Four more great World Series games Tuesday at Heritage Park
TAYLOR, Michigan – Teams from Texas, the Philippines and the U.S. Virgin Islands all won their second straight game during the Junior League World Series Monday at Heritage Park in Taylor.
The 27th annual international tournament features the best teams of 13- and 14-year-old baseball players from around the world. Four more games are scheduled on Tuesday.
Glendale, Wisconsin (0-1) vs. Anderson, South Carolina (0-2), 11 a.m.
Kirovograd, Ukraine (0-1) vs. Guayama, Puerto Rico (0-2), 2 p.m.
St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands (2-0) vs. Surrey, British Columbia (0-1), 5 p.m.
Middletown, New Jersey (1-1) vs. Pearl City, Hawaii (1-0), 8 p.m.
■Laredo, Texas (2-0) and Manila, Philippines (2-0) have Tuesday off.
Tickets are $4 per carload per day or $7 for the entire series. The price includes parking. Heritage Park is located at 12111 Pardee Road.
The USA Southwest champions from Laredo, Texas, defeated the USA East champs from Middletown, New Jersey, 1-0. The lone Texas run came in the sixth inning when Santiago Lozano led off with a double and scored on an infield throwing error. Starter Jose Rodriguez and Lozano combined on a five-hitter for Texas, which improved to 2-0. Andrew Suralik also pitched a five-hitter for New Jersey (1-1).
The Asia-Pacific champions from Manila, Philippines, defeated the Canadian national champions from Surrey, British Columbia, 6-3. Team Canada took a 2-0 lead into the fifth inning when Manila tied the score on Miko Habana’s two-run homer and then won the game with four runs in the sixth on two errors and a two-run single by Mark Ong, who had two hits and came on in relief to earn the victory. Justin Atkinson had two of Canada’s five hits. The Philippines – making its first appearance in the Junior League World Series – improved to 2-0. Canada fell to 0-1.
Pearl City, Hawaii, broke open a 7-7 run-fest by scoring 10 straight times to defeat Anderson, South Carolina, 17-7. The game opened with back-to-back home runs by South Carolina’s Luke Gibson Jr. and Braden Bannister. But Hawaii came back with four runs in the first on a two-run double by Christian Perkins and a two-run single by Kainalu Chmolack, and then added three more runs in the second. South Carolina’s Causey Stanland tied it up with a grand slam in the top of the third. Hawaii scored eight more runs on seven hits and two errors in the bottom of the third inning and two runs more in the fourth. Chace Numata was 2-for-4 and scored four runs for Hawaii. Kahana Neal, Kawicka Pruett, Brennan Doane-Alco and Brycen Komentani had two hits apiece. Neal had three RBI. Luke Gibson Jr. and Elisha Gibson had two hits each for North Carolina. Pearl City is making its fourth straight appearance in the Junior League World Series and has five players and the manager from last year’s team, making Hawaii one of the teams to beat. Hawaii (1-0) is the USA West champion. South Carolina (0-2) is the USA South champ.
St. Thomas of the U.S. Virgin Islands won its second straight game of the series in a thriller, defeating Guayama, Puerto Rico, 4-3. St. Thomas scored single runs in the top of the first, fourth, sixth and seventh innings. Puerto Rico countered with one run in the fifth inning and rallied for two in the bottom of the seventh. Puerto Rico had the bases loaded when cleanup hitter Randy Ramos flew out to the leftfield warning track to end the game. Ramos had two doubles among Puerto Rico’s eight hits in the game. St. Thomas had just four hits. The Virgin Islands team is the Latin American champion and is making its first appearance in the World Series. Guayama (0-2) is the Puerto Rican national champion.
Laredo, Texas 2-0 (USA Southwest)
Pearl City, Hawaii 1-0 (USA West)
Middletown, New Jersey 1-1 (USA East)
Glendale, Wisconsin 0-1 (USA Central)
Anderson, South Carolina 0-2 (USA South)
Manila, Philippines 2-0 (Asia-Pacific)
St. Thomas, Virgin Islands 2-0 (Latin America)
Surrey, British Columbia 0-1 (Canada)
Kirovograd, Ukraine 0-1 (Europe/Middle East/Africa)
Guayama, Puerto Rico 0-2 (Puerto Rico)
Four games will be played each day through Thursday. The top two teams in the International pool will play for the International Championship at 5 p.m. Friday. The top two teams in the USA pool will play for the United States Championship at 8 p.m. Friday.
The two Friday winners play for the World Championship at 5 p.m. Saturday. The game will be broadcast live on ESPNU and by tape delay at 2 p.m. August 29 on ESPN2.
Audio broadcasts of all games are scheduled for the Web site www.cityoftaylor.com/listen.
The Junior League World Series is the “big brother” of the more famous Little League World Series for 12-year-old players in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. Games at Heritage Park are played on larger fields before enthusiastic crowds. Spectators can meet the players and coaches after games.
From Taylor to the Pros
World Series’ alumni include a number of current and former Major League players, including current Detroit Tiger Gary Sheffield, who, along with another future pro, Derek Bell, played for the 1982 world championship team from Tampa, Florida.
Erik Bedard, who leads the Major Leagues in strikeouts while pitching for Baltimore, played in 1992 with the Canadian national champions from Ontario. Other present and former pro ballplayers that have competed in Taylor include Brett Myers, Jose and Javier Valentin, Erubial Durazo, Delino DeShields, Chad Hermansen, Shannon Withem and Adam Loewen.
Matt Cassel, a backup quarterback to Tom Brady for the New England Patriots of the National Football League, played in the series. Pro hockey players that played baseball in Taylor included Chris Dingman and Steve Reinprecht. Mark “Bo” Pelini, who played for the first world champions from Boardman, Ohio, in 1981, is defensive coordinator for the Louisiana State University football team.
Heritage Park is located at 12111 Pardee Road between Goddard and Northline roads. For more information on the tournament visit the World Series Web site: www.cityoftaylor.com/worldseries.
NOTEBOOK: Several teams and their families were in attendance at Monday’s Detroit Tigers baseball game at Comerica Park. The Junior League World Series thanks the Tigers for their generous donation of tickets to the World Series. The Tigers and the World Series have been partners for several years.