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Panama wins 2013 Senior League World Series

BANGOR, Maine – Despite having both their manager and starting catcher suspended for the 2013 Senior League World Series Championship Game, the team from Panama representing Latin America would come out on top.

Luis Alonso and manager Azael Dominguez were ejected from the semifinal game against the U.S. Southeast because Alonso was using an illegal bat. The ejections came with a one game suspension meaning both would miss out on the championship game.

But the U.S. East was without their starting catcher as well. Earlier in the tournament, Eric Duerr was hurt on a play at the plate requiring him to be removed on a stretcher. Duerr was at the championship game but was wearing a neck brace as he cheered on his teammates.

So with each team minus their starting catcher, and one of their top bats, it would come down to a pitching duel and a miscue to decide the World Series champion.

Javier Garcia started and pitched brilliantly for Panama. All day he gave the East hitters fits with his curve ball. He pitched a complete game, gave up one unearned run, gave up just four hits, and struck out nine. Not only did he have the slow big breaking ball working, he was also bringing some heat. All day he was around the 87-88 mph range, but in the final inning sensing the championship he was touching 91.

Garcia’s counterpart on the mound for the East, Alex Pechin, pitched great as well. Pechin went the distance as well giving up two runs on seven hits. He did it more with location and movement than overpowering speed. But all afternoon he had Panama hitters off balance.

The East got the scoring started in the bottom of the fourth inning. After a one out double by Joseph Zirolli (1-for-3), the next hitter grounded into a fielder’s choice that had Zirolli dead to rights at third base. However, the Panama third baseman dropped the ball on the slide and the runners were safe at first and third.

After a walk loaded the bases, Eric Takoushian (2-for-3) grounded out to first base to drive in the first run of the game. Garcia would get out of the inning allowing only the one run.

Pechin held Panama scoreless until the top of the sixth inning. Abel Gallardo (2-for-3) singled to start the inning. The next hitter walked and a sacrifice bunt put runners at second and third with just one out. Edgardo Sandoval (2-for-3) then hit an infield single to tie the game at one.

Pechin then really buckled down. With two runners on and one out, Panama’s best hitter strolled to the plate in pitcher Garcia. He was coming off a 4-for-5 game in the semifinals and could have put Panama in front with a huge hit. However, Pechin was up to the task and got him to pop out to second base.

It looked like Pechin would pitch out of the inning. Then the miscue came that caused the East the ballgame. On a fastball a little high and outside, the East catcher allowed the ball bounce out of his glove. The ball bounced away just far enough to allow the runner from third to score the go ahead run.

Panama scored the tying and winning run in the semifinals on a wild pitch and a throwing error that came all on the same play. Now in the championship game they took advantage of a passed ball to score what became the winning run.

The East made it interesting in the bottom of the seventh putting the first two runners on and then sacrificing them over. But Garcia dug deep hitting 91 on the radar gun on his 91st pitch. He would end the threat and the game giving Panama its first title since 2000.

It was not the first time that this Panama team had sent players to the US for a Little League championship. A few years earlier seven of the players on the team competed in Williamsport in the 2010 Little League World Series. That team would finish 1-2 losing to the eventual champions Japan in pool play.

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Latin America Faces U.S. East in the 2013 Senior League World Series Final

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

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2013 Senior League World Series Semifinals Set

BANGOR, Maine – The 2013 Senior League World Series is down the final four teams after some exciting must win games on Thursday.

In Pool A, the Host Maine team had to win to advance. However, they were facing the only undefeated team in the pool, U.S. West. Maine couldn’t hold up and they were ousted finishing with a 2-2 record. The loss allowed the U.S. Southeast to advance behind the undefeated West after they won their must win game.

In Pool B, the U.S. Southwest had to win to have a chance to advance and they too were playing an undefeated team. And just like Maine, they would go down and fail to advance.

Asia-Pacific 1, U.S. Southeast 2

Needing to win to have a chance to advance, the Southeast came up huge with a walk-off win over Asia-Pacific.

With the score tied at one apiece in the bottom of the seventh, Kevin Hyatt, who had a big day going 3-for-3, led off the inning with a single. He was quickly replaced by courtesy runner Luke Wiles. Wiles was moved to second, on what became a huge play, when the Asia-Pacific pitcher balked. This put Wiles in scoring position and on the next pitch Jesse Ibarra (1-for-3) came up with the big hit.

Ibarra lined a singled to right field allowing Wiles to come around and score the winning run for the Southeast.

Knowing they had to win, they did just that and this put pressure on Maine to do just the same in order to force a tiebreaker to see who advances.

U.S. Southwest , Latin America 2

With a win the U.S. Southwest had a chance to advance via the tiebreaker, but that was all meaningless after they dropped the game Thursday to Latin America.

The Southwest jumped out on top of the undefeated Latin America team 1-0 in the top of the first. Lead-off hitter Rickey Villarreal walked to lead off the game. Two batters later he would come around to score on a double by Sergio Macias. However they would only be able to collect one more hit the entire game.

Airon Franco was brilliant on the hill for Latin America. He tossed 5.2 innings allowing just one run on two hits. After the first inning, he completely shut down the Southwest offense.

The Latin America offense was stifled until the bottom of the fifth inning when it finally mounted a comeback. Jose Lopez (2-for-3) singled to start the inning. He was followed by a Luis Mendoza (1-for-2) walk and a Abel Frias (1-for-2) bunt single to load the bases with no outs.

Gertudis Tello (1-for-2) then singled in the tying run putting Latin America on the scoreboard. The final run of the game would come on a Luis Alonso ground out to third base. The inning would soon be over with no more damage, but that is all Latin America would need.

Europe & Africa 8, U.S. Central 4

In the battle of the win-less teams, the team from Italy (Europe & Africa) came out victorious.

A seven run top of the first set the tone and gave Europe & Africa a lead that the Central could not overcome in the end. The big hit in the first came off the bat of Davide Azzali (1-for-1) who tripled in a pair of runs

The Central pitching staff struggled with control all day. They walked nine Europe & Africa hitters and hit another.

On the other side Alberto Fossa pitched great for Euopre & Africa. He pitched four innings giving up just two hits while striking out four. The Central bats couldn’t get on the board until his relief was put in.

Host Maine 1, U.S. West 11 (5)

In what was a must win game for Maine, the West dominated the contest blowing the host team out to cut their tournament short.

Tyler Kushima pitched great for the West. He went the distance allowing just one run on six hits. He struck out three.

The lone run for Maine came off the bat of Jordan Derrah (1-for-3) who hit a solo home run in the third inning. Justin Courtney (1-for-2) had the only other extra base hit for Maine with a double.

Colby Hirano led the offense for the West scoring four times. He went 2-for-2 with a pair of walks and even stole two bases. Kawaiola Takemura added a pair of hits going 2-for-2 with two runs scored and two RBI.

2013 Senior League World Series Schedule:

Semifinals – Friday August 16
11:30 am U.S. East vs U.S. West
2:30 pm U.S. Southeast vs Latin America

Championship Game – Saturday August 17
2:00 pm Live on ESPNU

2013 Senior League World Series Standings:

Pool A:

1. U.S. West 4-0
2. U.S. Southeast 3-1
3. Host Maine 2-2
4. Asia-Pacific 1-3
5. Canada 0-4

Pool B:

1. Latin America 4-0
2. U.S. East 3-1
3. U.S. Southwest 2-2
4. Europe & Africa 1-3
4. U.S. Central 0-4


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2013 Senior League World Series Day 4 Scores and Standings

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:

Pool A:

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

Pool B:

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

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2013 Senior League World Series Day 3 Scores and Standings

BANGOR, Maine – Pool play continued on Day 3 of the 2013 Senior League World Series on Tuesday as both the U.S. East and U.S. West stay unbeaten.

Canada 0, U.S. Southeast 10 (5)

The U.S. Southeast kept their hopes alive for the semifinals with a win over Canada on Tuesday to improve its record to 1-1. If the Southeast can win out, they stand a chance to advance.

Tyler Avret started and pitched well for the Southeast. He pitched 3.1 innings allowing just one hit and striking out five. He got offensive support from Evan Krenz who doubled, went 2-for-3, and drove in three runs. Brandon Hensley also had a nice day at the plate. He doubled twice going 2-for-2 and driving in a pair of runs.

Latin America 3, Europe & Africa 0

Latin America came out and shut down the Europe & Africa offense limiting them to a single hit.

Javier Garcia pitched four inning allowing just one hit while striking out seven earning the win for Latin America. Francisco Perez came on in relief and finished the game. He pitched three innings without allowing a hit while striking out five.

Luis Alonso went 2-for-3 and drove in two of the three runs for Latin America.

The win puts Latin America at 2-0 and in the driver’s seat for a spot in the semifinals, but they have only played teams without a win so far.

U.S. East 9, U.S. Central 4

The U.S. East started off the game strong and finished it even stronger. The East took a 4-0 lead in the top of the first and gradually saw the Central team fight back to pull within a run heading into the ninth inning. Then the East broke open for five more runs to put it away.

Eric Duerr (3-for-5) and Dan Garver (3-for-4) led the East offense with three hits as they pounded out a total of 16 hits, all singles. Eric Takoushian picked up a pair of hits himself driving in a pair of runs.

U.S. West 11, Asia-Pacific 0 (6)

The West stayed perfect with a shutout of Asia-Pacific on Tuesday. Brandon Henderson pitched four innings giving up just three hits while striking out six. He picked up the win. At the plate he was 1-for-3 with a triple.

Kawaiola Takemura scored twice, drove in one run, doubled, and went 2-for-3 to lead the West offense.

The West has one more game to go and will face the Host Maine on Thursday night. This is setting up to be a showdown of two undefeated teams and could be for the #1 seed heading into the semifinal round.

2013 Senior League World Series Standings:

Pool A:

1. U.S. West 3-0
2. Host Maine 2-0
3. U.S. Southeast 1-1
4. Asia-Pacific 0-2
5. Canada 0-3

Pool B:

1. U.S. East 3-0
2. Latin America 2-0
3. U.S. Southwest 1-1
4. Europe & Africa 0-2
5. U.S. Central 0-3

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Senior League World Series Day 2 Scores and Standings

BANGOR, Maine – Day 2 of the 2013 Senior League World Series is in the books and a few teams are making their mark with perfect records so far.

Host Maine improved to 2-0 with a close 3-1 victory over Asia-Pacific on Monday. Also improving to 2-0 were the U.S. East and U.S. West who both won big on Monday over international teams.

Europe & Africa 1, U.S. East 11 (5)

The U.S. East bats dominated on Monday banging out 15 hits en route to a run rule shortened win.

Eric Duerr had a huge day at the plate. Doubling twice, Duerr went 2-for-4 knocking in four runs. The table was set for the U.S. East by lead-off man Drew Jarmuz who was a perfect 4-for-4 scoring three times.

The U.S. East pitching staff was just as dominant limiting the Europe & Africa team to just two hits, one each from the eighth and ninth place hitter. Alex Pechin started and pitched three hitless innings to earn the win. Ryan Barrett finished the game tossing two innings allowing one run on two hits.

U.S. West 11, Canada 1

Canada fell to 0-2 after falling apart in their game against the U.S. West. Canada pitching allowed only five hits. However, those hits were combined with ten walks and five defensive errors to give the U.S. West five unearned runs. Canada also allowed seven stolen bases.

Chevy Sumile pitched great for the West tossing five innings. He allowed no runs and two hits while striking out eight.

At the plate Colby Hirano had a nice day at the plate. He picked up two hits (2-for-4), walked once, and scored three runs.

Host Maine 3, Asia-Pacific 1

Maine held off a late inning rally from Asia-Pacific as they picked up their second straight win.

Trevor DeLaite pitched great for Maine to earn the win. He went five innings allowing no runs, one hit, and struck out six. Andrew Hillier finished the game pitching two innings allowing just one unearned run on two hits.

The big hit for Maine came in the top of the fifth inning when Nick Moore (1-for-1) singled in a pair of runs to give Maine a 3-0 lead.

U.S. Central 2, U.S. Southwest 12 (6)

The Southwest improved to 1-1 with a win over the Central on Monday. The Southwest got a nice start from Sergio Macias who pitched four scoreless innings allowing just one hit. Macias was also big at the plate going 3-for-4 tripling twice and scoring two runs.

Felipe Rodriguez (1-for-3) and Jerry Avila (1-for-2) both drove in three runs for the Southwest.

2013 Senior League World Series Standings:

Pool A:

1. Host Maine 2-0
1. U.S. West 2-0
3. Asia-Pacific 0-1
3. U.S. Southeast 0-1
5. Canada 0-2

Pool B:

1. U.S. East 2-0
1. Latin America 1-0
3. U.S. Southwest 1-1
4. Europe & Africa 0-1
5. U.S. Central 0-2

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Guatemala City Wins 2012 Senior League World Series Title

BANGOR, Maine – The 2012 Senior League World Series finished up this weekend with the team from Guatemala City, Guatemala representing Latin America taking home the title. This is the first title for Guatemala.

Latin America made it to the championship undefeated. In pool play, they finished 3-0 after one game got rained out. In the semi-finals, they defeated the US Southeast representative from Brevard County, Florida 5-2 advancing to the final.

2012 Senior League World Series Championship

Latin America 6, West 3

The West (Lemon Grove, California) took an early 1-0 lead on a bases loaded single by Dominik Sawyer. However, it didn’t take long for Latin America to bounce back. In the top of the third, Latin America came back with 3 runs of its own.

Juan Diego Montes got the scoring going with a RBI single. After Fernando Valls walked to load the bases, Julio Alvorado drove in 2 more runs with a single.

Heading into the last two innings, Latin America led 3-1. In the top of the 6th, they added another 3 runs to take a 6-1 lead and put a lot of pressure on the West.

Latin America got the first run in the 6th on a passed ball. Gabriel Montenegro walked with the bases loaded to drive in another run. The last run again came home on a bases loaded walk pushing the lead to 6-1.

California gave it a go in the bottom of the 6th scoring 2 runs of their own, but that was all they could muster as the Guatemalan pitching shut them down in the 7th to hold onto the win.

Hans Werner picked up the save. Alejandro Amezquita earned the win pitching 5 innings allowing 2 runs on 3 hits.

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2012 Senior League World Series Enters Semi-Finals

BANGOR, Maine – The 2012 Senior League World Series has reached the semi-final stage. With the international and US teams mixed in the pools, three American teams advanced to the semi-finals.

Latin America and the US West team out of Lemon Grove, California remain undefeated winning their respective pools. Finishing as runner-up were the US Southeast out of Brevard County, Florida and the US Central out of Grand Rapids, Michigan.

The US Central out of Michigan finished tied with the US East out of Massachusetts with the Central advancing based on their 7-6 victory over the East.

The two semi-final games will take place Friday August 17th with the championship coming Saturday August 18th.

Friday August, 17th
11:30am Southeast vs Latin America
2:30pm Central vs West

Friday August 18th
2pm Championship Game
Watch live on ESPNU and ESPN3.com

Final Round Robin Standings:

Pool A
1. Latin America 3-0
2. Central 2-2
3. East 2-2
4. Host 1-2
5. Canada 1-3

Pool B
1. West 4-0
2. Southeast 3-1
3. Southwest 2-2
4. EMEA 1-3
5. Asia Pacific 0-4

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2009 LLWS: Senior League Division

INDONESIA – The Philippines knocked off previously unbeaten Guam in the Senior League title game at the Asia-Pacific Regional Tournament in Jakarta, Indonesia on June 28 to advance to the Little League World Series late this summer.

The ILLAM Central Little League team from Makati City, Philippines dropped their opening game against Guam, 9-7, before routing Indonesia 13-1. The Filipinos slipped past CNMI 2-1 to advance to the championship game where they nipped Guam, 6-5.

1. Philippines
2. Guam
4. Indonesia


Western Regional Tournament
Ontario, California (District 23)
August 4 – 11

Southwestern Regional Tournament
Seguin, Texas (District 31)
August 7 – 13

Eastern Regional Tournament
W. Deptford, New Jersey (District 15)
August 7 – 13

Central Regional Tournament
Columbia, Missouri (District 4)
August 7 – 13

Southeast Regional Tournament
Viera/Suntree, Florida (District 2)


Latin American Regional Tournament
Yubacoa, Puerto Rico
July 9 – 18

EMEA Regional Tournament
Ramstein, Germany
July 12 – 20

Canadian Regional Tournament
Saint John, New Brunswick
August 8 – 13

2007 – Cartersville Little League – Cartersville, Georgia
2006 – Paraguana Little League – Falcon, Venezuela
2005 – Urbandale Little League – Urbandale, Iowa
2004 – Freehold Township LL, New Jersey
2003 – Hilo Little League, Hilo, Hawaii
2002 – Curacao, N.A.
2001 – Palm Harbor, Florida
2000 – Curundu-Panama City, Panama

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