Source: South Williamsport, Pa.
Date/Time: Day, August 20, 2:00pm ET
A 2-RBI sacrifice fly and a solo home run in the top of the fifth inning allowed the Caribbean champions from Willemstad, Curacao, to stage a come-from-behind win and narrowly defeat Canada champions Vancouver, British Columbia, 4-3, in an elimination game on Monday afternoon at Volunteer Stadium.
The Caribbean were the first to score as Mildward Baranco hit a solo shot over the fence in the second inning. Canada then tied it up in the bottom of third with a run of their own as Kolby Buljevic scored off a base hit by Steven Moretto.
Canada added two more runs in the bottom of the fourth inning thanks to a 2-run home run by Noah Hanson-Stafford that scored both himself and Thomas Neal, who had led off the inning with a base hit.
Canada’s lead was short lived though, as the Caribbean responded in the bottom of the fifth with three runs, pulling ahead, 4-3. A sacrifice fly at the left field fence by Christopher Koeiman allowed both Jurickson Fecunda and Daytan Biegel to tag up and score. Canadian left fielder Carson Ho made a great catch but fell to the ground afterwards, which the Caribbean took full advantage of.
“When I saw the left fielder fall and the center fielder taking the ball from him, I knew there was no way they would be able to throw out Fecunda, so I sent him,” said Caribbean manager Edmiro Chirino.
That run would ultimately cost Canada the game.
Canada would try to stage a comeback in the bottom of the sixth, but a ground out to third base brought the game to a close and eliminated Canada from the tournament.
“Our defense was really good today and throughout the whole tournament,” said Canadian manager Vito Bordignon. “They represented Canada well and had a great showing here in Williamsport.”
“It’s been wonderful being here and I am very happy with the teams’ performance,” he added.
Caribbean advances in the losers' bracket and plays the winner of Monday's Mexico/Asia-Pacific game on Tuesday at 4 p.m.
When asked about the game strategy he will use for Tuesday’s game, Chirino responded: “I’ve already scouted Asia-Pacific and plan to watch the Mexico game this evening. I’ll come up with one after I see that.”
Despite being eliminated from the Little League World Series, Canada plays to stay around to watch until the conclusion on Sunday.