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 > Little League Online > Media > Little League News Archive > 2013 > January-April > South Carolina Goes Undefeated in the Big League Baseball World Series with Championship Win over Venezuela

South Carolina Goes Undefeated in the Big League Baseball World Series with Championship Win over Venezuela

South Carolina Goes Undefeated in the Big League Baseball World Series with Championship Win over Venezuela

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Southeast Region Champions, South Carolina District 7 from Greenville, S.C., came into the Big League Baseball World Series Championship game on Wednesday evening undefeated, having outscored their opponents 50-4 during the series in Easley, S.C.

South Carolina continued their streak by defeating Latin America Region Champion, Venezuela, 6-1, making it their third Big League Baseball World Series Championship win in six years, but it was their opponent, Venezuela, who looked like they were on their way to winning the banner.

The strong team from Maracaibo, Venezuela, controlled the game up until the sixth inning with seven hits and remarkable pitching from Alvaro Lugo. Venezuela jumped out to an early 1-0 lead during the second inning with an RBI base hit by EJ Lugo, but not much offensive action followed.

Alvaro Lugo averaged just fewer than ten pitches per inning during the first five innings of the game, holding off South Carolina’s offense and leaving their hitters impatient at the plate.

At the top of the sixth inning, Venezuela’s pitcher, Alvaro Lugo, and third baseman, Jonitzo Carruyo, collided on a pop-up bunt from South Carolina’s Ki-Jana Madden. Venezuela recorded the first out of the inning, but after this shake up, Alvaro Lugo walked Clark Scolamiero for the beginning of South Carolina’s game-changing inning.

The team from Greenville had seven out of nine batters hitting above .300 coming into the Championship game, and their next batter was Bradley Jones. Bradley stepped up to the plate and belted a two-run triple to change the momentum of the game completely, and the team from the Southeast took the lead, 2-1. South Carolina was able to come from behind with five hits and six runs in the sixth inning, shaking Venezuela’s defense and forcing four pitching changes during the inning.

South Carolina standout Cody Mitchell got the win in relief, pitching three, scoreless innings. Mitchell’s bat also contributed to the team, going 3-3 for the night.

Leading the offensive attack for Venezuela were Luis Macias and Andherson Yance, who collected two hits apiece.

Tena Bartlett of Ontario, Canada, was the only female on the Big League umpire crew throughout the World Series, and was in charge of calling balls and strikes for the championship game as home plate umpire.

The championship game was South Carolina manager Jeff Young’s last game as head coach, as he plans to step aside after winning the 2013 Big League World Series Championship.