Little League World Series Regionals 2014: Tournament Results and Standings
One of the great sporting events of the year is finally upon us. The 2014 Little League World Series kicked off on Friday with six regionals starting up all around the country. With 52 teams vying for eight spots on the road to Williamsport, Pennsylvania, expect all sorts of drama.
What makes the Little League World Series so special each year, aside from the roster turnover and thrill of seeing these kids shine on a bright stage at such a young age, is the passion and energy every single day.
There's always a thrill watching Major League Baseball, but it's different when you see a group of kids between the ages of 11 and 13 come together for a couple of months fighting to be called the best in the world.
While a champion won't be crowned until Aug. 24, the road to a title starts now. We have coverage of every game on the schedule and a breakdown of what happened on the field.
Little League World Series Regional Standings
|Joplin South, Missouri||1-4|
|Plymouth/New Hope, Minnesota||4-1|
|Canyon Lake, South Dakota||6-0|
|Newark National, Delaware||3-3|
|Northwest Washington, D.C.||0-4|
|Taney Youth Baseball, Pennsylvania||5-1|
|Toms River, New Jersey||4-1|
|Colonie, New York||2-3|
|West Salisbury, Maryland||1-3|
New England Regional
|Goffstown, New Hampshire||1-3|
|Cumberland, Rhode Island||4-1|
|Albuquerque, New Mexico||3-1|
|Northside Suburban, Texas||1-2|
|Lake Charles, Louisiana||3-2|
|Pine Bluff, Arkansas||0-3|
|Las Vegas, Nevada||5-0|
|St. George, Utah||0-4|
|Eagle River, Alaska||3-2|
|North Bend, Oregon||4-1|
Great Lakes Regional
|New Albany, Indiana||4-1|
|Bowling Green, Kentucky||0-4|
|Peachtree City, Georgia||2-2|
|Clemmons, North Carolina||2-1|
|Bridgeport, West Virginia||0-3|
|Taylor, South Carolina||1-2|
|St. John, New Brunswick||0-4|
|Vancouver, British Columbia||4-1|
Day 10 Recap
Taney Youth Baseball Association, PA def. Newark National, DE
The final spot in the Little League World Series was filled by Taney Youth Baseball Association. The Pennsylvania squad earned a dominating 8-0 victory to knock off Newark National and move into the next round.
Mo'Ne Davis came through with a huge effort on the mound, pitching six shutout innings while allowing just three hits and striking out six.
At the plate, Pennsylvania got two hits and three RBI out of Jared Sprague-Lott as the offense put up four runs in the first, two in the second and two more in the fifth to cruise to victory.
After a 5-1 run through the Mid-Atlantic regional, the group has a chance to be legitimate contenders to win the national tournament.
Day 9 Recap
Pacific, WA def. Bend North, OR 6-3
Great Lakes Regional
Jackie Robinson West, IL def. New Albany, IN 12-7
New England Regional
Cumberland, RI def. Fairfield, CT 10-6
Pacifica American, CA vs. Mountain Ridge, NV: 9 p.m. ESPN
All times Eastern; scores will be updated when complete.
A handful of teams punched their tickets to the Little League World Series by winning their regions on Saturday's mega-slate full of regional finals.
Jackie Robinson West, IL was the first to do so. It defeated New Albany, IN in a slugfest that ended 12-7, Jackie Robinson clinched a spot in the Little League World Series by winning the Great Lakes regional.
The Chicago-based team drew plenty of praise for their performance, including a congratulatory tweet from Chicago mayor Rahm Emmanuel after clinching their position.
Joining Jackie Robinson in heading to Williamsport will be Pacific, WA, who took the Northwest regional in an exciting game Saturday with Bend North, OR.
Pacific jumped in front and never looked back, eventually winning 6-3 to secure their spot in the next round.
The third of four teams to join the party and advance through on Saturday was Cumberland, RI who poured on the runs against Fairfield, CT and held off a late surge to win, 10-6.
Things stayed tight until the very end, with Fairfield loading the bases and getting in position to tie the game with one swing in the bottom of the sixth. But after settling down, Cumberland notched the crucial final out.
One more spot in the final is up for grabs heading into the night cap. The West regional is still to be decided, with Pacifica American, CA battling Mountain Ridge, NV.
Day 8 Recap
Taney Youth Baseball Association, PA def. Colonie, NY; 6-5
Newark National, DE vs. Toms River, NJ; 4-3
Canyon Lake, SD def. Kearney, NE; 15-4
South Nashville, TN def. Tuckahoe American, VA; 9-4
Mountain Ridge, NV def. Encinitas, CA; 5-1
Pacifica American, CA def. Honolulu, HI; 1-0
Canyon Lake was the latest team to punch its ticket to the Little League World Series with a 15-4 win over Keaney in the Midwest Regional Final.
The battle was close early, but the South Dakota squad exploded for six runs in the third inning and eight in the fourth to finish with a mercy-rule win. Dylan Richey led the way with three hits and five RBI as the squad ended its undefeated run through the region.
In the Mid-Atlantic Regional, the Taney Youth Baseball Association moved into the finals thanks to a narrow victory over Colonie. The Pennsylvania representatives came back from a 3-0 early deficit with three runs in the fourth and three in the fifth.
While New York came close to tying things up in the top of the sixth, Pennsylvania held on for the 6-5 win.
This will set up a regional final against Newark National, which handed Toms River its first loss of the tournament. The Delaware team was led by five quality innings on the mound by Jack Hardcastle and the group held on late to come away with the win.
Austin Kryszczuk pitched all six innings for Mountain Ridge with 11 strikeouts to lead Nevada to the West finals. The team scored two runs in the top of the first, which was enough for the ace pitcher in what became a 5-1 victory.
Pacifica American also came through with a win in one of the best pitching matchups of the week. Elijah Ricks pitched a complete-game shutout with eight strikeouts to outduel Caleb Markwith in the win. Spencer Karalius came through with the only RBI in the second inning to push the North California team to the next round.
Mountain Ridge will now face Pacifica American on Saturday for a spot in the Little League World Series.
South Nashville has already punched its ticket thanks to its come-from-behind win over Tuckahoe American. The Tennessee squad went into the bottom of the fifth down 4-3, but came through with six runs to pull away late.
Sam Slaughter had four RBI in the victory as the group will remain a top contender to win the whole thing this season.
Day 7 Recap
New England Regional
Cumberland American, RI def. Falmouth, ME; 13-4
Fairfield American, CT def. Barnstable Tom Wallace American, MA; 9-0
Great Lakes Regional
New Albany, IN def. Burlington, WI; 14-4
Jackie Robinson West, IL def. Canfield, OH; 13-2
Bend North, OR def. Knik, AK; 7-6
Pacific, WA def. Boulder Arrowhead, MT; 10-3
Results will be updated upon completion. All times Eastern.
While most of the other regional brackets have a day off before their championship game, Day 7 represents the semifinals for a few other regionals.
Cumberland American got the first win of the day in a matchup that was much closer than the final score. The Rhode Island squad lost the lead in the bottom of the fifth, got it back in the sixth and then lost it again as the game went into extra innings.
Meanwhile, Falmouth refused to give up as Michael Simonds represented Maine well with five strong innings on the mound. However, they could not keep up in the eighth inning when Cumberland broke through with nine runs to pull away and secure a 13-4 win.
Jayden Struble had four hits in the win and Rhode Island is now just one win from going to the next stage.
The team will face Fairfield American after the Connecticut squad cruised to victory against Barnstable Tom Wallace American.
Sam Davenport and Brian Howell combined for six shutout innings while Jack Steed led the offense with three RBI in the 9-0 victory. Connecticut and Rhode Island will now compete for a spot in the Little League World Series on Saturday.
New Albany earned a place in the Great Lakes Regional finals with a dominant performance against Burlington. The Indiana team totaled 14 runs in the mercy-rule win, with Cooper Biven and Cody Medley combining for seven hits and eight RBI.
Pitcher Josh Castleman had a rough start but pitched all four innings as the Indiana team kept its dream alive.
Indiana will now take on Jackie Robinson West out of Illinois. The squad remains undefeated in the tournament after yet another impressive win, this time it was 13-2 against Canfield, Ohio.
Marquis Jackson had five RBI in the win as Illinois scored at least four runs in every inning before the mercy rule kicked in midway through the fourth. The club has a great chance of keeping this alive with the final game of the regional set for Saturday.
Things were much closer in the Northwest regional as Bend North came away with a 7-6 win over Knik. The Oregon team built up a 7-0 lead in the third inning, but Alaska fought hard to come back, including three runs in the bottom of the sixth.
Unfortunately, the rally came just short as Bend North was able to move on to the regional finals.
As for Washington's victory over Montana in the nightcap, it took a monster sixth inning to take care of business. Washington pushed an incredible seven runs across the board in the top of the sixth, which was the ultimate difference in the victory.
It was only 3-1 heading into that final frame.
Day 6 Recap
Toms River, NJ def. Newark, DE; 11-10
Taney Youth Baseball Association, PA def. Northwest Washington, D.C.; 7-1
New England Regional
Cumberland American, RI def. Williston, VT; 8-5
Barnstable Tom Wallace American, MA def. Goffstown, NH; 8-2
Great Lakes Regional
Canyon Lake, ND def. Joplin South, MO; 7-3
Kearney NE def. Plymouth/New Hope, MN; 11-7
South Nashville, TN def. South Brandon, FL; 13-1
Tuckahoe American, VA def. Columbus Northern, GA; 8-7
Pearland East, TX def. South Lake Charles, LA; 7-3
Mountain Ridge, NV def. Encinitas, CA; 8-4
Chandler National, AZ def. Dixie, UT; 7-6
Lewiston, ID def. Cody, WY; 15-2
Alberta def. Prairies; 2-1
Ontario def. Quebec; 6-2
Atlantic def. Salaberry-de-Valleyfield; 15-0
The United States' first ticket to the 2014 Little League World Series has been punched. With a 7-3 win over South Lake Charles, LA, Pearland East, TX has taken the Southwest Regional and will be one of eight American teams to make the trip to Williamsport.
Pearland scored three runs in the first inning and never looked back, going ahead by as many as six runs en route to a dominant performance. Layne Roblyer drove in two runs on his only base hit, a double in the third inning, and South Lake Charles did themselves no favors with a series of mental mistakes. The Louisiana-based team committed four fielding errors, helping account for four of their opponent's runs.
Pitcher Andrew Guillory was tagged for seven runs, with only four being earned. On the other side, Matthew Adams gave up three runs and struck out four in his five innings. He gave way to Landon Donley, who got in a little trouble before closing the game out.
In the Mid-Atlantic, Toms River, NJ continued their undefeated run but were tested down to the very last pitch. Newark National, DE scored two runs in the top of the sixth to give themselves a 10-9 lead with three outs remaining, but the New Jersey giant came back in fine form. Nicholas DeRose walked to score William Fleury and give Toms River the win.
Taney Youth Baseball, PA also had an impressive 7-1 win over Northwest Washington, D.C.
The New England Region continues to be a jumble of evenly matched teams. Wins for Cumberland American, RI and Barnstable Tom Wallace American, MA make it three teams with two wins, each chasing Fairfield American, CT. The semifinals are Thursday and should be interesting.
The Midwest has its finalists set following two mostly anticlimactic contests Wednesday night. Canyon Lake, SD defeated Joplin South, MO, 7-3, scoring the game's final four runs after an eventful first inning. Dylan Richey went 4.1 innings and struck out seven in relief.
Canyon Lake will be facing off against Kearney, NE, who bashed their way to an 11-7 win over Plymouth/New Hope, MN. Kearney scored six runs in the bottom of the fifth inning, answering back from a two-run top half that gave Plymouth/New Hope a one-run lead. Kaden Bonner led the way with three hits.
Also headed to a head-to-head final are Tuckahoe American, VA and South Nashville, TN, who each won their respective semis. South Nashville took apart Bradenton, FL in a 13-1 rout. Tuckahoe had perhaps the most thrilling comeback of any regional matchup thus far, scoring six runs in the bottom of the sixth to walk off with a victory.
The West and Northwest will have their finalists decided over the next couple days. In the meantime, Mountain Ridge, NV and Chander National, AZ continued to get the job done with victories out West. Lewiston, ID did the same with a dominant win over Cody, WY in the Northwest.
Day 5 Recap
Colonie, NY def. Taney Youth Baseball Association, PA; 5-3
Toms River, NJ def. West Salisbury, MD; 10-5
New England Regional
Falmouth, ME def. Barnstable Tom Wallace American, MA; 9-4
Fairfield American, CT def. Cumberland American, RI; 5-3
Great Lakes Regional
New Albany, IN def. Warren County South, KY; 3-2
Burlington, WI def. Midland Northeast, MI; 9-1
Jackie Robinson West, IL def. Canfield, OH; 15-4
Plymouth/New Hope, MN def. Kearney, NE; 3-2
Southwest Forsyth, NC def. Bridgeport, WV; 17-1
Tuckahoe American, VA def. Jackson, AL; 10-5
South Brandon, FL def. Columbus Northern, GA; 15-0
South Nashville, TN def. Northwood, SC 3-1
South Lake Charles, LA def. Eastdale, NM; 10-9
Pearland East, TX def. Biloxi, MS ; 12-6
Mountain Ridge, NV def. def. Pacifica American, CA; 13-2
Honolulu, HI def. Dixie, UT; 25-0
Knik, AK def. Cody, WY; 2-1
Bend North, OR def. Boulder Arrowhead, MT; 5-0
Pacific, WA def. Cody, WY; 13-3
Toronto High Park, ON def. Regina, SK; 10-2
NDG Montreal, Quebec def. St. John, New Brunswick; 17-8
South Vancouver, BC def. Salaberry-de-Valleyfield; 10-1
Plenty of noteworthy action transpired amid Tuesday's Little League World Series regional play. To start in the Mid-Atlantic region, Toms River, NJ, remained the only undefeated team in the six-squad cluster, defeating West Salisbury, MD by a score of 10-5.
Toms River was blitzed for four runs in the bottom of the first to fall into an early hole. However, they scored 10 of the game's next 11 runs, imposing their will on a team from Maryland that fell to 1-3. Christian Wood led Toms River with three hits and three RBI.
Competition is tight in the New England Regional, where Falmouth, ME, plated six runs in the top of the sixth en route to a 9-4 win over Barnstable Tom Wallace American, MA. Alexander Smith tossed a solid 5.1 innings, yielding three runs, striking out four and registering a stellar 0.75 WHIP for the win.
But Fairfield, CT, continues to lead the way at 3-1, courtesy of a 5-3 triumph over Rhode Island's Cumberland American. That division of the tournament is truly up for grabs, though.
Chicago's Jackie Robinson West Little League appears destined for a Little League World Series run, crushing Canfield, OH, 15-4 to move to a perfect 4-0. The game was called after the top of the fourth, thanks largely to an 11-run second from Chicago. Pierce Jones led Illinois with five RBI.
Only New Albany, IN, is within a game of Chicago in the Great Lakes Regional standings, and they only beat a winless Kentucky bunch 3-2 on Tuesday.
Plymouth/New Hope, Minnesota put two runs up in the first before allowing Kearney, Nebraska, back into the game, only to notch a walk-off win in the bottom of the sixth, 3-2. That kept Minnesota even at 4-0 with South Dakota's Canyon Lake Little League.
Both pools in the Southeast Regional remain hardly apart, but Bridgeport, West Virginia, is behind the pace at 0-3 following Tuesday's demoralizing, 17-1 defeat at the hands of North Carolina's Southwest Forsyth.
One of the best games of the day came from the Southwest, where Lake Charles, LA, edged Albuquerque, NM, 10-9. An entertaining third inning saw New Mexico come out on top 7-4, but Louisiana scored two in the sixth to tie, and then one in the seventh to make up the difference.
Honolulu, Hawaii is the class of the West Regional, proving so in smashing Utah 25-0 in just four innings of work. Jordan Botelho had six RBI at the dish and also struck out five in just two innings pitched.The idle Encinitas, CA (2-1), is the only other team in the West with a winning record.
Lynnwood Pacific Little League is on top of the Northwest with a 4-0 mark, getting there with a 13-3 romp over winless Cody, Wyoming on Tuesday.
As for the Canada Regional, where one spot is available between the seven teams, Toronto High Park preserved their perfect mark in a resounding 10-2 victory over Regina, SK. Their official showdown begins Friday, with South Vancouver, BC, looking strong after a 10-1 dismantling of host Salaberry-de-Valleyfield.
Whether the Canadians can make a splash in the Little League World Series remains to be seen. They do have two formidable squads likely to meet each other in the decisive regional finale. Lethbridge, AB, and Montreal are also 3-1, though, which shows this pool has some depth in talent.
But the focus will remain on the numerous American regions, which will feature plenty of clashes to monitor on Day 6 as the road to the LLWS continues.
Day 4 Recap
Newark National, DE def. Northwest Washington, D.C.; 9-4
West Salisbury, MD def. Colonie, NY; 5-0
New England Regional
Barnstable Tom Wallace American, MA def. Williston, VT; 7-2
Cumberland American, RI def. Goffstown Junior Baseball, NH; 10-0
Great Lakes Regional
New Albany, IN def. Burlington, WI; 8-3
Canfield, OH def. Warren County South, KY; 3-2
Jackie Robinson West, IL def. Midland Northeast, MI; 3-2
Headed, IA def. Joplin South, MO; 5-4
Canyon Lake, SD def. Frontenac, KS; 20-3
Southwest Forsyth, NC def. South Brandon, FL; 6-2
Jackson, AL def. Northwood, SC; 6-4
Columbus Northern, GA def. Bridgeport, WV; 3-2
Tuckahoe American, VA def. South Nashville, TN; 13-0
South Lake Charles, LA def. Pittsburg County, OK; 15-1
Pearland East, TX def. Northside Suburban, TX; 6-2
Biloxi, MS def. Pinebluff Western, AR 12-2
Honolulu, HI def. Chandler National, AZ; 5-4
Encinitas, CA def. Dixie, UT; 15-2
Bend North, OR def. Knik, AK; 10-2
Pacific, WA def. Lewiston, ID; 5-2
Toronto High Park, ON def. South Vancouver, BC; 5-2
NDG Montreal, Quebec def. Regina, SK; 6-2
Lethbridge, AB def. Salaberry-de-Valleyfield; 12-1
The Washington D.C. squad made up a 4-0 deficit with a four-run fourth inning, but the tie did not last long. Newark National answered right back with a run in the fifth and four in the sixth to pull away and secure the 9-4 victory.
In the Great Lakes Regional, Cooper Biven had three hits and four RBI to lead New Albany of Indiana to an 8-3 win Burlington, Wisconsin.
Southwest Forsyth, Indiana had a bit of drama in their game against South Brandon, Florida. With the score 2-1 heading into the bottom of the sixth, South Brandon got a run across to tie the game and send it to extra innings. However, Tyler McDaniel came through for Indiana as the team scored four runs in the eighth to come away with the win.
Things were close between Encinitas and Dixie for most of the game with the score 4-2 heading into the final inning. However, the Southern California squad scored 11 runs in the top of the sixth and Encinitas pulled away for a quality victory.
Devin Pitre had a strong performance at the plate and on the mound to help Jackson build up a 6-0 lead against Northwood. While the South Carolina team scored four runs to keep things close, it was Alabama that came away with the narrow win.
It was a kid named Ruth that came through for Barnstable Tom Wallace American. Zach Ruth had two RBI and the Massachusetts squad scored six runs in the third inning to pull away from Williston Little League.
Headid had only three hits in its game—two of them from Jared Sitzmann—but sloppy defense by Joplin South allowed five runs to cross. The Iowa squad held on 5-4 for its first win of the tournament.
South Dakota had an offensive explosion with 20 runs in the first three innings. Canyon Lake was led by three hits and five RBI by Dylan Richey while Frontenac could not keep up.
Colton Joyner totaled three hits and two RBI for Columbus Northern, which was enough for pitcher Tyler Watkins to do the rest as Georgia was able to escape with a 3-2 win over Bridgeport.
South Lake Charles made some history as Elliot Hoffpauir and company combined for a no-hitter through four innings before the mercy rule set in. Pittsburg county managed to get one run in the fourth inning, but this was never a close contest.
Honolulu created some drama in the West Regional. The squad scored two runs to tie it in the bottom of the fifth, only to give up the go-ahead run in the top of the sixth. The Hawaiian group did not give up, though, rallying for two runs in the sixth to earn a walk-off win.
Dylan Smith and Ethan Peterman combined for a no-hitter as West Salisbury, Maryland defeated Colonie, New York. The pitchers were lights out while Ryan Mitchell added four RBI to help the squad cruise to victory.
Oregon used a balanced effort to total 10 runs in a solid offensive effort against Alaska. Bend North put up big numbers in the third, fourth and fifth innings to come away with an easy 10-2 win.
In a battle of Texas teams, Pearland represented the East with a quality 6-2 win over Northside Suburban. Pearland scored four in the first inning and found a way to hold on thanks to a strong effort on the mound by Clayton Broader.
Seth Velker had four hits for Canfield in a game that went to extra innings. The Ohio squad finally came through in the bottom of the seventh to defeat Warren County.
Virginia had no problem against Tennessee, racking up 13 runs in four innings while allowing just one hit on the other end. Tuckahoe American received a balanced effort from the entire lineup to get 13 hits in a convincing win.
Rhode Island's Cumberland American had no trouble defeating New Hampshire, racking up an easy 10-0 victory in a game called after just four innings. A seven-run bottom of the 1st did the trick for the kids from the Ocean State. The well-rounded effort—no player had more than two RBI—establishes them as one of the teams to beat in the New England region.
Jackie Robinson West of Chicago, Illinois snuck by Michigan's Midland Northeast with a tense 3-2 victory. Trey Hondras pitched well in the loss, racking up seven strikeouts. Jackie Robinson West are now 3-0 and appear to be the class of the Great Lakes Regional.
Pacific, Washington's Tyler Durbin carried his team both on the mound and at the plate in their 5-2 victory over Lewiston, Idaho. Durbin racked up three strikeouts in 3.1 innings pitched and contributed 2 RBI to the winning effort.
In the day's final game, Biloxi, Mississippi trounced Pine Bluff Western from Arkansas 12-2 to move to 2-1 in the Southwest Regional standings.
Day 3 Recap
Great Lakes Regional
Canfield LL, OH def. Northeast LL, MI; 8-1
Burlington LL, WI, def. Warren County South LL, KY; 6-5
Jackie Robinson West LL, Chicago, IL, def. New Albany LL, IN; 8-4
Taney Youth Baseball Association LL, Philadelphia, PA, def. Newark National LL, DE; 8-4
Toms River LL, NJ, def. Colonie LL Albany, NY; 6-4
Canyon Lake LL, Rapid City, SD, def. Joplin South LL, MO; 9-7
Kearney LL, NE, def. Headid LL - Sioux City, IA; 5-0
Plymouth/New Hope LL, MN, def. Frontenac Youth LL, KS; 5-4
New England Regional
Vermont def. Falmouth LL, ME; 10-4
Goffstown Junior Baseball LL, NH, def. Fairfield American LL, CT; 4-2
Lynnwood Pacific LL, WA, def. Boulder Arrowhead LL, MT; 10-4
Pearland East LL, TX, def. South Lake Charles LL, LA; 6-4
Northside Suburban LL, TX, def. Pittsburg County LL, OK; 23-0
South Vancouver LL, BC, def. Lancaster LL, St. John; 18-0
Toronto High Park LL, ONT, def. Salaberry-de-Valleyfield; 13-0
Southwest LL – Lethbridge, AB, def. Quebec NDG LL, Montreal; 6-5
Mountain Ridge LL, NV, def. Chandler National LL, AZ; 6-5
Canfield, Ohio, improved to 1-1 to create a gridlock Great Lakes Regional play by defeating Michigan's Northeast Little League 8-1 on Sunday. Eight errors from the losing side helped Canfield's cause, as did four strikeouts from Brandon Mikos in 3.2 innings, whose side yielded just two hits overall.
Reigning supreme was the team from Chicago, Illinois, who improved to 2-0 in the Regional with a convincing 8-4 win over New Albany, Indiana. Cameron Buford pitched a complete six innings for Chicago, who trailed 2-0 early but had a four-run third inning, which made the difference in the end.
Two highly competitive games in the Mid-Atlantic region saw Philadelphia's Taney Youth Baseball Association top Newark, Delaware, 8-4, using an identical score as Chicago to remain with a perfect record. Toms River matched Taney in the standings at 2-0 thanks to a 6-4 triumph over Albany, New York's Colonie LL.
Rapid City, South Dakota, continued an excellent start in the Midwest, knocking off Joplin, Missouri, 9-7 to get to 3-0. It is becoming apparent that the city in a less heralded state is becoming a hotbed for little-league talent.
"I told our players throughout the year, even our league team before we get to the all-stars, we play as good of baseball here in Rapid City as anywhere in the United States," said Timberline All-Stars manager Loy Matthes, per the Rapid City Journal's Richard Anderson. "We play top caliber here in Rapid City."
There's no reason not to believe that bold statement thus far, if the early going in regional action is any indication.
But Plymouth/New Hope, Minnesota, is right there with South Dakota at the 3-0 mark, courtesy of a second consecutive one-run victory. After Frontenac, Kansas, scored three in the top of the sixth to tie it up, Minnesota didn't flinch and plated the winning run thereafter to win 5-4.
Not too many other surprise results occurred, as the Canada Regional looks to be a two-horse race between Toronto and Vancouver, who won by a combined score of 31-0 on Sunday. Barring something drastic from Alberta, the latter two's head-to-head battle on Day 4 should give a good indication as to who will come out on top in the standings.
South Dakota has a great chance to go to 4-0 on Monday in facing a Kansas squad that's just 1-2. That would be a big boost and give the team great momentum in their bid for the Little League World Series. It is just one of the many exciting games on tap.
Plenty of baseball is to be played before a LLWS champion is crowned, but the regional play isn't to be overlooked. With how volatile baseball results can be on a daily basis, this championship is anyone's to take. Apart from several clear mismatches in the first several games, the 2014 LLWS promises to be ripe with great competition and the typical impassioned play that has helped the tradition carry on for so long.
Day 2 Recap
|Mid-Atlantic Regional: Taney Youth Baseball Association, PA, def. West Salisbury, MD; 11-1|
|Great Lakes Regional: Midland Northeast, MI, def. Warren County South, KY; 14-5|
|Southeast Regional: South Nashville, TN, def. Jackson, AL; 10-0|
|West Regional: Pacifica, CA, def. Chandler National, AZ; 7-3|
|Great Lakes Regional: Jackie Robinson West, IL def. Burlington, WI; 10-0|
|Southeast Regional: South Brandon, FL def. Bridgeport, WV; 4-3|
|New England Regional: Cumberland American, RI, def. Barnstable Tom Wallace American, MA; 25-5|
|Midwest Regional: Frontenac, KS def. Kearney, NE; 6-5|
|Southwest Regional: North Boulder, CO def. Pine Bluff Western, AR; 8-3|
|Northwest Regional: Knik, AK def. Lewiston, ID; 6-4|
|Midwest Regional: Plymouth/New Hope, MN def. Joplin South, MO; 4-3|
|Southeast Regional: Northwood, SC def. Tuckahoe American, VA; 11-5|
|Mid-Atlantic Regional: Toms Rivers, NJ def. Northwest Washington, D.C.; 12-2|
|Midwest Regional: Canyon Lake, SD def. Headed, IA; 10-8|
|Southwest Regional: Eastdale, NM def. Biloxi, MS; 17-1|
|Great Lakes Regional: New Albany, IN def. Canfield, OH,; 11-6|
|Southeast Regional: Columbus Northern, GA def. Southwest Forsyth, NC; 5-3|
|West Regional: Honolulu, HI def. Encinitas, CA; 9-2|
|New England Regional: Fairfield American, CT def. Falmouth, MI; 10-0|
|Southwest Regional: Pearland East, TX, def. Southland Lake Charles; 28-0|
|Northwest Regional: Bend North, OR def. Cody, WY; 15-0|
|Canada Regional: Southwest LL (Alberta) def. Lancaster LL; 17-1|
|Canada Regional: NDG LL - Montreal def. Salaberry-de-Valleyfield; 8-1|
|Canada Regional: South Vancouver LL def. North Regina LL; 5-0|
Results will be updated when games are completed. All times ET.
Taney Youth Baseball Association got off to a good start Saturday with its 11-1 mercy-rule win over West Salisbury. The Pennsylvania representatives were led by four RBI by Jared Sprague-Lott in a dominant performance.
Midland Northeast, Mississippi, also had an easy win thanks to 14 runs in the first inning. Warren County South was able to get some runs on the board to keep it somewhat respectable, but the score was never really in doubt.
Tennessee's squad was nearly perfect in its win over Jackson, Alabama. South Nashville scored 10 runs in four innings with a balanced effort from the whole lineup, while pitcher Robert Hassell III led the way with three scoreless innings in the win.
In the West Regional, Pacifica represented Northern California well with a solid 7-3 win over Chandler National. Elijah Ricks led the strong offensive effort with three hits and three RBI.
Pierce Jones had four hits for Illinois in an easy 10-0 victory over Wisconsin. Pitcher Joshua Houston allowed only a single hit in four innings before the mercy rule stopped the action.
In one of the closest games of the day, South Brandon scored three runs in the first and one in the second before holding on for a 4-3 victory over Bridgeport.
The most impressive offensive performance of the day had to go to Cumberland American out of Rhode Island. The squad totaled 25 runs in a rout over its Massachusetts opponent thanks in part to seven RBI from Addison Kopack.
Kearney, Nebraska almost came back from a 6-0 deficit thanks to five runs in the fifth and sixth innings, but they fell short as Frontenac, Kansas held on for the win.
A big fourth inning helped North Boulder secure a victory over Pine Bluff Western. The Colorado squad could not get anything going until scoring eight runs in the fourth and adding two more in the fifth, which was enough to hold on for the 8-3 win.
The Alaskan team got a win in its first appearance of the tournament as Knik defeated Lewiston. It took a balanced effort to get the lead and then the group withstood a tough rally from the Idaho opponent, but the group was able to hold on late.
After losing the lead in the top of the fifth, Plymouth/New Hope answered right back with a run in the bottom of the inning to secure the win over Joplin South out of Missouri.
Northwood allowed four runs in the first inning, but they were able to bounce back thanks to four RBI out of Hayden Stapleton. The South Carolina squad exploded for 11 runs to pull away from Tuckahoe American.
Toms River showed off their offense as the New Jersey squad scored 12 runs on 10 hits in a mercy-rule win over Washington D.C., who fell to 0-2 for the tournament.
In a back-and-forth game in the Midwest regional, Canyon Lake outlasted Headid 10-8 in a thrilling game. The South Dakota squad had 10 hits, including three by Matthew Hegre, as the group made up three different deficits to win.
Nicky Gaeto had four hits and five RBI in a dominant performance for Eastdale, New Mexico. The team scored 13 runs in the first inning and kept the pressure on until the game ended 17-1 after four innings.
Cooper Biven's three hits and four RBI helped push New Albany to an 11-6 win over Canfield. He also did his part on the mound with four strikeouts in 1.2 innings of work.
The dominant win sent the squad from Indiana to 1-0 record in the Great Lakes region.
Fairfield American jumped all over Falmouth in the first inning with three runs and never looked back. When it was over, the team from Connecticut had handed to squad from Maine a sound 10-0 beating. PJ Egan had three RBI and Jamie Fink tossed five scoreless innings to grab the win.
He allowed only three hits in the game.
Bend North defeated Cody by mercy rule 15-0. The Oregonians took advantage of four costly errors from the Wyoming team. Bend North had back-to-back seven-run innings to take control of the game. It was called after four innings.
Georgia's Columbus Southern came back from a 3-0 deficit to stun North Carolina's Southwest Forsyth. Columbus Southern scored a run in the fourth and four in the fifth inning to win a thriller.
The game between Texas' Pearland and Oklahoma's Pittsburg County was clearly a mismatch. The 28-0 score sounds like the final count between the Texas Long Horns and Oklahoma Sooners in the Red River Rivalry.
The squad from Texas didn't just explode offensively; three Pearland pitchers combined to no-hit Pittsburg County until the mercy rule took effect.
Honolulu took down Encinitas 9-2. The Hawaiians jumped out to an 8-0 lead by the third inning and maintained their distance to come away victorious.
Day 1 Recap
|Midwest Regional: Joplin South, Missouri, def. Frontenac, Kansas, 6-3|
|Mid-Atlantic Regional: Newark National, Delaware, def. West Salisbury, Maryland, 13-7|
|Northwest Regional: Pacific, Washington, def. Bend North, Oregon, 10-2|
|Midwest Regional: Plymouth/New Hope, Minnesota, def. Headid, Iowa, 4-0|
|Southwest Regional: Eastdale, New Mexico, def. Pine Bluff Western, Arkansas, 13-8|
|New England Regional: Falmouth, Maine, def. Goffstown, New Hampshire, 3-2|
|West Regional: Honolulu, Hawaii, def. Pacifica, California, 10-5|
|Mid-Atlantic Regional: Colonie, New York, def. Northwest Washington, DC, 6-3|
|Southwest Regional: Biloxi, Mississippi, def. North Boulder, Colorado, 2-1|
|Northwest Regional: Boulder Arrowhead, Montana, def. Lewiston, Idaho, 13-10|
|Midwest Regional: Canyon Lake, South Dakota, def. Kearney, Nebraska, 13-3|
|New England Regional: Fairfield American, Connecticut, def. Williston, Vermont, 9-4|
|Southwest Regional: South Lake Charles, Louisiana, def. Northside Suburban, Texas, 5-2|
|West Regional: Mountain Ridge, Nevada, def. Dixie, Utah, 11-1|
|Canada Regional:Toronto High Park LL def. Lancaster LL (Atlantic); 10-0|
|Canada Regional: South Vancouver LL def. Southwest LL (Alberta); 9-8|
|Canada Regional: North Regina LL def. Salaberry-de-Valleyfield (Quebec); 1-0|
Results will be updated when games are completed
The first game of the 2014 Little League World Series had all the drama and late-inning hysteria you would expect. Joplin South, Missouri, withstood an early rally from Frontenac, Kansas, by scoring three runs in the top of the seventh to break a 3-3 tie.
Josh Wells delivered the tiebreaking hit with a double to center field that scored Zach Westmoreland, who walked and advanced to third base on two passed balls from Frontenac pitcher Jake Beckmann.
Joplin South's pitching staff was overpowering all game, recording 13 strikeouts and allowing just one earned run. Beau Gardner closed out the win with 1.2 innings of no-hit ball that included three strikeouts on just 18 pitches.
The second game of the day was an offensive slugfest, with Delaware's Newark National team scoring seven runs in the second inning and six runs in the third inning to take a 13-1 lead heading into the bottom of the third.
However, West Salisbury, Maryland, would cut that lead in half with six combined runs in the third and fourth innings. Pitching would take over after that, as the last two innings were scoreless.
Brett Callahan and Jason Dauerty, the Nos. 2 and 3 hitters in Newark's lineup, combined to go 5-for-7 with four RBI, three runs scored and three doubles. Callahan also had an effective day on the mound, throwing one scoreless inning with one strikeout.
In a losing effort, Blake Corbin had a game to remember with three hits in four at-bats, including one home run and three RBI.
New York's Jakob Lemperle led his team thanks to four quality innings on the mound that featured seven strikeouts. He also added two hits at the plate as Colonie LL defeated the Washington D.C. contingent.
In the Southwest regional, Nick Skaggs of Mississippi got the better of Colorado with 11 strikeouts in five innings. Every pitch was necessary as Biloxi edged North Boulder 2-1.
Lewiston, Idaho, got out to an early 6-2 lead in its game against Boulder Arrowhead, but the Montana squad had 10 runs in the fourth inning to win the high-scoring battle. Eric Laughlin led the way with four RBI in the win.
It was an great offensive day for Canyon Lake, which scored 13 runs before winning by mercy rule over Kearney. The South Dakota squad got three hits from Bridger Nesbit in a game that was never in question.
Connecticut used a balanced effort to score in four of its five offensive innings, totaling nine runs in a five-run victory over Vermont.
South Lake Charles needed three RBI from Gus Milligan to earn a come-from-behind victory against Northside Suburban in the Southwest regional.
In the final game of the day, Mountain Ridge had a dominant showing against Dixie to earn a mercy-rule win to kickstart its tournament.