SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — Matt Kubel baffled Nebraska’s bats and ninth-place hitter Patrick Steed helped ignite two big innings for Fairfield, Conn., in a 12-0 victory Saturday at the Little League World Series.
Steed walked and scored in a three-run third inning before getting an RBI double and coming home on Biagio Paoletta’s own two-base hit in a six-run fourth. Connecticut moves on to play Monday while the kids from Kearney, Neb., were eliminated from title contention.
The crafty Kubel, a 13-year-old lefty, struck out six.
“Obviously, you get a little nervous looking at 10,000 people in the stands, but I just tried to focus and play my game,” Kubel said.
PARSIPPANY, N.J. 10, GRESHAM, ORE. 4
Leadoff hitter Emil Matti hit two solo homers and scored four runs to lead Parsippany, N.J., to victory.
Matti, 13-year-old shortstop hit both shots to center, including a blast to lead off the game that caromed off the top of the brick wall beyond the fence 225 feet away.
WILLEMSTAD, CURACAO 14,
RAMSTEIN, GERMANY 2
Curacao sent 13 batters to the plate in an eight-run first inning in a victory that eliminated Ramstein Air Base, Germany, from contention.
Christopher Koeiman had the big blow for the winners from Willemstad with a three-run homer to center in the first. Rallison Bentura added a two-run single, while Arjun Huerta and Jurickson Fecunda also had RBI.
Curacao took advantage of four errors by the Europe region champions, comprised of children whose parents serve or work at the U.S. military installation in Germany.
Bentura finished with four RBI for Curacao in the game that ended after four innings because of the Little League’s 10-run rule.
Justin Wilson and Kyle Glenn each had RBI singles for Germany.
NUEVO LAREDO, MEXICO 12,
LUGAZI, UGANDA 0
The first team from Africa to advance to the World Series in the 66-year history of the tournament received a baseball lesson from Mexico’s mini-mashers from Nuevo Laredo.
Three pitchers combined on a perfect game and Jose Turrubiates homered and drove in three runs for Mexico, which avoided elimination. The sluggers have hit eight homers in two games at the World Series.