Little League Regional Roundup: Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York pull out opening-day victories

Published on Sunday, 4 August 2019 20:33


BRISTOL - Richie Hayes’ start to the Little League Baseball Eastern Regional Tournament was just what Massachusetts needed on Sunday at Breen Field. 

Hayes threw 5⅓ shutout innings and fired six strikeouts with six hits and three walks allowed to lead his team to a 6-0 win over Maine that puts Massachusetts in the winner’s bracket of the New England Regional. 

Hayes was given immediate run support on teammate Ryan Domineau’s RBI single up the middle to score Paul Whelan in the top of the first. 

Whelan followed later with a two-run double to center to score Jackson Marshall and Quinn MacNeil in the fourth inning. That gave Massachusetts a 4-0 lead after Mikey St. Martin had scored on a wild pitch moments earlier. 

Domineau scored on a wild pitch in the sixth, and St. Martin plated Will McGrath on an RBI infield single for some extra insurance. 

Massachusetts (1-0) will face New Hampshire (0-0) at 1 p.m. today, and Maine (0-1) will face either Rhode Island, Connecticut or Vermont at 1 p.m. Tuesday. 

New Jersey 1, Pennsylvania 0

In Sunday’s first game, J.R. Rosado and Yady Mateo combined to pitch a one-hit shutout with 12 combined strikeouts in leading New Jersey to a victory in the Mid-Atlantic Regional. An infield single by Pennsylvania’s Aaron Angelo in the bottom of the first was the team’s only hit. 

Rosado (one hit allowed, eight strikeouts, three walks in 3 ⅔ innings on 69 pitches) and Mateo (four strikeouts, one walk in 2 ⅓ innings on 27 pitches) were excellent, and Mateo gave the club its lone run by driving an RBI double to center field to score Sal Garcia with one out in the fifth inning. 

Pennsylvania put the tying run on third base in the bottom of the sixth, as Eric Foster Jr. walked, stole second and took third on a groundout but was stranded 60 feet from home on a groundout. 

Pennsylvania’s Angelo, Mason Smith and Chase Diebler combined to allow one earned run on four hits with 10 strikeouts and four walks on the mound. 

New Jersey (1-0) will face Washington D.C. (0-0) at 10 a.m. today, and Pennsylvania (0-1) will face either Delaware or New York at 10 a.m. Tuesday. 

New York 9, Maryland 2

Trailing 2-1 with two outs in the bottom of the fifth inning, New York scored eight runs to rally and advance itself into the winner’s bracket. 

Josue Santana, Jeff Diaz and Gabriel Reyes loaded the bases on a hit-by-pitch and back-to-back walks, respectively, and Jaden Quezada’s bases-clearing double to left field gave New York a 4-2 lead. Nicholas Fabbri followed three batters later by roping a two-run single to left field to score Quezada and Jayden Torres, and Santana added the final touches to the comeback victory by smacking a three-run double to left field. 

Jose Olivo Jr., Jacob Niero and Joseph Savignano scored on the play to send New York (1-0) to a 4 p.m. game today against Delaware. 

Aidan Davis’ two-run double in the second inning scored Canaan Mapp and Chase Shepherd for a 2-1 lead, but Maryland (0-1) could not muster up enough offense and will face elimination at 4 p.m. Tuesday against either Washington D.C. or New Jersey. 

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Posted in The Bristol Press, General Sports on Sunday, 4 August 2019 20:33. Updated: Sunday, 4 August 2019 20:35.