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Little League World Series 2022: Saturday Scores, Bracket Results and Highlights

Rob Goldberg@@TheRobGoldbergFeatured Columnist IVAugust 20, 2022

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The pressure continued to mount on the fourth day of the Little League World Series with four elimination games.

Eight teams that lost their opening games in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, were back in action Saturday in the consolation bracket, looking to keep their hopes of a championship alive. A second loss represents the end of the tournament and a trip home.

It led to plenty of drama with two games in the United States bracket and two in the international bracket.


Saturday's Schedule, Results

Europe-Africa (Bologna, Italy) 12, Australia (Brisbane, Australia) 7

Midwest (Davenport, Iowa) 6, Northwest (Bonney Lake, Washington) 3

Latin America (Managua, Nicaragua) 3, Puerto Rico (Guaynabo, Puerto Rico) 1

Mid-Atlantic (Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania) 7, New England (Middleboro, Massachusetts) 5

Full scores and bracket via LittleLeague.org


Italy 12, Australia 7

Francesco Carlini keyed an incredible turnaround for Italy, totaling three hits and four RBI at the plate to go with his eight strikeouts in 4.1 innings on the mound.

Australia appeared ready for a blowout win in the first two innings, building a 5-0 lead with clutch hitting.

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Italy finally got on the board with four runs in the third inning and completed the comeback by adding two more in the fourth to take a 6-5 lead.

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One inning later, the Europe-Africa representative blew it open with a six-run sixth. After struggling on the mound early, Carlini came through with the biggest hit.

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bases clearing triple from Carlini, who has officially shaken off the early game mistakes and blown this thing wide open. It's 11-6 🤌🏾🤌🏾🤌🏾

Emilia Romagna Little League from Bologna took over from there, coming away with an easy win after failing to score in its first game.

Australia scored one in the sixth, but it became the first team eliminated. Italy will advance to face the Caribbean squad from Curaçao on Sunday.


Iowa 6, Washington 3

Iowa scored three runs in the top of the first inning and never looked back.

The Midwest region team took advantage of defensive mistakes in the early going, but the offense continued to do damage with runs in the fourth and fifth as well. Owen Everhart had two hits to lead the way for Davenport Southeast Little League.

On the mound, Mason McFate and Colin Townsend threw three innings apiece with eight combined strikeouts to limit Bonney Lake/Sumner Little League to just three runs on eight hits.

Washington did have one of the top highlights of the game, with left fielder Ezra Seitz taking away an extra-base hit in the second inning:

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Brody Santman drove in two runs in the fifth inning to keep the game close.

The game ended on another mistake by Washington when it had the tying run at the plate:

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PICKLE!!! Iowa beats Washington on a wild-pitch-turned-rundown-turned-game-ending out at third base.

Iowa was the sharper team, showcasing a deep lineup in the elimination game. The squad will next face Utah, the representative from the Mountain region.


Nicaragua 3, Puerto Rico 1

Dereck Alonzo did it all for Nicaragua to help eliminate Puerto Rico in Saturday's consolation bracket game.

Alonzo pitched 5.1 innings while allowing just one run and three hits while totaling 11 strikeouts. If that wasn't enough, he drove in two of the team's three runs at the plate.

The clutch hitting helped the Latin America squad take the lead in the third, which was all the team needed in the low-scoring battle. Luis Garcia closed out the victory with two strikeouts in the sixth inning.

Puerto Rico earned its own division in the international tournament for the first time this year, with Guaynabo Baseball Little League earning the bid to Williamsport. It was still an early exit for the squad, scoring just one run in each of the two losses.

Sebastian Cruz had one hit and one walk for Puerto Rico, but there wasn't enough offense to stave off elimination.

Nicaragua will have a tough matchup with Japan to keep the title hopes alive.


Pennsylvania 7, Massachusetts 5

Pennsylvania is moving on, and the team from Massachusetts is heading home from the 2022 Little League World Series following Saturday's elimination game action in Williamsport.

Massachusetts got on the board first with an RBI on a line drive to center field by Ayden Morris in the top of the first inning, but a huge fourth inning helped Pennsylvania secure the victory.

Chase Link kicked off the fourth inning with a solo home run to center field, which tied the game 1-1, and his teammates continued piling on runs after him. Jackson Boob, Easton Metzger and Aspen Anderson all drove in runs to extend Pennsylvania's lead to 4-1 entering the fifth inning.

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Massachusetts was able to respond in the top of the fifth inning with RBIs from Jayden Murphy and Mike Marzelli, cutting Pennsylvania's lead to 4-3. However, Pennsylvania quickly responded in the bottom half of the inning.

Caleb Detrick drove in a run on a line drive to center field before Boob drove in another two runs on a fly ball to center field, extending Pennsylvania's lead to 7-3.

Massachusetts responded once again in the top of the sixth inning with a two-run single from Murphy, but it was too little too late as Pennsylvania came out on top 7-5.

Tyler McGough got the win on the mound for Pennsylvania, giving up just one run on zero hits in 1.1 innings. Anderson pitched 1.2 innings in relief, earning the save.

Pennsylvania will next take on the Metro region, represented by Massapequa, New York, on Sunday.

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