Day One From The SLWS [SCORES]
(1-0) Bronco-Hermon 9 def. U.S. Southwest 8 (0-1)
The Bronco-Hermon All Star team survived a furious comeback by the Southwest stars from San Antonio, Texas, to win their opener in walk-off fashion, 9-8.
After Mark Mailloux's 3-run double gave the hosts an 8-1 lead in the bottom of the fifth, the Southwest squad responded with six runs in the top of the sixth, with key run-scoring hits from Jalen Battles and Aaron Valdez.
Then, trailing by a run in the top of the seventh inning, Southwest's, Derek Klosowski, smacked a lead-off triple and scored the tying run on an infield ground-out.
Bronco-Hermon would not be outdone, though, and with two down in the last of the seventh, Alex Applebee delivered a walk-off infield single to give the hosts an upset victory.
Applebee finished the afternoon 3-for-5 with the clutch RBI and a pair of runs scored, as the local squad tallied 12 hits in their 2016 SLWS debut.
Up next for Texas, they'll face Europe-Africa (Spain), Monday night at 8 p.m. with the loser of that contest eliminated from the World Series.
Bronco-Hermon earned a well deserved day off with the win, and will next play Tuesday night at 8 p.m. vs the winner of U.S. West (Hawaii) and U.S. Southeast (Virginia). Coverage of that game can be heard on 92.9 The Ticket, with first pitch at 1:30 p.m. on Monday.
(1-0) U.S. Southeast 4 def. U.S. East 3 (0-1)
The U.S. Southeast team from Dumfries, Virginia held off the Eastern team from Clifton, New Jersey to score a 4-3 win in Sunday's second game.
Virginia was keyed by a three run fourth inning and capitalized on four errors committed by New Jersey, as the two sides combined for eight miscues in the contest.
Carson Arguin and Darien Porter each had a pair of hits for the Dumfries District champs, as four different members of the starting nine drove in a run.
Brandon Pena turned in the performance of the day for the East squad, going 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored in the losing effort.
With the win, Virginia advances to play U.S. West (Hawaii) at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, while New Jersey will now round out tomorrow's action when they face the loser of Bronco-Hermon vs. U.S. Southwest (Texas) at 8 p.m.
(1-0) U.S. Central 6 def. Europe-Africa 0 (0-1)
The 2016 Senior League World Series got underway from Mansfield Stadium this morning when Central defeated Europe-Africa, 6-0.
The U.S. Central representatives from Chicago, Illinois scored twice in the first inning and four times in the third to pace their offensive attack, lead by Joe Trezek, who had two hits and two runs scored, and Dave Navarro, who drove in a pair of runs.
On the mound, Navarro tossed a complete game shut-out, limiting the team from Barcelona, Spain, to five hits while striking out four.
Frank Hernandez and Raul Lopez went a combined 5-for-6 in the middle of the lineup for the Spanish team from Cataluna Little League, while the rest of the squad went a combined 0-for-20.
Central will next play Monday (8/1) vs. Asia-Pacific at 10 a.m. while Europe-Africa will face the loser of Latin America vs. Canada, Monday at 5 p.m.
(1-0) Latin America (Puerto Rico) 8 def. Canada 0 (0-1)
Latin America rounded out opening day action by blanking team Canada, 8-0, under the lights at Mansfield Stadium.
The team from Carolina, Puerto Rico saw a balanced attack from their offense as 7-of-9 starters recorded a hit, led by Bryan Sanjurjo who went 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored.
On the mound, Francisco Mateo tossed the first 5.1 innings for Latin America and allowed just four hits while fanning nine, before Christian Ramirez came in for the final 1.2 frames and did not concede a hit.
With the win, Latin America earns a day off before next playing Tuesday (8/2) at 5 p.m. vs U.S. Central (Virginia). Canada will now play Europe-Africa (Spain) at 5 p.m. on Monday in the first elimination game of the tournament.