Source: South Williamsport, Pa.
Date/Time: Day, August 19, 5:00pm ET
Sunday’s game brought together the team San Antonio Texas, playing for the Southwest region and the team from New Castle, Ind., representing the Great Lakes at Volunteer Stadium in the winners' bracket of the Little League World Series.
Both teams showed great talent but there can be only one winner and the Southwest team took the win, 13-3.
In the top of the first inning, the Southwest took the lead with a 2-run home run from the second batter up, Zachary Sanchez, which was followed by an RBI double from Tyler Vitt, sending Jack Scarborough home.
Great Lakes was able to close the gap with 2 run home run from Hunter McCubbins in the bottom of the second inning and make it a 3-2 game.
The second and third innings displayed no change in score due to some great defense, notably by Southwest’s Kevin Fleisher and his right field, nearly over the fence, catch in the bottom of the third.
The Southwest was able to greatly increase their lead in the fourth inning when the Great Lakes walked in two runs. A hit by Carter Elliot sent Sanchez home. An RBI single by Mason Moore and RBI double by Vitt added three more runs for the Southwest. A wild pitch gave Moore an opportunity to slide home, putting the Southwest up, 9-2.
“We’ve got an explosion of runs all year, we put pressure on teams. It’s what we do. In state tournament down by four runs in the first inning and bounced back, never had a panic in the guys, positive all the time. They’re just relaxed baseball players and love to play the game,” said Southwest coach Jack Wideman.
The Southwest team has not lost a single game the entire all-star run since districts, going 17-0, including 2-0 at the Little League World Series.
The Southwest furthered the gap in the fifth with two more runs scored by Sanchez and Wideman.
Cardenas knocked one out of the park in the sixth, adding two more runs for the Southwest and putting the Great Lakes into an 11-run hole.
The Great Lakes tried to make an attempt at closing the deficit in their final at-bat with a hit from Jarred Porter, sending Niah Williamson home, but it just was not enough, dropping the Great Lakes into the losers' bracket. The Great Lakes plays in an elimination game on Monday at 8 p.m. against the New England champions from Fairfield, Conn., at Lamade Stadium.
As for the Great Lakes, manager Tim Porter said “this is nothing new to us, we’ve grown to expect a bad game or two. It’s certainly not the end of the world. At the end of the day we’re spending the day in Williamsport tonight, I don’t think it gets any better than that.