The 2014 Little League World Series increased its intensity on Saturday, as four contests determined which teams would avoid early departures from the tournament. All eight teams in action entered the day with a 0-1 record—a precarious position in a double-elimination format.
While not every game remained close, we witnessed valiant efforts from each squad on Saturday. Although, at the end of the day, only four teams would continue their journeys in hopes of becoming this year's champion.
Before Day 4 of the tournament gets underway, let's first take a look at the results from Day 3 and overview the upcoming schedule.
Day 3 Results
|Team 1||Score||Team 2|
Day 4 Schedule
|Game||Matchup||Time (ET)||TV Info|
|13||Asia-Pacific vs. Caribbean||12 p.m.||ESPN2|
|14||West vs. Great Lakes||2 p.m.||ABC|
|15||Mexico vs. Japan||5 p.m.||ESPN|
|16||Southwest vs. Mid-Atlantic||7 p.m.||ESPN2|
Day 3 Recap
Australia 10, Europe-Africa 1
It was a big day for Australia at the plate, as the team avoided elimination by defeating Europe-Africa by a score of 10-1 in six innings.
The young Aussies jumped out to a 2-0 lead through four innings after scoring a run in both the second and fourth. However, the team did the majority of its damage in the fifth inning, bringing home five baserunners to quickly take a 7-0 lead.
Tarrant Reimers kicked things off with an RBI double, followed by RBI singles from Etienne Charette and Javier Pelkonen and steals of home from Charette and Jordano Vivona.
After scoring three more runs in the sixth, Australia claimed its decisive victory. The win was Australia's first ever in the tournament's history. Here's a look at the team's celebration, via Little League International's Instagram account:
Callum Schipp looked great on the mound for the Aussies, totaling 11 strikeouts while allowing just one run on three hits and one walk over 5.1 innings.
Northwest 7, Midwest 5
This was a highly entertaining contest, as both of these talented teams produced an exciting back-and-forth battle through six innings.
The Northwest jumped out to an early lead in the first inning thanks to a two-run single from Ben Grant. However, the lead didn't last long, as the Midwest posted three runs in the bottom of the inning on a Matthew Hegre home run.
Later in the third inning, the Northwest plated two more runs on a single from Karsen Tjarneberg, but the Midwest rallied once more on a two-run double from Daniel Vigoren. Unfortunately for the Midwest, that would mark its final run of the game.
The Northwest took control in the fourth and fifth innings, scoring three more runs—two of which were due to a two-run blast by Colton Walsh.
Tjarneberg held the Midwest hitless through 2.2 innings on the mound, but Vigoren didn't have such luck, as he earned the loss after the Northwest pelted him for two runs in 2.1 innings.
Latin America 10, Canada 0
The third contest of the day was also the most lopsided, as Latin America dismantled the Canadian team by a score of 10-0 through five innings.
While Latin America looked good at the plate, its pitching was simply dominant. Jose Luis Atencio and Edgardo Mariaga combined to pitch all five innings in scoreless fashion, allowing just two hits along the way.
Canada was able to hold the game to a 0-0 draw through two innings; however, Latin America's bats woke up in a big way in the third. Cesar Leonardo Vivas produced an RBI single, which also brought in a second run on a Canada throwing error to propel his team to a 2-0 lead.
The team continued its onslaught in the fourth and fifth, scoring eight runs in that span. Shortstop Ronny Medina ended the game due to the mercy rule with a grand slam.
Latin America manager Jesus Rafael Arangueren summed up his team's performance with a brief sentence, via LLBWS.org, "We had a good combination today of offense and defense."
New England 8, Southeast 7
It was certainly appropriate that the day's final game was also its most exciting. Both of these teams battled through six innings only to reach a dramatic conclusion chock-full of offensive firepower.
The Southeast started quickly on Saturday, earning a one-run lead through the first inning, although it didn't take long for New England's bats to ignite.
Trey Bourque blasted a three-run jack in the bottom of the second to get his team back on top, but another Southeast run in the third narrowed the gap to 3-2.
In the fourth, New England seemed to have the game well in hand after scoring two runs and increasing its lead to 5-2. However, unfazed, the Southeast surged back with an impressive five runs in the sixth thanks to the big bat of Sam Slaughter.
Just like that, New England found itself down 7-5. But the team didn't give up and clinched the one-run victory after a two-run double from CJ Davock in the sixth.
Little League enthusiastically tweeted the game's exciting conclusion:
8-7! Rhode Island Completes the Comeback! #LLWS— Little League (@LittleLeague) August 17, 2014
Trey Thibeault earned the win in relief for New England, allowing zero runs in 0.1 innings. Tyler Finley took the loss for the Southeast, allowing three runs in one inning on the mound.