lineup, Latin America scored six runs in the third and repeated the trick in the fourth.
With Canada unable to get anything going offensively, this was enough to end the game via the mercy rule.
Latin America will now return to action on Tuesday to take on Asia-Pacific in what should be an excellent elimination game.
Northwest 6, Midwest 5
Sammamish, Wash. represented the Northwest well with a strong performance to stay alive in the Little League World Series.
The strong offensive squad got out to an early lead with two runs in the first inning. They continued to hit well until they were up 6-2 heading into the bottom of the sixth, thanks in large part to Jacob Dahlstrom's four hits from the No. 3 hole.
Of course, Urbandale was not going to give up too easily in the elimination game. A late rally helped the Iowa team get within one run in the final inning, but unfortunately they were unable to tie the game as the Midwest team was eliminated from the competition.
Sammamish got some motivation heading into the game with a tweet from Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll:
Best of luck to Sammamish Little League in their LLWS game tonight on ESPN2!— Pete Carroll (@PeteCarroll) August 19, 2013
This seemed to have a positive effect as the club was able to win for the eighth time in nine games since the beginning of regionals. They will try to keep it going with a game against Southeast representative, South Nashville Little League.
With the way this team is capable of hitting the ball, it is hard to imagine an elimination coming any time soon.
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