Little League World Series Regionals 2017: Scores and Bracket Results from Day 8

Adam WellsFeatured ColumnistAugust 11, 2017

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, PA - AUGUST 28:  Conner Rush #8 of Mid-Atlantic Team from New York hits an RBI single in the fourth inning against the Asia-Pacific team from South Korea during the Little League World Series Championship Game at Lamade Stadium on August 28, 2016 in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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Friday is the penultimate day of regional action as the field for the 2017 Little League World Series is starting to take shape. 

There are already six teams that have clinched a spot in their respective regions' championship game on Saturday. Today's schedule of games represents the last chance for 12 teams to keep their hopes of playing on the biggest stage in little league baseball alive. 

Here are the results from Friday's regional games. 

                                 

Friday Regional Results (all times ET)

Midwest: Missouri (Webb City) def. Nebraska (Kearney), 9-5

New England: Maine (South Portland) def. New Hampshire (Goffstown Junior), 7-6

Northwest: Washington def. Montana, 10-6

Great Lakes: Michigan (Grosse Pointe Woods) def. Ohio (West Side), 11-3

Mid-Atlantic: Maryland (Thurmont) def. Pennsylvania (Upper Providence), 14-4

West: Utah vs. Hawaii, 9 p.m.

                                             

Friday Regional Recap

Maryland def. Pennsylvania, 14-4

After falling behind 3-0 through two innings, Maryland scored 14 unanswered runs to earn a mercy-rule victory over Pennsylvania. 

Pennsylvania struck first in the bottom of the first on Cam Paquette's two-run single. Jake Voynar followed that up with an RBI double in the second inning to give the kids from Upper Providence Little League a 3-0 advantage. 

Maryland was able to tie the game in the third inning with RBI singles from Josh Skowronski and Joey McMannis. The fourth inning is when everything turned, as Maryland pushed across 11 runs on six walks, two batters being hit by a pitch and a grand slam from Logan Simanski. 

Pennsylvania did push across one run in the bottom of the fourth inning, but it wasn't enough to keep the game going. 

Maryland moves on to play New Jersey in the Mid-Atlantic title game. New Jersey earned its spot in the championship game by defeating Washington D.C., New York and Pennsylvania by a combined score of 35-12. 

Michigan def. Ohio, 11-3

The rivalry between Ohio and Michigan expanded to include little league baseball on Friday, with Michigan coming out on top with an impressive 11-3 victory. 

After Ohio closed the score to one run at 4-3 with two runs in the top of the fifth inning, Michigan put the game away with seven runs in the bottom half of the frame. The outburst was propelled by four doubles and three singles. 

Jack Jones led a balanced offensive attack for Michigan with a homer, double, three RBI and two runs scored. Five Michigan players drove in at least one run, including four that had a multi-RBI game. 

Michigan also got excellent pitching from Matthew Greene and Will Pflaum. The duo combined to allow three runs on three hits with 12 strikeouts. 

With the victory, Michigan advances to the Great Lakes Regional championship on Saturday. It will take on Illinois, which defeated Kentucky and Ohio to earn its spot in the title game. 

Washington def. Montana, 10-6

Using an eight-run second inning, Washington knocked off Montana 10-6 to reach the Northwest Regional Championship Game. 

After the two teams traded single runs in the first inning, Washington broke the game wide-open with five hits, including Brixen Betzler's two-run homer, to take a 9-1 lead after the second inning. 

Montana was able to close the gap to 9-6 with five runs in the bottom of the third that would end the day for Washington starting pitcher Andrew Coleman. Carson Jones, Rylan Warren and Caiden Thomsen combined to allow two hits with four strikeouts over the final three innings for Washington. 

Thomsen closed the game in brilliant fashion by striking out the side in the sixth to send Washington to Saturday's title game against Oregon. It's the first meeting of the tournament between the two teams. 

                             

Maine def. New Hampshire, 7-6

On the back of two big innings, Maine earned a come-from-behind 7-6 victory over New Hampshire to secure a berth in the New England Regional championship game. 

New Hampshire looked to be in control of things early with a three-run first inning. The score would remain 3-0 into the fourth inning when the fireworks started. 

Maine took its first lead of the game with four runs in the top half of the fourth. Matthew Fogg got the scoring started with a three-run homer off New Hampshire starting pitcher Nathan Innerfield. Andrew Heffernan followed that up with a double and came around to score on Nolan Hobbs' double. 

New Hampshire grabbed the lead back in the bottom of the fourth with two runs. The fifth inning would end up being the difference, as Maine pushed three runs across. Johnny Poole hit the go-ahead two-run double with two outs. 

New Hampshire would get one run back in the bottom of the sixth and had runners on first and second before Maine pitcher Richie Gilboy got Jake Webber to pop up to first base for the final out.

The win sets Maine up for a showdown with Connecticut to determine which team will represent New England in the Little League World Series. Connecticut won the previous matchup between the two clubs 8-0 on Monday. 

                                

Missouri def. Nebraska, 9-5

Missouri used an eight-run outburst in the fourth inning to knock off Nebraska, 9-5, and earn a spot in the Midwest Regional championship game. 

The game started out as a pitching duel. Missouri took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second on Walker Sweet's RBI triple. That was the only run for either team through three innings. 

The Missouri lineup woke up in the top of the fourth when it jumped over Nebraska starter Reese Bober and reliever Scout Simmons for six hits and eight runs to open up a 9-0 lead. Landon Johnson delivered the final blow with a two-out, two-run double. 

Nebraska tried to fight its way back into the game in the bottom of the fifth when Brayden Andersen hit a grand slam off Missouri starter Max Stovern. 

Sweet would come in to settle things down for Missouri on the mound. He recorded the final four outs, allowing one run on one hit and one walk. 

The win gives Missouri a rematch with the Sioux Falls team that won a dramatic 6-5 game between these two on Wednesday by scoring five runs in the bottom of the sixth.