BANGOR, Maine – The Championship Game is set for the 2013 Senior League World Series as the U.S. East from Pennsylvania will face off with the team from Latin America, Panama.
The U.S. East handed the U.S. West its first loss of the tournament in the semifinal round, while Latin America needed extra inning to finally take down the U.S. Southeast 5-4.
U.S. East 9, U.S. West 4
The East team scored in only two innings, but they made the most of them scoring four runs in the top of the first inning and then coming back in the seventh with five more runs to put the game out of reach.
The first three hitters of the game singled for the East loading the bases. A walk drove in the first run of the game. After a double play, the East collected another three straight singles and would finish the inning up 4-0.
All four runs came off the West pitcher Trestan Nakamura who lasted just 0.2 innings. Reliever Brandon Henderson came in to pitch some solid relief. He shut down the East for the next five innings and then got bitten by the error bug behind him in the seventh inning.
The West battled back to pull with in a run. Then in the top of the seventh the East loaded the bases with two outs. And one little error opened the flood gates for the East to score five runs and put the game out of reach.
The big hit of the inning came from Christopher Tucker (1-for-4) who cleared the bases with a three-run triple. It was a team effort on offense for the East as every single hitter up at least one hit. Tucker Reese and Jake Freeman both collected two hits going 2-for-4.
U.S. Southeast 5, Latin America 5 (12)
It was the longest game in terms of time to be played in Bangor at the World Series. Lasting 4 hours, 6 minutes to eclipse the previous record of 3 hours, 28 minutes in 2007. It came in at the second longest innings wise at 11.2 innings just a third of an inning off the record.
The Southeast scored a run in the top of the seventh to tie the game at two apiece and to push the game into extra innings. They picked up another run in the ninth inning only to see Latin America tie it again and keep the game going.
Then once again the Southeast would get a run in the top of the twelfth inning. This time Latin America would not only tie it, but end it with a walk off wild pitch.
Latin America had runners at second and third with two outs. Jesse Ibarra had already walked a hitter and uncorked a wild pitch in the inning. Then he unleashed a second wild pitch. That allowed the runner to score from third to tie the game, but when the throw back to Ibarra from the catcher got away, the runner on second came all the way around to score the winning run.
It was a heartbreaking way to lose in the semifinals of the Senior League World Series.
Both starters pitched well. Tyler Avret tossed six innings giving up just two runs on six hits for the Southeast. Edgardo Sandoval pitched 5.1 innings for Latin America allowing just one run on four hits. He struck out seven.
Elliot Melton (3-for-6) and Isaiah Davila (3-for-7) both had nice days at the plate for Southeast.
For Latin America, Javier Garcia had a nice day. He went 4-for-5 scoring a run and driving in another. Starting pitcher Sandoval added two hits at the plate as well.
2013 Senior League World Series Schedule:
Championship Game – Saturday August 17
2:00 pm Latin America vs U.S. East
Live on ESPNU
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.