Scores and Results from Tuesday's Games:
Japan 3 - Mexico 2
Star of the Game: Ichiro Ogasawara (2-3, RBI; 2 IP, 0 R, 3 K, SV)
As it has been all tournament, patience and alertness got Japan the victory in Tuesday's game versus the team from Mexico.
Even after two solo home runs had Mexico ahead 2-0, Japan didn't give up, or even slow down.
After Mexico slipped up with an error in the third, Japan took advantage, as they have all tournament, and struck for two runs to tie the game.
After Kaname Shinozaki hit a solo shot in the fourth, Japan snatched a 3-2 lead.
With closer Ichiro Ogasawara on the hill, that would be all Japan needed. Although Ogasawara walked the first two batters of the sixth, he quickly recovered, getting Eduardo Mata to loft a high fly ball down the left field line for the first out, and striking out the final two Mexican hitters to complete the save.
“I had confidence in [Ogasawara] today,” manager Shingo Ariyasu said. “But I was a little scared when the fly ball was hit.”
With a disciplined attack that has led them into the International Bracket championship, Japan looks strong heading forward.
Southeast 6 - Great Lakes 0
Star of the Game: Troy Gilliland (6 IP, 0 R, 7 K)
The game between Columbus, Georgia and Hamilton, Ohio, was all about Troy Gilliland. The right-hander dominated for Southwest, allowing just five hits in a complete game shutout. He showed excellent control, walking none while striking out six.
“I’m pretty happy about [the rain cancelling Monday’s game], because I didn’t go out there and throw 23 pitches in the first inning [today],” said Gilliland. “Really all my pitches were working and I tried to locate them the best I could. I knew they were a really good hitting team, so I knew I had to be on top of my game.”
He got plenty of support from his teammates, up and down the lineup. Blake Hicks, Kobie Buglioli, and Matthew Lang hit home runs, with Hicks, Knox Carter, and Brandon Pugh also contributing RBI doubles.
With the victory, Columbus will advance to Thursday's game against the winner of Hawaii-Ohio for a spot in the United States Bracket championship.
Northwest 9 - New England 5
Stars of the Game: Casey Manning (4-4, HR, 5 RBI; IP, 0 R) and Isaiah Hatch (4-4, 4 R; 1.3 IP, 0 R)
With a twin headed attack of Casey Manning and Isaiah Hatch pacing a strong offensive attack, the boys from Auburn, Washington won today's game against Fairfield, Connecticut, 9-5.
Both players homered in the victory, and drove in a combined seven of Northwest's nine runs.
Both also led Washington on the hill, combining for 2.3 shutout innings.
Auburn went into the six inning with a slim 6-5 lead, but gained some breathing room when Hatch hit a two run home run. Later in the inning, Manning forced home a run to push the lead to 9-5.
Manning punched out two batters in the ninth before turning things over to Robbie Wilson to finish things up.
With the victory, Washington eliminates Connecticut from the tournament and advances to play Texas tomorrow.
Latin America 4 - Canada 2
Star of the Game: Luis Bazan (6 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 9 K)
In a rematch of the Pool D opener that saw Canada defeat Latin America 4-2, the boys from Chitre, Panama exacted their revenge, upending Vancouver by the same score.
The pitcher duel swung Panama's way when Canada committed costly errors in the third and fourth, leading to three runs for the Panamanians.
"Two evenly matched teams," said Canada Manager Pat Chaba. "I thought the Latin American kids really came ready to play. We played pretty solid defense, but in the end we made a couple errors, and that kind of tipped the ball game."
For Panama starter Luis Bazan, four runs was more than enough.
He allowed just four hits, while striking out nine, including the last three batters of the game to complete the four-hitter.
Canada is now eliminated from the tournament, while Latin America will try to hand Asia-Pacific, who has outscored opponents 41-0, its first lost of the tournament.
Mid-Atlantic 10 - Middle East and Africa 0 (Consolation Game)
Great Lakes (Hamilton, Ohio) vs. West (Waipahu, Hawai'i) 4:00 P.M. @ Lamade Stadium
Latin America (Chitre, Panama) vs. Asia Pacific (Kaohsiung, Chinese Taipei) 6:00 P.M. @ Volunteer Stadium
Southwest (Pearland, Texas) - Northwest (Auburn, Washington) 8:00 P.M. @ Lamade Stadium
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