Only three teams remain unbeaten in the 2009 World Series in Taylor
The number of undefeated teams has fallen to three in the 29th annual Junior League World Series at Taylor’s Heritage Park.
All-star baseball teams from Aruba, Puerto Rico and Arizona are the only teams that haven’t lost after day two of the international tournament for the best teams of 13- and 14-year-old players.
Play continues with four games on Tuesday:
Italy (1-1) vs. Puerto Rico (1-0), 11 a.m.
New Mexico (1-1) vs. Indiana (1-1), 2 p.m.
Canada (0-2) vs. Aruba (1-0), 5 p.m.
Arizona (1-0) vs. South Carolina (0-1), 8 p.m.
Heritage Park is located at 21555 Pardee Road between Goddard and Northline. Tickets are $5 per carload per day or $10 for the entire week. Both fees include parking.
The Junior League World Series is considered the “big brother” of the Little League World Series, the annual tournament for 12-year-old ballplayers in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. Taylor has hosted the Junior League World Series all 29 years.
Four games are scheduled for each day, Sunday through Thursday. Teams are competing in two pools: International and USA.
The International championship game is set for 5 p.m. Friday, followed by the USA championship game at 8 p.m.
The World Series championship game is set for 5 p.m. Saturday. The game will be televised live on ESPNU and on tape delay on ESPN2.
Here are summaries of Monday’s games:
Scottsdale, Arizona 4
Middlebury, Indiana 0
A classic pitching dual marked the opener of the second day of the Junior League World Series in Taylor as Scottsdale, Arizona, defeated Middlebury, Indiana, 4-0.
Lanky southpaw Dylan Cozens pitched the first shutout of the 29th annual World Series. He and Indiana’s Shannon Baker battled each other for five innings before the USA Western Regional champions got some timely hits and pulled out the win in their first game of the series.
Arizona took a 1-0 lead over the Central Region champs on a fourth-inning double by Cody Erickson and an RBI single off the bat of Ryan Riggs. In the sixth, Scottsdale got back-to-back doubles from Erickson and Cozens and scored on a pair of misplayed pop- ups and an RBI single by Jake Anderson.
Duncan Morfitt reached base on an error in the seventh, moved to third on a Lucas Jacoby single and touched home a sacrifice fly by Erickson.
Cozens went the distance in a two-hit shutout, walking only one batter and striking out eight. He threw 98 pitches; 63 were strikes. Indiana’s trio of pitches – Baker, Freeman Fry and Austin Muniot, combined on a seven-hitter and struck out eight, but five Indiana errors contributed to the loss.
Indiana, which opened with a win over New Jersey, fell to 1-1.
Both teams play Tuesday. Indiana faces New Mexico at 2 p.m.; Arizona squares off against South Carolina at 8 p.m.
Oranjestad, Aruba 5
Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands 3
Aruba mounted a furious seventh-inning, two-out rally to score four runs, capping a 5-3 comeback victory over Saipan in a key International Pool contest.
The game was scoreless until the bottom of the fifth inning, when the Asia-Pacific all-stars from Saipan touched Aruba starting pitcher Aldeir Croes for three runs. Henry Rabaulman singled with one out, stole second and scored on two-out ground-rule double off the bat of Ricardo Dela Cruz. An RBI single by Patrick Tenorio plated Dela Cruz and Tenorio scored on the back half of a double steal.
Aruba got one run back in the top of the sixth. Wilmar Imperator, who was safe on an error, advanced on a Eugene Helder double and scored on an RBI single by Ray-Patrick Didder.
In the bottom of the sixth, Saipan loaded the bases with no outs but relief pitcher Didder slammed the door with a strikeout and his teammates’ 6-4-3 double play.
Still trailing 3-1 in the top of the seventh, Aruba loaded the bases on an error, a single by Imperator and a walk to Didder. With two out, Shawn Duinkerk slapped a two-run single to tie the game. A stolen base later, Croes punched a single to center to score Didder and Duinkerk to put Aruba ahead.
Didder retired the side in order in the bottom of the seven to preserve the win.
It was the series opener for Aruba, the Latin America champions. Saipan, which defeated Italy on Sunday, fell to 1-1.
Friuli Venezia Giulia, Italy 9
Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada 8 (9 innings)
The all-stars from Friuli Venezia Giulia, Italy, scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to pull out a 9-8 victory over the Canadian national champions from Coquitlam, British Columbia. It was Italy’s first victory in the history of the Junior League World Series.
The see-saw thriller saw the game tied at 7-7 after the regulation seven innings. Team Canada took the lead in the top of the ninth when pinch runner Roman D’Alessandro went from first to second on a single by Jordan Pettie, broke to third on an attempted double steal and scored on the overthrow to third.
In the bottom of the ninth, Italy lead-off batter Gabriele DiGiusto was safe on an error and took second on a single by Marco Mari. Alessandro Tonzar followed with a single to right, scoring DiGiusto and tying the score at 8-8. The next batter, Simone Bazzarine, flew out to centerfield and Mari beat the throw home to win the game for Italy, the champions of the Europe/Middle East/Africa Region.
The Canadians scored first in the game on a Jeff Heidema three-run homer in the third inning. They took a five-run lead with two runs in the fourth.
Italy stormed back with four runs in the fourth, which featured an Enrico Varin three-run home run. Both teams scored two runs in the fifth. Italy tied the game at 7-7 in the bottom of the seventh.
Italy plays in Tuesday’s opener against Puerto Rico at 11 a.m. Canada goes against Aruba at 5 p.m.
Jackson, New Jersey 15
Albuquerque, New Mexico 2
In the final game on Monday, the Eastern champions from Jackson, New Jersey dismantled the Southwest champion from Albuquerque New Mexico, 15-2 in five innings.
New Jersey scored two runs in the second, highlighted by a perfectly executed suicide squeeze bunt by Gregory Pascullo that scored Brian Delecki. Two more runs circled the diamond in the third, which included a Tyler Pallante homer to centerfield.
The flood gates opened in the fourth. James Sofield started the inning with a standup double. William Carlock walked and Sofield scored on a 300-foot single to left by Angel Garced. Jordan Mundell was safe on a perfect bunt single that hugged the third base line. With the bases filled, pitcher Brendan Benecke cleared the diamond with a gigantic grand slam to left center.
Trailing 9-0 in the bottom of the fourth, New Mexico scored a run on two walks, an error and an RBI groundout by Esteban Chavez.
New Jersey continued the onslaught, scoring six runs in the fifth, using RBIs by Benecke, Pallante, Michael Breazzano and Thomas Perl.
New Mexico scored in the bottom of the fifth on a sacrifice fly by Julius Encinas, but the game was called on the mercy rule.
Both teams are 1-1.
Looking Ahead to Wednesday
Saipan vs. Canada, 11 a.m.
South Carolina vs. New Jersey, 2 p.m.
New Mexico vs. Arizona, 5 p.m.
Puerto Rico vs. Aruba 8 p.m.
Pool Play Standings
Scottsdale, Arizona (West) 1-0
Middlebury, Indiana (Central) 1-1
Jackson, New Jersey (East) 1-1
Albuquerque, New Mexico (Southwest) 1-1
Easley, South Carolina (Southeast) 0-1
Oranjestad, Aruba (Latin America) 1-0
Yabucoa, Puerto Rico 1-0
Saipan, NMI (Asia-Pacific) 1-1
Friuli Venezia Giulia, Italy (EMEA) 1-1
Coquitlam, British Columbia (Canada) 0-2
For complete information on the World Series, visit www.cityoftaylor.com/worldseries.