BANGOR, Maine – The race for the semifinals is on at the 2013 Senior League World Series with six teams looking to fill the four spots in the next round.
In Pool A, the U.S. West is in control of their destiny. Win and they are in. Lose and it will come down to a tiebreaker. Right behind them are two teams a game out, and the West will play one of them having the chance to possibly knock out the Host Maine.
The other team in the hunt is the U.S. Southeast. If they win and Maine loses, they are in. If they lose and Maine wins, they are out. And if they both lose or both win, it will come down to a tiebreaker.
The tiebreaker is determined by runs allowed per inning on defense.
In Pool B, Latin America controls its destiny. Win and they will be the top seed in the semifinals. Lose and they could be out. It will come down to a tiebreaker.
Last night the U.S. East could have won and advanced, but they didn’t and now have to wait and see if it will come down to a tiebreaker or not.
U.S. Southwest 5, Europe & Africa 4
The Southwest kept its hopes of advancing alive with a 5-4 win over Europe & Africa on Wednesday night. They were out hit 12-6 but made the most of those hits to pull out the win.
Europe & Africa jumped out on top 2-0 in the bottom of the first. They got to Southwest starter Alec Benavides early knocking him out after just 0.1 innings. Eduardo Rodriguez came on to pitch four innings in relief.
The Southwest came right back in the top of the second to take the lead 4-2. They got one run on a wild pitch and another when Gerardo Ramos (1-for-3) stole home. Jerry Avila (1-for-3) had the big hit in the inning with a two-run single.
Alberto Fossa had a nice game at the plate for Europe & Africa going 2-for-3 scoring twice.
Asia-Pacific 15, Canada 1 (5)
Asia-Pacific picked up its first win pushing Canada to an 0-4 record. Canada committed five errors allowing three unearned runs in the game.
Lead-off hitter Daniel Laurel had a nice game scoring three times, knocking in two runs, and going 2-for-4. Phonso Balagtas (2-for-3/2 RBI/2 runs), Rafael Esquerra (2-for-2/2 RBI/2 runs), and Diego Lozano (2-for-4/2 SBs) all had great days at the plate leading Asia-Pacific to the win.
U.S. Southeast 4, Host Maine 2
With the 4-2 win on Wednesday, the Southeast pulls into a tie for second with Maine making the last game of the pool play even more important for both teams.
Wilfredo Colon-Rios started and pitched well for the Southeast. He pitched three innings allowing just one unearned run on one hit. Evan Krenz finished off the last four innings in relief to earn the win. He gave up one run on three hits while striking out four.
Kyle Cartledge (2-for-4) and Jesse Ibarra (2-for-3) both picked up a pair of hits for the Southeast. Eight of the nine starters picked up a hit.
Andrew Hillier drove in a run and went 2-for-4 for Maine in the loss.
Latin America 5, U.S. East 3
The East had a chance to earn a spot in the semifinals with a win but couldn’t hold on to an early lead. Now they have to wait and see what happens in today’s games to see if they will advance or not.
Luis Bazan gave up three runs in the first inning for Latin America. He then settled down and pitched 4.2 more innings without giving up a run. In total he went 5.2 innings gave up three runs on seven hits while striking out five.
Luis Alonso had a huge day at the plate for Latin America. He doubled, drove in two runs, scored two, and went 4-for-4.
2013 Senior League World Series Standings:
1. U.S. West 3-0
3. U.S. Southeast 2-1
3. Host Maine 2-1
4. Asia-Pacific 1-2
5. Canada 0-4
1. Latin America 3-0
2. U.S. East 3-1
3. U.S. Southwest 2-1
4. Europe & Africa 0-3
4. U.S. Central 0-3
Eric Bynum is Managing Editor here at BaseballdeWorld. He spent three years as an ESL teacher in South Korea, and is now working on his master's degree in history with a focus on baseball and WWII. He has played and/or written about baseball for the past 30 years and is an avid Atlanta Braves fan.