After an action-packed opening day at Williamsport, Pennsylvania, the Little League World Series continued with some big matchups Friday.
The first day was all about offense as all four winning teams scored at least 10 runs. It will be a challenge for the eight teams competing on Day 2 to keep up with this pace, but there is enough talent to make things interesting.
Follow along for a complete recap of each game that will be updated throughout the day.
Day 2 Scores
|Team 1||Score/Time (ET)||Team 2|
|Mid-Atlantic (PA)||4-0||Southeast (TN)|
|Southwest (TX)||6-4||New England (RI)|
|Asia-Pacific - Seoul LL - Seoul, South Korea||1-0|
|Australia - Perth Metro North LL - Perth, Australia||0-1|
|Canada - South Vancouver LL - Vancouver, British Columbia||0-1|
|Caribbean - Miguel Luzunaris LL - Humacao, Puerto Rico||1-0|
|Europe-Africa - South Moravia LL - Brno, Czech Republic||0-1|
|Japan - Tokyo Kitasuna LL - Tokyo, Japan||1-0|
|Latin America - Coquivacoa LL - Maracaibo, Venezuela||0-1|
|Mexico - Guadalupe Linda Vista LL - Guadalupe, Nuevo León||1-0|
|Great Lakes - Jackie Robinson West LL - Chicago, Illinois||1-0|
|Mid-Atlantic - Taney Youth Baseball Association LL - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania||1-0|
|Midwest - Canyon Lake LL - Rapid City, South Dakota||0-1|
|New England - Cumberland American LL - Cumberland, Rhode Island||0-1|
|Northwest - Lynnwood Pacific LL - Lynnwood, Washington||0-1|
|Southeast - South Nashville LL - Nashville, Tennessee||0-1|
|Southwest - Pearland East LL - Pearland, Texas||1-0|
|West - Mountain Ridge LL - Las Vegas, Nevada||1-0|
You can view the latest bracket courtesy of LittleLeague.org.
Day 2 Recap
Japan 1, Venezuela 0
An epic pitching duel between talented young players ended with Japan escaping with a 1-0 victory over Venezuela.
Ben Brigandi of the Williamsport Sun-Gazette noted how well Takuma Takahashi had performed early:
Mo'Ne Davis, you'v'e got competition for best LLWS pitching effort today. Japan's Takuma Takahashi perfect through 3 with 6 strikeouts.— Ben Brigandi (@benbrigandisg) August 15, 2014
While Asnaldo Caicedo broke up the perfect game in the fourth inning, that was the only hit allowed in six innings. Takahashi struck out 14 batters while walking none in the spectacular performance.
Jorge Cabrera was also impressive on the mound for the Latin American team, pitching all six innings while allowing just the one run. However, that was enough to decide the game.
Japan had a number of baserunners throughout the competition, but they could not get the big hit and lost a few chances due to mistakes on the basepaths. However, Suguru Kanamori came through in the third inning with the lone RBI of the contest to put the team up for good.
The perennial contenders will move on to face Mexico, although the squad will hope to see a little more offense going forward.
Venezuela will now compete against Canada with the tournament on the line. One more loss could knock out one of the more talented clubs in all of Williamsport.
Pennsylvania 4, Tennessee 0
Mo’Ne Davis had been the biggest story coming into the Little League World Series, and the hype will not be going away any time soon.
The female pitcher came through with her second consecutive complete-game shutout to quiet the Tennessee bats and lead her team to a 4-0 win.
Jared Sprague-Lott gave the Philadelphia team the early lead, as noted by Chris May of CBS:
BOOM! Quick start for the Taney Dragons. They lead 3-0 in the 1st inning after Jared Sprague-Lott leaves the yard. #LittleLeagueWorldSeries— Chris May (@chrismayCBS3) August 15, 2014
Davis was able to do the rest with a start that got everyone’s attention:
Mo'Ne Davis is throwing smoke again in the Little League World Series. She's retired her first six batters. pic.twitter.com/FEVnKtOfQt— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) August 15, 2014
As she continued, even Los Angeles Angels superstar Mike Trout was impressed:
The young player is one of two girls in this tournament, but she believes she can make an impact for the future, via CBS News:
Probably like a couple of years from now, there'll be a lot of girls here, and then it won't be just like all boys, so they'll have to build like another dorm for girls, so it'll be a huge impact if more girls start playing.
Taney Youth will advance to face the winner Southwest and New England in the next round. Although Davis will not be able to pitch, the squad is deep enough to keep this winning run alive.
Tennessee was not able to come through in this one, but the squad still has shown through regionals that it has the talent to be a top contender in this tournament. The downside is one more loss means the whole team is going home early.
Mexico 4, Canada 3
In the closest game of the tournament so far, Mexico got out to an early lead and held on late to earn the one-run win.
Luis Rodriguez led the offense with three hits and two RBI in the win. Canada simply could not come through with a big hit when needed.
Juan Garza was solid on the mound with nine strikeouts in four innings, but his true skill was escaping trouble. After Mexico built up a 3-1 lead going into the fourth, Canada had a tough challenge before the pitcher was able to get out of it, as noted by Ben Brigandi of the Williamsport Sun-Gazette:
Juan Garza whiffs two pinch-hitters to strand two runners and keep Mexico's lead at 3-1 over Canada in middle of 4th. He's at 65 pitches.— Ben Brigandi (@benbrigandisg) August 15, 2014
In the fifth inning, Canada was once again challenging the lead in a situation described by ESPN's Dan Shulman:
Emma Marsh comes to the plate for Canada, with Mexico leading 4-2 and the bases load with 1 out in the 5th in Williamsport @SouthVanLL— Dan Shulman (@DShulman_ESPN) August 15, 2014
Unfortunately, some questionable calls led to a strikeout:
Ummm….strike zone seems kind of wide.— Dan Shulman (@DShulman_ESPN) August 15, 2014
Mexico escaped while allowing just one run in the inning to end the last big threat in the game. Aldair Tellez closed out the win with a solid effort in relief.
Guadalupe Linda Vista will advance to the next round to face the winner of Latin America and Japan. After narrowly surviving this game, the squad will certainly be on its toes going forward.
On the other side, South Vancouver will try to stay alive in the double-elimination tournament with a contest against the loser of Friday's other international game. The Canadian team has the talent to make a run at Williamsport, but there are no more chances with another loss.
Texas 6, Rhode Island 4
Texas jumped out to an early lead in Friday’s matchup with Rhode Island and appeared ready to cruise to victory. However, it had to hang on for dear life down the stretch.
Texas took the control in the first inning when Presley Smith drove in two runs when he dropped a critical bloop single into right field. Texas tacked on three runs in the top of the sixth thanks to Michael Groover’s two-run single to build a 6-1 lead heading into the bottom half of the inning.
Rhode Island tried to make the most of its final three outs though and chipped away at the lead. Landon Donley came on in relief, and Tom Robinson of TeamUSA.org painted the picture:
Landon Donley comes on to pitch for Pearland East in lefty-lefty match-up. One out, bases loaded, 6-3.— Tom Robinson (@tomjrobinson) August 16, 2014
Donley delivered under the pressure though and limited the damage. Rhode Island did manage to score three runs in the sixth inning and brought the potential winning run to the plate twice, but Texas held on for the victory.
Matthew Adams struck out seven for Texas and recorded the win.
Next up for Texas is a showdown with Mo’Ne Davis and the popular Taney Youth squad from Pennsylvania.
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