U.S., International championship games Friday in World Series in Taylor

The United States and International champions of Junior League baseball will be crowned during a pair of games at the Junior League World Series on Friday at Heritage Park in Taylor, Michigan.

Manila, Philippines (4-0), will take on Surrey, British Columbia, Canada (3-1), for the International title at 5 p.m.

Pearl City, Hawaii (4-0), will battle Laredo, Texas (3-1) for the USA championship at 8 p.m.

Canada’s only loss has been to the Philippines. Texas’ only loss has been to Hawaii.

Admission is $4 per carload or $7 if you plan to attend Saturday’s world championship game as well. Parking is included.

Heritage Park is located at 12111 Pardee Road between Goddard and Northline roads.

The 27th annual World Series features the best teams of 13- and 14-year-old players from around the world. The Junior League series is the “older brother” of the more famous Little League World Series played in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

Saturday’s world championship game in Taylor will be broadcast live on ESPNU starting at 5 p.m. The game will air on ESPN2 via tape delay at 2 p.m. August 29.

The top seeds in the USA and International championship games cemented their unbeaten records on Thursday.

The Asia-Pacific champions from the Philippines scored four runs in the first inning and six in the third on the way to an 11-0 victory over Kirovograd, Ukraine. The game was stopped after 4½ innings by the 10-run mercy rule. Manila picked up 10 hits, but also had a combined two-hit pitching effort by Charles Catangui, Andrei Herrera and S.J. San Juan. The Philippine all-stars also benefited from nine errors by Ukraine, who are the champions of Europe, the Middle East and Africa. For Manila, Miko Habana, Andrew Tan and San Juan each had two hits. Adriane Benardo, Kevin Ramos and Jared Flores each had two runs batted in. Andriy Shulika went 2-for-3 for Ukraine, which finished International Pool play at 0-4.

The USA West champions from Hawaii broke open a 3-0 game by scoring six times in the sixth inning in a 9-0 victory over Glendale, Wisconsin. Pearl City – making its fourth straight appearance in the World Series – sent 11 batters to the plate in the sixth. The big hit in the inning was a two-run double by Christian Perkins, who led off the inning with a walk and led his team with two hits on the day. Teammates Keanu Sato and Brennan Doane-Alco combined on the shutout, limiting the USA Central champions from Wisconsin to just four hits. Glendale finished pool play with a 1-3 record.

Team Canada went to extra innings to defeat the national champions from Guayama, Puerto Rico, 12-6, and secure the second seed in the International Pool championship game. The team from B.C. overcame a 3-1 deficit by scoring five times on six hits in the fifth to take a 6-3 lead. Then, Puerto Rico tied the score in the bottom of the inning. The game remained tied at 6-6 at the end of the regulation seven innings. In the top of the eighth, Puerto Rico self-destructed by committing four errors, giving up a hit batsman and walking two players. Canada added singles by Mitchell Dornblut and Alexander Dunbar to put the game out of reach. Dunbar won the game in relief, pitching 2 1/3 shutout innings. Canada’s Dornblut, Justin Atkinson, Christopher Fischer, Nick Rohla and Connor Nishimura had two hits apiece. Puerto Rico used five pitchers. The loss wasted two home runs by Mikael Citron, a 3-for-4 day by Orlando Ferrer and two hits each by Angel Santell and Randy Ramos. Puerto Rico finished 1-3 in the International Pool. Canada is 3-1 heading into Friday’s game.

Laredo, Texas, broke a 1-1 tie with Anderson, South Carolina, by scoring three runs in the fifth and three more in the seventh to win 7-1. The Southwest champions (3-1) got on the board first in the second inning when Roberto Gonzalez singled, advanced on a bunt and scored on a sacrifice fly by Mark Arredondo. South Carolina (South champion) tied the score in the fourth on Causey Stanland’s home run. In the fifth, singles by Andres Aquilar, Alejandro Campero, Rene Compean and Jose Rodriguez led to three Texas runs. Laredo padded its lead in the seventh on three straight walks, a single by Gonzalez and a wild pitch. South Carolina finished pool play at 0-4.

Final Pool Standings

USA Pool
Pearl City, Hawaii   4-0 (USA West)
Laredo, Texas    3-1 (USA Southwest)
Middletown, New Jersey  2-2  (USA East)
Glendale, Wisconsin   1-3 (USA Central)
Anderson, South Carolina  0-4 (USA South)

International Pool
Manila, Philippines   4-0 (Asia-Pacific)
Surrey, British Columbia  3-1 (Canada)
St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands 2-2 (Latin America)
Guayama, Puerto Rico  1-3  (Puerto Rico)
Kirovograd, Ukraine   0-4 (Europe, Middle East, Africa)