Scores and Results for Wednesday's Games
West 6, Great Lakes 4
Star of the Game: (Matthew Campos, 1-for-1, 3-R HR)
Matthews Campos only got one at-bat, but he sure made it count.
Campos' game-tying home run in the fourth was the exclamation point on a huge inning for the boys from Waipahu, Hawaii and their only hit in the game.
“I still can’t believe it,” West manager Brian Yoshii said. “When we looked at the scoreboard—seven hits [for them] and one hit [for us]—the only thing I can say is that these kids never give up. And somehow we got lucky.”
In this game, all of the action centered around the fourth, which featured 13 of the game’s 21 baserunners and nine of its 10 runs, including all six of Hawaii’s runs, and their only hit.
Hawaii entered the bottom of the fourth facing a 4-0 deficit and, without a hit, facing the very real possibility of elimination.
But for Ohio, that's when all the wheels came off.
The inning started with a hit batter and back-to-back walks. After two quick outs, Campos gave Hawaii what they'd been waiting for all day—their first hit. After another walk, pitcher Brooks Robinson was lifted for his twin brother Ryan, who reloaded the bases with a walk, a wild pitch, and another hit batsman before being replaced by Bryce Crouch.
Crouch hit the next batter to force home a run before his next pitch sailed to the backstop for the sixth and final run of the inning.
Hawaii will advance to face Georgia. If Hawaii wants to make the United States Bracket Championship, they will have to win twice.
Asia Pacific 5, Latin America 1
Star of the Game: Shao-Fei Huang (1-for-3, 3-R 3B; 3 IP, 0 R)
After demolishing its two previous opponents by a combined score of 41-0, Chinese Taipei relied on small ball to pick up its third win of the tournament.
After hammering Canada 23-0 in just four innings, the boys from Fu-Hsing Little League didn't let their goals get out of sight.
“With this team, if you don’t get the big hit, then you bunt,” manager Tung-Yu Ho said through interpreter Ming-Huang Ye.
With things all tied at one going into the fifth, Chinese Taipei put its new strategy in motion.
After a leadoff walk, pitch hitter Wei-Chung Chen dropped down the perfect bunt and reached first base safely. That set the stage for Chinese Taipei's biggest hit of the night, when Shao-Fei Huang stepped up two batters later with the bases packed and promptly cleared them with a triple to center, Chinese Taipei's only extra-base hit of the night.
After taking the lead, Chinese Taipei never looked back.
With the victory, Chinese Taipei and Japan will face off in what may be the most anticipated game of the tournament thus far for the International Championship.
Northwest 7, Southwest 4
Star of the Game: Isaiah Hatch (4.2 IP, 2 R, 12 K)
In the words of the immortal Jack Buck, "We'll see ya tomorrow night!"
That's the story after previously undefeated Texas was upended by the kids from Auburn, Washington 7-4 in Wednesday night's game to force a "win or go home" game on Thursday.
For Washington, although their best player didn't get it done at the plate, he was the rock they needed on the mound to quell a powerful Texas offensive attack.
Isaiah Hatch, who went 3-for-3 in Tuesday's game, instead took the mound for 4.2 innings, silencing a team that averaged 12 runs per game coming in. Hatch got 12 of the 20 batters he faced to strike out, and his only mistake was a two-run homer to Beau Orlando.
After that, he settled down.
“I just forgot about [the home run] and worried about the [next] batter,” Hatch said.
Casey Manning, who started Wednesday's game but only threw 20 pitches, will take the mound on Thursday, while Texas will send Mason Van Noort to the bump.
Southwest (Pearland, Texas) vs. Northwest (Auburn, Washington) 4:00 PM @ Lamade Stadium
West (Waipahu, Hawai'i) vs. Southeast (Columbus, Georgia) 7:00 PM @ Lamade Stadium
International Bracket Championship: Japan (Tokyo, Japan) vs. Asia-Pacific (Kaoshiung, Chinese Taipei) 1:00 PM @ Lamade Stadium
United States Bracket Championship immediately following International Bracket Championship @ Lamade Stadium