WATERFORD (CT) 8, OTTUMWA (IA) 4
Ottumwa actually out-hit Waterford ten to six, but wildness on the mound was again an issue for the host team. Waterford scored two in the first inning, then plated four more runs in the fourth on only one hit. Ottumwa scored in each of the last three innings, but it wasn’t enough to avoid a second straight loss.
Colton McKinnon drove in three runs for the host team, while Kie Glosser was named Ottumwa’s player of the game for his two hits, and a diving catch in left field that stands as the defensive play of the tournament so far. Ryan O’Connell had three hits to earn player of the game honors for Waterford.
Now 0-2, Ottumwa faces a must-win game Saturday against a Eau Claire (WI) team that is also 0-2. Waterford leads the American Division with a 2-0 record, and will have Saturday off before facing Mifflin County (PA) on Sunday.
MIFFLIN COUNTY (PA) 4, EAU CLAIRE (WI) 3 (8 innings)
In the first extra-inning game of the World Series, Mifflin County erased a one-run deficit in the sixth inning, then plated a run in the eighth for a walkoff victory. Eau Claire held leads of 2-0 and 3-2 during the game, but could not avoid losing for the second day in a row.
Brycen Hassinger was the hero for Mifflin County, as his two-out RBI single scored Bryce Dobson with the winning run in the eighth. It was a bit of redemption for Hassinger, who committed an error to start the top of the eighth, although his team was able to keep that error from turnng into an Eau Claire run. The Wisconsin team had scored two runs in the fourth and another in the sixth, but as was the case the day before, they were not able to maintain their early lead.
Now 1-0 in American Division play, Mifflin County plays Saturday against a West Fargo (ND) team that’s also 1-0. Eau Claire and Ottumwa meet on Saturday, and with matching 0-2 records, the loser will be all but eliminated from moving on to bracket play.
PEARL CITY (HI) 11, DAVENPORT (IA) 0 (5 innings)
So far, Pearl City has been the most dominant team in the tournament. A day after one-hitting Meridian (MS), the Hawaii team completed a five-inning, combined no-hitter in an easy win over Davenport. Pearl City has yet to allow a run, and has given up just one hit in 12 innings.
Michael Yamaguchi tossed three perfect innings to earn the win before giving way to the bullpen. Pearl City scored six runs in the first inning and five more in the third, prompting them to save their starting pitcher for later in the tournament. Randen Kohagura, Joshua Fournier and Jayton Pang each had two RBI.
Now 0-2, Davenport faces a must-win games against 0-1 Meridian on Saturday. Pearl City will try to stay on top of the National Division Saturday when they take on 1-0 Spokane (WA).
SPOKANE (WA) 6, SARASOTA (FL) 4
Just when Sarasota seemed to be on its way to a second easy win, Spokane stormed back to stun the team from the Sunshine State. Sarasota scored two in the first and two in the second, but Spokane got back in it with three runs in the fourth, then tied it in the fifth and scored twice in the sixth to earn their first win.
Spokane was able to rally despite only managing five hits, as they took advantage of some sloppy play by Sarasota. Andrew Heesh drove in two runs to lead the Spokane attack, while David Dawson pitched three innings of scoreless relief to earn the win. Sarasota nearly rallied in the top of the seventh, loading the bases with one out. Dawson, however, induced a pair of popups to kill the rally and put Spokane in the win column.
Spokane faces Pearl City Saturday in a matchup of National Division unbeatens. Sarasota gets Saturday off to recover from loss, before they take their 1-1 record into a matchup with Meridian on Sunday.
POOL PLAY STANDINGS
Mifflin County 1-0
West Fargo 1-0
Eau Claire 0-2
Pearl City 2-0