Four more great baseball games set for Wednesday in Junior League World Series in Taylor

TAYLOR, MICHIGAN – Teams from the United States and other countries are facing must-win games on Wednesday during the 32nd annual Junior League Baseball World Series at Taylor’s Heritage Park.

Teams from Mexico and Florida remained unbeaten after Tuesday’s games and have the day off, while the rest of the 10-team field scrambles to keep pace. Four games are scheduled on Wednesday in the World Series for teams of 13- and 14-year-old baseball players.

Wednesday’s Schedule
11 AM – Oranjestad, Aruba (Latin America champion) vs. Calgary, Alberta (Canadian national champion)
2 PM – Franklin Square, New York (USA East champ) vs. Corpus Christi, Texas (USA Southwest champ)
5 PM – Manhattan Beach, California (USA West champ) vs. North Canton, Ohio (USA Central champ)
8 PM – Tainan City, Chinese Taipei (Asia-Pacific champ) vs. Lazio, Italy (Europe/Middle East/Africa champ)

The 10 teams compete in one of two pools – USA or International – and play four games in round-robin format over the first five days of the World Series. The top two teams in the International Pool will play at 5 p.m. Friday, followed by the USA championship game at 8 p.m.

The USA and International title holders play for the world championship at 11 a.m. Saturday in a game televised live by ESPN2.

The Junior League World Series has been held in Taylor since it was founded in 1981. The event is the older brother of the more famous Little League World Series for 12-year-olds, held annually in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

World Series Field is located at Heritage Park, 12111 Pardee Road. Admission is just $5 per carload per day or $10 for the entire week. Both fees include parking.

Here are the results of Tuesday’s games:

A walk-off single by Jose Diaz scored Sergio Fernandez with the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning as the San Nicolas de Los Garza, Nuevo Leon, defeated the Asia-Pacific champs from Tainan City, Chinese Taipei, 5-4. It was Mexico’s third straight win in the series and left San Nicolas all alone atop the five-team International Pool. The run spoiled the comeback by Chinese Taipei, which had scored three runs to tie the game at 4-4 in the top of the seventh on Tsai Min Hsiu’s two-run homer and an RBI double by Tsia Kuan Wen. Hsiu went 3-for-4 with three RBI in the game. It was the second one-run loss for Chinese Taipei, which fell to 0-2.

USA Southeast champion Rockledge, Florida, also improved to 3-0 with a come-from-behind 8-7 win over USA West champ Manhattan Beach, California. Trailing 7-5, Florida scored two runs in the top of the sixth inning and the go-ahead run in the seventh. Blake Beyel, who went 3-for-3, singled home Trevor Payne with the winning run. Justin Robedeau went 3-for-4 for the winners. Mason Studstill hit his second home run of the series to put Florida on top 2-0 in the first inning. William Proctor hit a solo shot for California in the bottom of the third. Blake Hammerstein went 2-for-2 with an RBI for Manhattan Beach, which fell to 0-3 for the tournament.

Oranjestad, Aruba, improved to 2-1 with a 13-1 victory over Lazia, Italy, in a game that was stopped after five innings by the mercy rule. The Latin America champs scored seven runs in the first inning and were up 12-1 by the third. They outhit the champions of Europe, the Middle East and Africa, 11-2. Edmar Tromp went 3-for-4 for the winners and boosted his batting average to .667. Jeandrick Odubar went 2-for-2, scored three runs and knocked in two more. C-Jay Martha also went 2-for-2 and scored twice. Italy fell to 1-1.

North Canton, Ohio, won its first game of the World Series, a wild 12-8 contest with Franklin Square, New York, that almost got away. The USA Central champions posted a 10-0 lead after four innings and looked to be cruising to a 10-run mercy-game finish. But the USA East champs scored three runs in the top of the fifth and five more in the top of the eighth, taking advantage of walks and wild pitches, before the seven-inning contest ended 2 hours and 53 minutes after it started. Combined, the teams used 13 pitchers. Ohio outhit New York, 15-4, but 10 different Franklin Square players walked in the game. Ohio’s Grant Schatz went 3-for-3, while teammates Vincent Serapiglia, Jarid Seemann and Nick Hillyer had two hits apiece. Michael Catanese was 2-for-4 for New York. Both teams enter Wednesday with 1-1 records in the USA Pool.

Here are the pool play standings after Tuesday’s games:

USA Pool
Florida 3-0
New York 1-1
Texas 1-1
Ohio 1-1
California 0-3

International Pool
Mexico 3-0
Aruba 2-1
Italy 1-1
Chinese Taipei 0-2
Canada 0-2

Thursday’s Schedule
11 AM – Mexico vs. Italy
2 PM – Chinese Taipei vs. Canada
5 PM – Texas vs. Ohio
8 PM – New York vs. Florida

Friday’s Schedule

5 PM – International Championship Game
8 PM – USA Championship Game

Saturday’s Schedule
11 AM – World Championship Game: International Champ vs. USA Champ

There are several ways to follow the games during the week:
•The games are broadcast live on the Internet on streaming video with play by play at www.justin.tv/jlws2012.
•Statistics can be found at http://juniorlbws2012.bbstats.pointstreak.com.
•The World Series website is www.cityoftaylor.com/worldseries. The site features the complete schedule, results and history of the series.
•The World Series Facebook page, which has more than 2,000 fans, is www.facebook.com/juniorleagueworldseries.