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Little League World Series Regionals 2019: Scores and Bracket Results from Day 8

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistAugust 9, 2019

Bay City Michigan's Nick Naylor runs the first base during a Little League regional tournament baseball game, Monday, Aug. 5, 2019, in Westfield, Ind. (AP Photo/Tony Tribble)
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The field for the 2019 Little League World Series is close to being set, as Friday is the penultimate day of regional games across the United States.

A total of six semifinal games will be held in six U.S. regions. The winners of those games will then advance to their regional finals Saturday. The Little League World Series will begin Aug. 15 in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

Here is a look at all of the scores, moments and top highlights from each game as it goes final.

           

2019 Little League World Series Regionals

Midwest: Minnesota def. Missouri, 9-0

New England: Rhode Island def. Connecticut, 4-0

Northwest: Idaho def. Washington, 14-9

Great Lakes: Illinois def. Michigan, 4-2

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Mid-Atlantic: New Jersey vs. Washington, D.C., 5-0

West: Arizona def. Northern California, 3-2 

               

Arizona 3, Northern California 2

Friday's final game came down to the final out with Arizona coming out on top 3-2.

Northern California leapt out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first, but it was Arizona's two-run sixth that gave them the last laugh. Northern California held a 2-1 lead heading into the bottom of the sixth.

Izaiah Moraga tied the game for Arizona with a one-out solo home run. Following a groundout from Jorge Zazueta to represent the second out, Francisco Rivero singled. Michel Muniz Jr. then became the hero by smacking a double into right field to bring Rivero home and walk it off.

Northern California will kick themselves for leaving eight on base throughout the game. However, after Jace Kim singled to lead off the top of the fifth, Arizona's Cristobal Lorta struck out the next six batters to set his team up for a comeback. 

Juan Hernandez started the game for Arizona, tossing 3.2 innings and striking out seven. 

Arizona will face Hawaii on Saturday for the chance to represent the West in the Little League World Series.

New Jersey 5, Washington, D.C. 0

This one was all Jersey. 

Yamil Soto gave New Jersey a 1-0 lead in the top of the second with a groundout that allowed Jaime Tamayo to score. The lead ballooned to 4-0 in the top of the third.

Back-to-back doubles by J.R. Rosado and Yady Mateo started the frame, with Mateo's driving in two runs. Justin Labrador and Soto were responsible for the other two RBI. Mateo tacked on the fifth run with another double in the top of the sixth. 

D.C. managed just two hits—George Lee's single in the bottom of the second and Jackson Loomis' double in the sixth. 

Jayden Capindica started for New Jersey and tossed 5.1 scoreless innings with five strikeouts and three walks. L.J. Aponte came in to finish the game, striking out one. 

New Jersey will play New York at Breen Field on Saturday to determine which squad will represent the Mid-Atlantic in Williamsport. 

                                     

Illinois 4, Michigan 2

Luke Hickey struck out Garrett Buzzard to send Illinois to the regional final. 

Hickey took over on the mound with a 4-2 lead over Michigan and two outs in the bottom of the sixth. After Nick Naylor walked and Remington Ranck singled, Buzzard represented the game-winning run at the plate. 

Hickey got him swinging to end the game. 

The affair was tight to start, as both teams put a run on the board in the first inning. Hickey singled in Jack Paris to score Illinois' first run. Michigan answered with an RBI double from Brayden Simmon in the bottom of the frame. 

The difference-maker was Illinois' three-run third inning that included a two-run triple from Matt Carolan. Paris grounded into a fielder's choice to score Carolan, and Illinois kept a 4-1 lead until Colten Beson's RBI single in the fifth. 

Prior to Hickey, A.J. Kilburg tossed 5.1 innings—striking out nine and allowing one earned run on four hits.

Illinois will face Kentucky on Saturday to decide which team will represent the Great Lakes in the Little League World Series. 

             

Idaho 14, Washington 9

Idaho earned a rematch with Oregon in Saturday's regional championship by defeating Washington in Friday's elimination game, 14-9.

Idaho lost 8-5 to Oregon on Thursday but bounced back in a big way less than 24 hours later.

Washington pounced early to gain a 3-1 lead in the bottom of the first, but it was short-lived. Idaho responded with a seven-run top of the second that included RBI singles from Kyle Johnson and Cason Miller as well as one run scoring on a passed ball.

Washington added a run in the bottom of the frame through a fielder's choice, and the score remained 8-4 until Idaho poured on three more runs in the top of the fifth. Washington didn't give up, though.

A few errors by Idaho in the field allowed Washington to mount a comeback in the bottom of the fifth. Washington scored five runs to slim Idaho's lead to 11-9.

Once again, Idaho slammed the door on any momentum Washington had. Owen Field put the game out of reach with a two-run home run in the top of the sixth. Field finished the game 2-for-2 at the plate with three RBI and three runs scored.

With a trip to Williamsport at stake, Idaho enters the rematch with Oregon one year removed from becoming the state's first team to reach the Little League World Series since 1999, according to the Spokesman-Review.

The winner of Saturday's game will represent the Northwest in the Little League World Series.

            

Rhode Island 4, Connecticut 0

The kids from Rhode Island are on their way to the New England Regional final after a 4-0 victory against Connecticut.

Alex Anderson was terrific on the mound in the win. The right-hander needed just 81 pitches in a complete-game shutout, scattering six hits and three walks. He also went 2-for-2 at the plate with two singles.

Connecticut's pitching also fared well in the game. Christian Kells and Johnny Reh kept Rhode Island's offense scoreless for the first four innings. Kells started the game, recording six strikeouts in 2.2 innings.

Rhode Island broke the stalemate with four runs in the bottom of the fifth inning. Lucas Tanous started the scoring with a two-run single. Owen Pfeffer provided insurance with his own two-run single to extend the lead to 4-0.

Saturday's regional final will be a rematch between Rhode Island and New Hampshire. New Hampshire won the first meeting, 2-1, on Thursday.

          

Minnesota 9, Missouri 0

Minnesota will have a chance to secure its first trip to Williamsport since 2010 thanks to Friday's 9-0 victory over Missouri in the Midwest Regional semifinal.

Pitcher Jameson Kuznia was the star of the game for Minnesota, allowing one hit and four walks with nine strikeouts in five shutout innings. He also drove in two runs on a double in the top of the fourth.

Brett Buettner provided some pop with the bat, hitting a solo homer in the sixth to start the team's five-run inning that blew the game wide open.

Kuznia also received support from his defense, like this diving catch from Cayden Alphin in the bottom of the third to preserve Minnesota's 2-0 lead:

Minnesota will now look ahead to Iowa in Saturday's regional final with a berth in the Little League World Series on the line. The two teams played Thursday, and Iowa prevailed 3-1 to improve its record in the regional to 3-0 and remain the only undefeated club in the Midwest.

Teams from Iowa have won the Midwest Regional eight times since 2001, including two of the past three years.

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