Crafty Curacao ‘steals’ a victory
continues to roll at the 55th Little League World Series.
Their 10-3 victory
over the all-stars from Arabian American Little League Sunday at
Volunteer Stadium puts them in control of their own destiny in the
hunt for a berth in the semifinal round.
“I am very happy
with how we played,” said Curacao manager Mark Van Zaten.
“We did not strikeout a lot, and everything went according to
A crowd of 3,400
was on hand to see the speedy Curacao team, but many spectators
quickly dispersed when a loud clash of thunder from an incoming storm
could be heard.
Before all the
havoc, Curacao wasted no time getting on the board.
With two outs in the first inning, Curacao left fielder Erick
Rafael knocked in Dinyor Antonia with a single to right.
followed Rafael’s RBI single with grounder that went past the
shortstop. The error
allowed Michelangelo Trinidad and Rafael to come home, increasing
Curacao’s lead to 3-0.
the team from Saudi Arabia amounted a two-out rally of their own in
the bottom half of the inning.
the bases loaded, Jad Ibrahim sent a laser beam to the right side,
which brought home Craig Lumpa.
Crofton scored on a wild pitch during the next at-bat, and Blake
Dieterich added another run, scoring on a passed ball.
the score tied, Blythe Bumstead hit a soft-liner to the first baseman
to end the rally.
went right back at it the next inning with the help of crafty base
running. They would score
four times in the inning to take a 7-3 lead.
Curacao used the double steal multiple times during the game,
and that contributed to the runs scored.
aggressive style of baserunning is something we have practiced and
mastered,” Van Zanten said. “We
know the reactions of kids, and that is what we play off of.”
the fourth inning, Rafael hit a home run to center field that extended
his team’s lead to five runs.
scored twice more in the top of the sixth to give them a commanding
lead on the Transatlantic team.
just a single out left in the game, heavy rains began to cover
Volunteer field. After an
hour and a half rain delay, Trinidad was able to retire Jed Abrahim on
a single pitch, and end the game with Curacao on top, 10-3.
- David Graham-Caso