Little League World Series Regionals 2017: NJ Crushes NY, Ohio Beats Michigan

Joseph ZuckerFeatured ColumnistAugust 7, 2017

a consolation baseball game at the Little League World Series tournament in South Williamsport, Pa., Monday, Aug. 22, 2016. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
Gene J. Puskar/Associated Press

Qualification for the 2017 Little League World Series continued Monday across all regions of the United States. 

Both the Southeast and Southwest regions are nearing a conclusion, with action in the two regions set to close Wednesday.

The remaining regions won't be decided for another few days, though, with games scheduled through Saturday in the Great Lakes, Mid-Atlantic, Midwest, New England, Northwest and West.

Below are the scores from Monday and a brief recap of every game.

     

Monday Schedule

Great Lakes: Ohio (West Side) def. Michigan (Grosse Pointe Woods-Shores), 10-2

Mid-Atlantic: New Jersey (Holbrook) def. New York (Plainview), 9-0

Southeast: Georgia (Peachtree) def. Alabama (Ladonia Youth Sports), 14-11

Northwest: Washington (Walla Walla Valley) vs. Idaho (Lewiston), 8-7 (seven innings)

Great Lakes: Illinois (Hinsdale) def. Kentucky (Lexington Eastern), 5-2

New England: Connecticut (Fairfield American) def. Maine (South Portland American), 8-0

West: Hawaii (Hilo) def. Utah (Dixie), 14-5

Mid-Atlantic: Pennsylvania (Upper Providence) def. Maryland (Thurmont), 10-5

Midwest: Missouri (Webb City) def. Nebraska (Kearney), 4-2

Southwest: Texas-West (McAllister Park National) def. New Mexico (Eastdale), 13-8

Midwest: South Dakota (Sioux Falls) def. Minnesota (Coon Rapids Andover America), 2-1

New England: New Hampshire (Goffstown Junior Baseball) vs. Massachusetts (Holden), 7 p.m. ET

Southeast: North Carolina (North State) def. Tennessee (Goodlettsville Baseball), 4-2

West: Southern California (Santa Margarita National) def. Northern California (Canyon Creek), 3-2

Southwest: Texas-East (Lufkin) vs. Louisiana (Eastbank), 9 p.m. ET

Northwest: Montana (Mount Sentinel) vs. Oregon (La Grande), 10 p.m. ET

     

Monday Recap

Ohio def. Michigan, 10-2

Coming off a 22-4 victory in its previous game, Ohio brought the lumber out again Monday, earning a 10-2 win over Michigan.

Kate Polido and Lake Cundiff were the standout performers at the plate. Polido went 3-for-4 with two RBI and three runs scored, while Cundiff was 2-for-3 with two RBI.

Ohio also received an excellent effort from starting pitcher Braedyn Moore. Moore went five innings, allowing two earned runs on three hits and striking out eight Michigan batters.

Cundiff replaced Moore after Joey Randazzo doubled to lead off the sixth for Michigan. Cundiff needed 13 pitches to end the game and give Ohio the victory.

     

New Jersey def. New York, 9-0

Garrett Drew and Chris Cartnick pitched a combined one-hitter as they shut out New York en route to a 9-0 win for New Jersey.

Drew opened the game and went the first four innings, striking out five and allowing a one-out double to Steven Kurre in the top of the third. Cartnick came on to start the fifth and allowed one baserunner after New Jersey first baseman R.J. Vashey committed an error on a ground ball by Hunter Scott.

Vashey had more than made up for his mistake earlier in the game with a two-run homer in the bottom of the second to put New Jersey ahead 5-0. It was part of a four-run inning that helped break the game open.

      

Georgia def. Alabama, 14-11

The pursuit of a 2017 Little League World Series title is over for Alabama following its 14-11 loss to Georgia on Monday.

The Little League's official Twitter account shared highlights from the offensive showcase:

Up as many as six runs early in the game, Georgia allowed Alabama to tie the game 9-9 with a six-run fourth inning. Lane Griggs and JR Kitchens both cleared the fences with a pair of two-run homers and Jaxon Yoxtheimer doubled home a run before scoring himself on an error by Georgia outfielder Sully White.

Georgia responded swiftly, though, with an RBI double by Garrett Arrington and back-to-back home runs by Bryce Alewine and Kaleb Cost to take a 13-9 lead. Georgia wouldn't look back from there.

     

Washington def. Idaho, 8-7

A pair of singles from Hayden Lomeli and Joe Baffney were the difference as Washington defeated Idaho 8-7 in extra innings Monday.

Idaho tied the game with a solo home run Jordan Tinney to lead off the bottom half of the sixth. The homer only prolonged the inevitable, though.

Brixen Betzler hit a one-out double in the top of the seventh and came home on Lomeli's single. Lomeli took an extra base during the play, which allowed him to move to third on Tanner Swopes' groundout and then and score on Baffney's single one batter later.

Tinney singled in the bottom of the seventh to bring Idaho to within a run, but Teigen Knewbow grounded out to end the game and hand Idaho its first defeat of the Northwest regional round.

     

Illinois def. Kentucky, 5-2

A four-run third inning powered Illinois to a 5-2 win over Kentucky on Monday. 

Illinois was already up 1-0 entering the third after a sacrifice fly from Ben Oosterbaan in the second. The team added its second run on an error by Kentucky second baseman Max DeGraff. A single by Andres Waelter one batter later loaded the bases, and Joe Boggs plated two runs with a single. Oosterbaan brought things full circle with his second sacrifice fly to cap off Illinois' scoring.

The five runs were more than enough for the trio of Waelter, Charlie Bergin and Oosterbaan, who combined to allow two earned runs on six hits and struck out eight.

     

Connecticut def. Maine, 8-0

Ethan Righter stymied the Maine offense for five innings to help secure an 8-0 victory for Connecticut on Monday.

Righter allowed two hits and a walk while striking out nine batters over his five innings of work. 

Connecticut needed a strong performance from Righter because it struggled to create much distance on Maine until scoring five runs in the bottom of the fifth.

Matthew Vivona led off with a solo home run. A double by Sean O'Neil and a single from Owen Kalagher brought two more runs home. And Michael Iannazzo walked with the bases loaded to tally Connecticut's final run of the game.

With a five-run cushion, Connecticut brought on Vivona to shut the door in the sixth.

     

Hawaii def. Utah, 14-5

Momentum swung wildly in Monday's game between Utah and Hawaii as the Hawaiians were down 5-0 entering the bottom of the fourth and headed into the top of the sixth sporting a 14-5, which they carried through to the end.

While the offense deserves plenty of credit for scoring 14 runs in the space of two innings, Wailele Kane-Yates deserves a lot of credit for steadying the ship over the final four innings.

Kane-Yates came in after Tyler Halemanu surrendered a solo home run to give Utah a 4-0 lead in the third inning. Over the rest of the game, Utah managed one unearned run on three hits. Kane-Yates struck out 10 batters, emphasizing his dominance on the mound.

     

Pennsylvania def. Maryland, 10-5

Cole Nilles and Cam Paquette led the way as Pennsylvania dropped 10 runs on Maryland en route to an easy victory. Nilles was a perfect 2-for-2 at the plate with four RBI and two runs scored, while Paquette went 2-for-2 as well with an RBI.

The bulk of Maryland's offense came from a three-run homer by Logan Simanski to give his team a 4-1 lead in the top of the second.

Maryland didn't enjoy the lead for very long as Pennsylvania brought eight runs home in the bottom half of the second to take control.

     

Missouri def. Nebraska, 4-2

A late-inning surge also played a role in Missouri's 4-2 win over Nebraska.

Missouri entered the top of the fifth staring at a 2-0 deficit. 

Dupree Jackson tied the game with a two-run triple. Missouri then took the lead on an error by Nebraska pitcher Drew Iverson. Another defensive miscue from Nebraska allowed Missouri to pad its lead as a passed ball let William Hayes score from third.

Nebraska loaded the bases with two outs in the fifth, but Brooks Paul struck out to end the inning. In the sixth, the team had one out and the bases loaded again but was still unable to tie the game. Scout Simmons was caught trying to steal home, and Reese Bober went down on strikes to end the game.

     

Texas-West def. New Mexico, 13-8

New Mexico dug itself into an early hole against Texas-West and couldn't climb out, succumbing to a 13-8 defeat that meant elimination from the Southwest region.

Texas-West registered 14 hits, five of which went for extra bases. Offense has been the team's biggest strength so far, with Monday's win the team's third game in a row in which it reached double digits in runs.

Texas-West's top three hitters, Carson Winchester, Brennan Greer and Levi Castilleja, set the tone for the rest of the lineup. The trio were a combined 7-for-9 with three RBI and seven runs scored. Lucas Gary also had a big game, going 2-for-3 with a two-run home run in the bottom of the third.

     

South Dakota def. Minnesota, 2-1

Minnesota was an out away from extra innings before Seth Saunders allowed a pair of walks in the bottom of the sixth. Jackson Koenig entered the game and allowed a game-winning single to Jaxson Grevengoed with his first pitch as South Dakota earned a 2-1 victory.

Marcus Phillips was brilliant on the mound for South Dakota, needing just 71 pitches en route to a complete game.

Minnesota had no answer for the right-hander, who struck out 12 batters. Minnesota's lone run came on a solo home run by Jacob Deuschle in the top of the first.

     

North Carolina def. Tennessee, 4-2

North Carolina advanced to the Southeast regional championship with a 4-2 win over Tennessee.

The majority of North Carolina's damage came in the first inning. Carson Hardee scored the first run of the game on a passed ball, and Drew Fields brought two more runs home with a two-out single.

The duo of Thomas Barrett and Matthew Matthijs stifled Tennessee's offense, allowing one earned run on six hits. They also struck out six batters. Barrett went the first five innings and exited after giving up a leadoff single to Carson Rucker in the sixth. Rucker came home on a fielder's choice, but Matthijs got Kaleb Gupton to ground out and win the game.

      

Southern California def. Northern California, 3-2

Southern California can claim statewide supremacy over Northern California for the time being after winning 3-2 on Monday night.

Northern California scored two runs on an Alec Nava in the top of the sixth to tie the game 2-2. The team had runners on first and second with nobody out but was unable to take the lead, which proved important a half-inning later.

A single by Tommy Woods loaded the bases for Southern California with one out in the sixth. Garrett Strenger stepped to the plate next and delivered a perfect bunt to bring Mason Kellerman home from third.