Source: South Williamsport, Pa.
Date/Time: Day, August 26, 11:00am ET
The West regional champions from Petaluma, Calif., defeated the Latin America regional champions from Aguadulce, Panama, on Sunday at Lamade Stadium, 12-4, in the Little League World Series consolation game.
The West really kicked into gear in the first and second innings where they scored four runs in each inning, allowing the West to win.
West left fielder Bradley Smith started off the 4-run rally in the bottom of the first inning with an RBI double, which brought second baseman Porter Slate home. This was followed by a walked-in run and a wild pitch, which brought home first baseman Danny Marzo and Smith. The inning was ended after pitcher Quinton Gago had a sacrifice hit to bring center fielder Kempton Brandis home, 4-1.
Smith hit a 2-RBI double in the bottom of the second inning after center fielder Austin Paretti scored on a wild pitch. Brandis followed suit and hit an RBI single bringing Smith home, 8-2.
“I was very happy with their performance today,” West manager Eric Smith said.
Latin America did manage to score four runs, one in each of the first, second, and third innings and one on a wild pitch in the sixth.
Latin America shortstop James Gonzalez hit an RBI single in the first inning, followed by a sacrifice by center fielder Rafeal Eysseric in the second, and a solo homer by first baseman Edisson Gonzalez in the third, cutting the deficit to 8-3.
“We didn’t do well this game, but I felt that we accomplished what we came here to do,” Latin America manager Luis Gonzalez said.
West right fielder Logan Douglas started a 3-run rally with an RBI single after third baseman Cole Tomei scored on a passed ball. Paretti hit another RBI single, which allowed Douglas to score West’s last run, and put the game away, 12-3.
“It’s always nice to win your last game. It makes it easier to wake up the morning,” Smith said.