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Southeast Wins 2013 Big League World Series


EASLEY, South Carolina – The 2013 Big League World Series Championship Game is done and the Southeast has won the championship.

South Carolina District 7 represented the Southeast this year from Greenville, South Carolina. It is the third time in the past six years that SC District 7 has won the title with a 6-1 win.

Latin America (Venezuela) took an early 1-0 lead in the second inning on an EJ Lugo (1-for-2) RBI single. The score would stay there until the bottom of the sixth inning. That’s when the Southeast blew the game open.

Southeast took the lead on a Bradley Jones (1-for-3) two-run triple. The next batter, Ramone Osuna (1-for-3), quickly drove in Jones with a RBI single. They would tack on three more runs to put the game away.

Daniel Johnson pitched well for the Southeast. He tossed four innings allowing just one run on five hits. Cody Mitchell finished off the game with three strong innings to earn the win. He gave up just three hits in relief.

Mitchell also had a great day at the plate going 3-for-3. He led the team with a .385 average. He also pitched 7.1 innings allowing just one run.

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2013 Big League World Series: Southeast Downs the West in the USA Championship Game


EASLEY, South Carolina – After Venezuela defeated Chinese Taipei in the International Championship, South Carolina District 7 (Southeast) took on California District 13 (West) in the USA Championship Game.

The Southeast got outhit 9-8, but they made the best of those eight hits scoring seven runs to earn the USA Championship and a trip to the 2013 Big League World Series Title Game.

The Southeast jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the second inning and added three more in the third inning to take an early 5-1 lead.

Ramone Osuna (2-for-3) led off the second inning for the Southeast with a double. Two batters later he would come around to touch home on a Glen Batson (1-for-4) line drive single to center. They would score once more on a Grant Cox (2-for-3) double. It was the first of three runs Cox would drive in in the game.

An inning later, Cox would drive in two more runs with a bases loaded single. That hit gave the Southeast a 5-1 lead. Bradley Jones (1-for-3) homered in the sixth inning giving the Southeast a 6-1 lead that they never would give up.

The West tried to mount a comeback scoring a pair of runs in the fourth inning, but that was as close as they would get. Ricky Davis and Casey Ryan both went 3-for-4 in the loss for the West.

The West scored two of its three runs on wild pitches. The other came on an error.

With the 7-3 win, the Southeast will now face Latin America (Venezuela) in the 2013 Big League World Series Championship Game on Wednesday night.

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2013 Big League World Series: Latin America Scores in the Ninth to Win International Championship


EASLEY, South Carolina – The Championship Game is set for the 2013 Big League World Series after the semifinal matches on Tuesday. The top two teams in each pool (USA and International) played for a spot in the final game that will come on Wednesday night.

The International Pool Championship Game featured two very solid teams in Asia-Pacific (Chinese Taipei) and Latin America (Venezuela). Asia-Pacific entered the game undefeated after finishing 4-0 in the pool play. They gave Latin America its only loss of the tournament in a 7-1 victory early on. However, this time Latin America would get its revenge.

Latin America jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the second inning. It got the inning started with a lead off single by Alexander Lopez (1-for-4). A pinch-runner was brought in for Lopez and he was quickly moved to second base. After reaching third base on an error, Latin America had runners at the corners with no outs. Then the runner at first was thrown out stealing second. The batter at the time then hit a ground ball and the runner at third was thrown out at home.

It looked like Asia-Pacific would get out of the inning, but Latin America would mount a two-out rally. A walk put runners at first and second with the eighth and ninth hitters in the lineup coming up. Diego Paz (1-for-3) singled in the first run of the game, and EJ Lugo (1-for-3), the ninth place hitter, came through with another RBI single to give Latin America a 2-0 lead.

Asia-Pacific came back with a run of its own in the bottom of the third on a Kuo-Chen Fan double (2-for-4). It tied the game in the fifth inning on a Chen-Fei Lin double (1-for-2).

The game stayed tied with both pitching staffs having nice days. Latin America reliever Franklin Morales pitched five innings allowing just one run on one hit. He would eventually pick up the win.

Fang-Chun Yuan pitched great in relief as well for Asia-Pacific. He came on in the second inning and went 7.1 innings in relief. He didn’t give up a run until the ninth inning when Latin America would finally get to him.

With one out in the top of the ninth, Andherson Yance (2-for-3) got the Latin America rally going with a double. Two pitches later Luis Macias (1-for-4) singled up the middle to drive in Yance with the go-ahead run.

With the lead, Alvaro Lugo came on to pitch the bottom of the ninth to earn the save and send Latin America to the World Series Championship Game.

They will now face the USA Pool champion in the 2013 Big League World Series Championship on Wednesday night.

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2013 Big League World Series Enters Final Day of Pool Play


EASLEY, South Carolina – The 2013 Big League World Series is nearing the final stages. Today is the last day of the pool play as the semifinal teams will be set after today’s action.

Asia-Pacific (3-0) looks to stay undefeated as it takes on Canada (0-3). Already having secured a spot in the semifinals, they will be preparing for the next game. Canada has not won a game so far.

The Host South Carolina (2-2) team was eliminated from the semifinal round yesterday. After starting the tournament 2-0, they fell two straight games by a single run. On Saturday they lost to the Southeast, which is the only unbeaten in the US Pool, and then on Sunday they fell to the West 2-1. That win put the West in the semifinals knocking out the Host team in the process.

In other action today, the Southeast (3-0) will look to stay unbeaten as it faces off with the East squad (1-2). And in the final game of the day, and of the pool play, the Central (1-2) will play the Southwest (0-3).

The semifinals will take place on Tuesday July 30. The top two teams in the International Pool will play first followed by the two best teams in the US Pool. The winners will play for the 2013 Big League World Series title on Wednesday July 31 at 6:30 pm.

Big League World Series Schedule:

Monday July 29th
Canada vs Asia-Pacific
East vs Southeast
Southwest vs Central

Tuesday July 30th
1st Place International vs 2nd Place International
1st Place USA vs 2nd Place USA

Wednesday July 31st
Championship Game

Big League World Series Standings:

International Pool
1. Asia-Pacific 3-0
2. Latin America 3-1
3. Mexico 2-2
4. Europe & Africa 1-3
5. Canada 0-3

USA Pool
1. Southeast 3-0
2. West 3-1
3. South Carolina Host 2-2
4. Central 1-2
4. East 1-2
6. Southwest 0-3

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Big League World Series Day Two Recap


EASLEY, South Carolina – Day 2 is in the books at the 2013 Big League World Series in Easley, South Carolina. It was a light day with only three games on the schedule.

The first game of the day featured the Southwest taking on the Southeast. It was a close game for a few innings as the Southwest took a 1-0 lead in the top of the third inning, but an inning later the game was virtually over.

In the bottom of the fourth inning the Southeast team scored ten runs to blow the game open. The Southwest committed three errors in the inning and would wind up scoring nine unearned runs off of Southwest starter Marshall Kasowski. The Southeast would win going away 12-2.

Ki-Janna Madden went 2-for-4 and homered for the Southwest. Both of the Southeast’s runs came off of solo home runs. One was from starting pitcher Kasowski (2-for-3) and the other from Gavin Grissom (1-for-2).

Central 3, East 2

In Game 2 of the day, the Central team from Michigan used a late inning rally to move past the East squad as they once again fell in a close game. Once again errors played a huge part as all of the Central’s runs were unearned. The East committed three errors in the sixth inning allowing Central to take the lead and the win.

Austin Batka pitched well for Central giving up just two runs (one unearned) in five innings. He allowed just one hit and struck out five to earn the win.

Jake Ellis led the offense going 3-for-4 scoring a run for the Central.

Canada 1, Mexico 7

The last game of the day was in the International Pool with Mexico having a big inning to run away with the game. Again errors played key parts in the game. Four of the seven runs for Mexico were unearned on three Canada errors.

Carlos Medina pitched very well for Mexico. He tossed a complete game. He allowed just one unearned run on three hits.

With the win Mexico evened its record to 1-1. They will face Europe & Africa on Friday morning.

Big League World Series Schedule:

Friday July 26th
Mexico vs Europe & Africa
Southwest vs East
Canada vs Latin America
West vs Southeast
Central vs Host

Saturday July 27th
Europe & Africa vs Canada
Asia-Pacific vs Latin America
Central vs West
Host vs Southeast

Sunday July 28th
West vs Host
Asia-Pacific vs Mexico
Europe & Africa vs Latin America

Monday July 29th
Canada vs Asia-Pacific
East vs Southeast
Southwest vs Central

Tuesday July 30th
1st Place International vs 2nd Place International
1st Place USA vs 2nd Place USA

Wednesday July 31st
Championship Game

Big League World Series Standings:

International Pool
1. Latin America 1-0
1. Asia-Pacific 1-0
3. Mexico 1-1
4. Canada 0-1
4. Europe & Africa 0-1

USA Pool
1. South Carolina Host 1-0
1. Central 1-0
1. Southeast 1-0
1. West 1-0
5. East 0-2
5. Southwest 0-2

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Big League World Series Kicks Off in South Carolina


EASLEY, South Carolina – The Big League World Series kicked off yesterday in Easley with eleven teams competing for the 2013 title. The teams are set up into two groups (USA and International) with the two best teams in each group play in the semifinal round. However, unlike all other Little League tournaments there is a host team that plays in the USA bracket.

The teams in the 2013 Big League World Series are:

USA Group
Host – South Carolina District 1
East – New Jersey District 3
Southeast – South Carolina District 7
Central – Michigan District 9
Southwest – Orwall LL, Texas District 28 (The Woodlands)
West – California District 13 (Thousand Oaks)

International Group
Canada – District 3 – Fraser Valley, British Columbia
Mexico – Sutaj Alfarera LL – Tlaquepaque, Mexico
Asia-Pacific – Tao-Yuan County Big LL – Tao-Yuan County, Chinese Taipei
Latin America – Venezuela, District 1, Maracaibo
Europe & Africa – Germany, District 2

Game 1 of the day kicked off in the International Group between Team Mexico and Latin America. Mexico got off on the right foot by scoring an early run without even getting a hit, but then their bats were shut down by the Latin America pitching staff. Mexico was limited to a single hit by three pitchers. Latin America came back to score three in the sixth inning to start off with a win.

Game 2 was the first game in the USA Group between East and West. The West, from Thousand Oaks, California, has finished runner-up four times in the last ten years. They won the title in 1998. However, they needed to hold off a late rally to hang on to the win. The West scored three runs in the fifth inning to take a 3-0 lead. The East came back quickly with a run in the sixth and the seventh falling short by one.

While the first two games were close, the last two of the day were not. In Game 3, the Southwest fell to the Host team 15-5 as the Host team got off to a 6-0 lead after just two inning. LT Tolbert (2-for-3/4 RBI) and Brice Maready (2-for-4/3 RBI) both had productive days at the plate for the Host team. Branden Navarro drove in three of the five runs for the Southwest in the loss.

The final game of the day had Asia-Pacific dominating Europe & Africa by a 13-2 clip. Asia-Pacific used its power hitting a pair of home runs. One came from Fan Kuo Chen who went 3-for-4 blasting a three-run home run in the third inning to give the team a 6-0 lead. The other came off the bat of Lin Chen Fei (2-for-2) who hit a two-run shot in the second inning.

The schedule for Day 2 features only three games.

Thursday July 25th
Southwest vs Southeast
East vs Central
Mexico vs Canada

Friday July 26th
Mexico vs Europe & Africa
Southwest vs East
Canada vs Latin America
West vs Southeast
Central vs Host

Saturday July 27th
Europe & Africa vs Canada
Asia-Pacific vs Latin America
Central vs West
Host vs Southeast

Sunday July 28th
West vs Host
Asia-Pacific vs Mexico
Europe & Africa vs Latin America

Monday July 29th
Canada vs Asia-Pacific
East vs Southeast
Southwest vs Central

Tuesday July 30th
1st Place International vs 2nd Place International
1st Place USA vs 2nd Place USA

Wednesday July 31st
Championship Game

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2012 Big League World Series Starts Wednesday in South Carolina


EASLEY, South Carolina – The Little League World Series in Williamsport, PA gets most of the TV coverage and the big headlines, but soon another World Series in the Little League family starts, the Big League World Series.

Big League baseball is the oldest division in the Little League family for boys and girls ages 15-18, and every year the World Series is held in South Carolina. The World Series will begin on Wednesday July 25th with 11 teams from around the world taking part.

The tournament consists of 6 teams from around the USA and 5 international teams. The representatives are:

Asia Pacific – Muntinlupa, Philippines

Latin America – Maracaibo, Venezuela

EMEA – Buttrio, Italy

Canada – Windsor, Ontario

Puerto Rico – San Juan, PR

USA Central – Indiana

USA Southeast – Florida

USA Southwest – Laredo, Texas

USA West – Anaheim, California

USA East – Cumberland, New Jersey

A team from South Carolina also plays every year as the host team to round out the tournament.

The teams will play a round robin format with the top two teams in each pool (USA and International) advancing to the semifinals. The tournament runs for a week with the championship game on Wednesday August 1st.

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2009 LLWS: Big League Division


VENEZUELA – The Dominican Republic edged Puerto Rico 5-4 in the championship game at the Latin American Regional Tournament held June 19-28 in Maracaibo, Venezuela. No international squad has won the Big League championship since Puerto Rico claimed the title in 2002.

The Dominicans, who toppled Puerto Rico 13-9 in their first encounter, claimed wins in their first three outings before falling to Venezuela (District 2), 7-6. However, the tournament champion regrouped to win their final four games to clinch a trip to the Little League World Series.

FINAL STANDINGS
1. Dominican Republic
2. Puerto Rico
3. Venezuela (District 5)
4. Curacao
5. Venezuela (District 2)
6. Bahamas
7. Aruba

GUAM WINS ASIA-PACIFIC BIG LEAGUE CROWN

Guam and the Dominican Republic became the first two squads to book their tickets to the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania later this summer.

Guam captured the Asia-Pacific Regional Tournament title with a 9-2 victory against CNMI in the title game. The tourney was held from June 23-28 in Jakarta, Indonesia.

CNMI entered the championship match with a 3-0 record and had beaten Guam 5-1 in their first meeting. However, Guam rebounded with a 3-2 win against the Philippines to reach the championship and then captured the tournament crown in a lopsided affair.

FINAL STANDINGS
1. Guam
2. CNMI
3. Philippines
4. Indonesia

U.S. REGIONAL TOURNAMENTS

Southwestern Regional Tournament
Ruston, Louisiana (District 5)
July 17 – 23

Southeast Regional Tournament
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida (District 21)
July 17 – 21

Western Regional Tournament
Bremerton, Washington (District 2)
July 19 – 24

Eastern Regional Tournament
Dover, Delaware (District 1)
July 19 – 25

Central Regional Tournament
Wyoming, Michigan (District 9)
July 19 – 25

INTERNATIONAL REGIONAL TOURNAMENTS

EMEA Regional Tournament
Utena, Lithuania
July 6 – 11

Canadian Regional Tournament
Windsor, Ontario
July 20 – 26

RECENT CHAMPIONS
2008 – South Carolina District 7
2007 – South Carolina District 1
2006 – District 13 California
2005 – South Carolina District 1
2004 – South Carolina District 1
2003 – South Carolina District 1
2002 – Puerto Rico
2001 – District 62 Westminster, California
2000 – District 3 Fraser Valley, British Columbia, Canada

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