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Little League World Series Regionals 2019: Sunday Scores and Bracket Results

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistAugust 4, 2019

Little League fans watch a consolation baseball game in Lamade Stadium at the Little League World Series tournament between Coeur D'Alene, Idaho and Barcelona, Spain in South Williamsport, Pa., Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018. Idaho won 5-0. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
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The floodgates opened Sunday in regional qualifying for the 2019 Little League World Series.

The Midwest, Southeast and Southwest regions had started play in recent days. The rest of the country finally joined suit as teams vie for a trip to South Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

Here are the results from Sunday and a recap of the action. The regional brackets and schedules are available on the Little League's official site.

         

2019 Little League World Series Regionals

Great Lakes

Indiana def. Ohio, 4-3

Illinois def. Wisconsin, 7-3

          

Mid-Atlantic

New Jersey def. Pennsylvania, 1-0

New York def. Maryland, 9-2

         

Midwest

Minnesota def. South Dakota, 8-4

Iowa def. North Dakota, 3-0

           

New England

Massachusetts def. Maine, 6-0

Vermont def. Connecticut, 6-3

          

Northwest

Washington def. Wyoming, 14-2

Montana def. Alaska, 1-0

         

Southeast

Florida def. Tennessee, 9-0

South Carolina def. West Virginia, 2-1

          

Southwest

Oklahoma def. Texas-East, 5-0

New Mexico def. Mississippi, 6-3

         

West

Northern California def. Nevada, 3-0

Southern California vs. Hawaii, 10:30 p.m. ET

          

Sunday Recap

Great Lakes

The opening game of the Great Lakes regional wasn't lacking in drama as Indiana overturned a 3-0 deficit to win 4-3.

Cullen Garloch got Indiana on the board with a two-run double in the bottom of the fifth. Then Karson Cook tied the game at three with an RBI single in the sixth. Spencer Durham represented the potential winning run on the play but was thrown out at home.

A two-out triple in the seventh by Connor Cuozzo put the go-ahead runner in scoring position for Ohio. Garloch got Cade Bowling to fly out and end the threat.

That set the stage for Preston Burton to be the hero. Burton led off the bottom of the seventh with a double and moved to third on a wild pitch. Another wild pitch from Cam Carter allowed Burton to come home for the victory.

Burton finished 2-for-3 at the plate with two runs scored, while Garloch went 1-for-4 with three RBI and held Ohio scoreless for the final 2.1 innings.

Illinois pulled away from Wisconsin to earn a 7-3 win.

The teams were tied at one after the first inning and the score remained the same heading into the fourth. Dutch Navigato singled, which helped Illinois move ahead 3-1.

A.J. Kilburg provided more breathing room in the fifth. After Jack Paris scored on a wild pitch, Kilburg hammered a pitch to the gap in left center that allowed Ryan Lazewski and Luke Hickey to jog home.

Wisconsin tagged Hickey for two runs in the fifth, but Lazewski shut the door in the sixth.

         

Mid-Atlantic

J.R. Rosado and Yady Mateo threw a combined one-hitter as New Jersey edged out Pennsylvania.

Mateo also delivered the decisive blow in the fifth inning. He ripped a liner to right center that brought home Sal Garcia.

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Riding his wave of adrenaline, Mateo struck out the side when he returned to the mound for the bottom of the fifth. After allowing a leadoff walk to Eric Foster Jr., he struck out Chase Deibler and then forced Aaron Angelo and Lucas Martz to ground out and end the game.

An eight-run explosion in the fifth inning helped New York take down Maryland 9-2.

Maryland only had one hit in the game and made it count. Aidan Davis hit a two-run double to right field in the second inning to give his team an early 2-1 lead.

That score stood until the fifth, when things unraveled for Maryland—with two outs no less.

Jaden Quezada cleared the bases with a three-run double to make it a 4-2 game in favor of New York. Quezada and Jayden Torres came around to score on a single by Nicholas Fabbri, and Josue Santana tacked on three more runs with a double later in the inning.

Gabriel Reyes did an excellent job of righting the ship in relief of starter Jeff Diaz. Reyes pitched four scoreless innings and struck out four.

          

Midwest

Minnesota built a 5-0 lead in the first inning and didn't look back, beating South Dakota 8-4.

Jaxon Knutson was responsible for the only extra-base hit of the inning; otherwise, Minnesota did a great job of getting runners on base and moving them over. After Knutson's double, a walk, single and fielder's choice were responsible for four of the team's five runs.

An error by Carson Timm in the second inning allowed South Dakota to plate two runs. South Dakota added a third run in the third inning with an RBI single by Skyler Montgomery. But back-to-back bases loaded walks and a steal of home by Wyatt Myers made it an 8-3 game in the fourth.

That cushion was more than enough for Jameson Kuznia and Drew Law, who allowed one unearned run over the final 2.1 innings.

Landon McCormick and Lance Mixdorf combined to shut out North Dakota. McCormick went five innings, striking out seven and scattering two hits. Mixdorf came on the final three outs to preserve the victory and earn the save.

Will Nuss went 2-for-3 with two runs scored. His solo homer in the first inning got Iowa on the board and served as enough run support given McCormick's dominance on the mound.

         

New England

Richie Hayes did the heavy lifting, with Hayes and McCarthy combining to pitch a shutout in a 6-0 victory for Massachusetts over Maine.

Hayes pitched the first 5.1 innings, striking out six and allowing six hits. He exited as his pitch count reached 85 and made way for McCarthy. McCarthy worked efficiently. He needed two pitches before Andrew Theriault lined out to second and set up a game-ending double play.

Massachusetts got a balanced performance from its offense. Seven different players notched a hit, with Paul Whelan going 2-for-3 from the No. 2 spot.

A fielder's choice by Nicholas Maynard gave Connecticut a 3-2 edge in the top of the fifth.

Connecticut didn't get to enjoy its lead for very long as Will Eaton tied the game on a double and then scored the go-ahead run on an error by Connecticut catcher William Patla. A wild pitch and single by Ryan Walker resulted in two more runs for Vermont heading into the final inning.

Cage Thompson struck out the first two batters in the sixth and then forced Chase Geremia into a game-ending groundout.

         

Northwest

Washington blitzed Wyoming for eight runs in the first two innings and cruised to a 14-2 victory.

Blake Skinner, Jack Smith, Kody Moyer and Aksel Keim each had two RBI, and the four were responsible for four of Washington's nine hits.

Washington's hot start removed any drama about the final outcome. An RBI single by Jack Bouzis and a throwing error by Washington catcher Cayden Christopherson hardly put a dent in the deficit before Washington added six more runs over the final three innings. 

Westen Fink outlasted Chance Coleman in what proved to be a pitcher's duel.

Coleman held Montana hitless through 4.2 innings but exited as his pitch count reached 82. He finished with nine strikeouts to just two walks.

Bryce Calhoun came on for Coleman in the fifth and struck out Connor Smith to end the inning. Austin Pellersels led off the sixth with a triple, though, putting the winning run on third with nobody out. Brady Baker stepped into the batter's box next and grounded out to the shortstop. That allowed Pellersels to come home for the victory.

Fink pitched a complete game for Montana, surrendering four hits and striking out nine on 88 pitches.

         

Southeast

A seven-run first inning propelled Florida to an easy 9-0 win over Tennessee that ended after four innings.

Tennessee's nightmare start really began as Florida built upon a 1-0 lead with two outs in the opening frame. Six runs came home as Florida strung together five straight hits. Micah Cheatham, who led off the inning with a single, concluded the scoring with an RBI single to left field.

By building such a sizable advantage early in the game, Florida could carefully manage its pitching staff. Brennan Confreda, Deaglan McBride and Austin Marshall all took the rubber, with none throwing more than 24 pitches.

Gregory Bryant and Gavin Weidman stepped up in the clutch as South Carolina pulled out a dramatic 2-1 victory over West Virginia.

With his team trailing 1-0, Bryant led off the bottom of the sixth with a home run to right. Joel Irizarry singled with one out and moved to second on a walk. Down 0-1 in the count with two outs, Weidman doubled to center and brought Irizarry home from second.

       

Southwest

Brian Justice blanked Texas-East over five innings, Kaden Dean and Easton Martin sealed a 5-0 victory for Oklahoma.

Martin also set the table from the leadoff spot, going 2-for-4 with one run scored. He began the game with a single to left and proceeded to steal second and move to third on a wild pitch. Martin scored on a fielder's choice by Justice.

New Mexico used two three-run innings to come out on top in a 6-3 win over Mississippi. 

After jumping out to a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first, New Mexico looked to be in trouble when Mississippi scored three unanswered runs in the next two innings to tie the score. 

It was in the bottom of the fifth inning when the stalemate broke. New Mexico got back-to-back RBI singles from Warek Granger and Jeremy Vargas off Mississippi reliever Major Smith. 

The New Mexico team will now advance to Monday's elimination game against Oklahoma. The winner of that game will advance to the Southwest Regional semifinal. 

        

West

Chase Bentley put on a one-man show Sunday to power Northern California to a 3-0 win over Nevada.

It wasn't enough for Bentley to go the distance, striking out nine and limiting Nevada to one hit over six innings. He was also 3-for-3 with two RBI and one run scored.

Bentley doubled with one out in the bottom of the first but remained stranded on second after Samuel Kemmer struck out Shane Maloney and Benjamin Kreizenbeck. In the third inning, Bentley took matters into his own hands. With Kenneth Tibbits standing on first, he homered to right field to give Northern California a two-run lead.

Tibbits tacked on another run with a leadoff homer in the fifth.