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Jul, 2019

Day one recap at the Mustang-9 World Series

Competition on day one at the sixth annual Mustang-9 World Series from Walnut, California was lopsided as all four games were decided by 10-run rule in four innings, as Mexico Zone Champion Guasave, Sinaloa and three West Zone squads from California all won convincingly. Read the complete breakdowns of each game below.

GM #1: Guasave, Mexico 13  Manila, Philippines 2 (F/4)

The battle of the two international teams took place on day one of the 2019 Mustang-9 World Series as Mexico Zone Champion Guasave, Sinaloa was the victor over Asia-Pacific Zone Champion Manila, Philippines in game one 13-2 in four innings.

Guasave jumped out to a large, early lead with three singles from their first three batters. Sergio Flores opened up the scoring with a two-run single to center field. Following two walks, William Carrasco added another run on an RBI single of his own, increasing Mexico’s lead to 3-0. Antonio Valenzuela continued the run of RBI singles before Brayan Armenta scored on a wild pitch. With a 5-0 lead, Leonel Villa doubled to left field and brought in two runs. Flores added his second RBI of the inning with a single to left field, increasing Mexico’s lead to 8-0.

Manila wasn’t going anywhere, however, as a misplayed pickoff attempt allowed Jose Madrid to score from second base in the bottom of the first inning.

Mexico added to its lead in the second inning, scoring once on an error and again on Villa’s single to center field. With a 10-1 lead, pitcher Bruno Castro struck out three in a row, giving him four strikeouts in his two-inning appearance.The Philippines added their final run in the bottom of the third inning on Madrid’s single to shortstop before Mexico closed out the game in the fourth inning.

Before all was said and done, however, Guasave added another three runs in the top of the fourth inning. Jesus Obeso opened the scoring with a single to left field. After a dropped third strike, Villa earned an RBI on a ground out to shortstop. Diego Rivera earned an RBI on a ground out to second.

Sergio Flores and Leonel Villa led the way on offense for Mexico with three hits a piece. Villa finished with four strikeouts for Mexico while Zechariah Casillano had three in his appearance on the mound.

With the result, Guasave moves to 1-0 in the tournament and will face West Zone Finalist Long Beach, California tonight at 7:30 p.m. PST/US. Manila, Philippines drops to 0-1 and will face host Walnut, California in an elimination game at 5 p.m.

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GM #2: Torrance, California 19  Wilmington (Winter Park), North Carolina 0 (F/4)

West Zone Super Region Champion Torrance, California jumped out to an early lead against East Zone Champion Wilmington, North Carolina and never looked back, posting a 19-0 shutout in their first game of the 2019 Mustang-9 World Series.

After a single from Blake Ely, Shota Nakamura singled to center field, bringing in Ely for the game’s first run. Kyler Jung’s line drive single to center field brought in another two runs. Hal Sakamoto followed that up with an RBI on a ground out to first base to give Torrance a 4-0 lead after the first inning.

Torrance’s offensive onslaught continued, as the Californians added nine more runs in the top of the second inning. An error, singles from Nakamura, Sakamoto, and Edrian Chao brought in the first six runs before Ely’s inside-the-park home run scored the final three runs. This outburst gave Torrance a 13-0 lead.

With the game well in hand, Torrance added one run in the top of the third inning and another five runs in the top of the fifth inning.

Ely led all batters, going 4-for-4 at the plate with three singles, a home run, and four RBIs. Nakamura led the way on the mound with three strikeouts.

Torrance moves to 1-0 in the tournament and will face West Zone Champion San Diego (Tecolote), California in the next round tonight at 7:30 p.m., while Wilmington falls to 0-1 and will battle South Zone Champion Deer Park, Texas for its tournament life at 5 p.m.

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GM #3: Long Beach, California 13  Walnut, California 2 (F/4)

West Zone Finalist Long Beach, California got its first win of the 2019 Mustang-9 World Series over host Walnut, California by a score of 13-2 in a game that was close until the final two innings.

Walnut jumped out to a quick lead in the first inning, when an error allowed Jeremiah Broadway to cross home plate for the game’s first run. Noah Avina followed that up with a double to center, bringing in Noah Pasaporte.

However, Long Beach quickly did away with that 2-0 deficit via Alan Montes’s single to left field, bringing in two runs and tying the game. This momentum carried into the second inning, as Long Beach was able to get three outs in succession before adding two more runs of their own in the bottom of the inning. Cameron Powell’s single with one out brought in the go-ahead run and a balk from the Walnut pitcher brought in the second.

The hosts answered back in the third inning, scoring on a fielder’s choice to shortstop and again on a double to right field from Elijah Luc, tying the game at four. Long Beach regained the momentum in the bottom of the third inning, taking the lead back on a passed ball and adding another on a line drive to left field to take a 6-4 lead. Robert Tuiagamoa’s double to right field brought in a seventh run, and Long Beach was able to add another run on an error.

Although Walnut was able to take advantage of a Long Beach error and score their fifth run, they didn’t have enough in the tank to beat Long Beach. Ivan Ortiz’s fourth inning double brought in run number nine. An error allowed two more runs to score before Montes singled to right field bringing in another two runs. Following a walk, a catcher’s interference was called, which allowed the runner at third to score before Antonio Hernandez sealed the 10-run victory with a single to center field.

Alan Montes led all batters with two hits and five RBIs for Long Beach. Noah Pasaporte had two strikeouts for the hosts, while Montes and Ivan Ortiz each had two for Long Beach.

Long Beach moves on to play Mexico Zone Champion Guasave in the next round tonight at 7:30 p.m. PST/US, while Walnut falls to 0-1 and will play Asia-Pacific Zone Champion Manila, Philippines in an elimination game at 5 p.m.

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GM #4: San Diego (Tecolote), California 17  Deer Park, Texas 1 (F/4)

West Zone Champion San Diego (Tecolote), California ran away with its first game of the 2019 Mustang-9 World Series, beating South Zone Champion Deer Park, Texas 17-1 in four innings.

The Californians opened the scoring in exciting fashion, as Cole Miller hit an inside-the-park home run on a line drive to deep right field. San Diego took advantage of an error later in the inning to increase their lead to 3-0. Immediately following that play, Matthew Prior drove in another run on a single to center field. A walk and another error would bring in two more San Diego runs before the inning was over. 

After a scoreless second inning, San Diego continued their offensive attack, bringing in another five runs on an error and singles from Owen Garcia, Miller, and Nicolas Derkash who brought in two.

Facing an 11-0 deficit, Deer Park looked to gain some sort of momentum at the plate. After a couple of walks, Trey Riddle grounded out to second base, allowing Cody Hickman to score.

The one run did not shake Tecolote, however, as it added another six runs in the top of the fourth inning. Derkash’s single to left field brought in two, Prior scored on the throw to first on a dropped third strike, and Derek Swartz and Steven Haskett each drove in one run with singles of their own to give San Diego the 17-1 lead that it would hold until the end of the game.

Derkash finished the game 2-for-3 at the plate with four RBIs. Garcia and Miller each also had two hits. Both Liam Grey and Miller had two strikeouts for San Diego, leading all pitchers in the game. Deer Park’s only hit came from Trey Riddle.

With the result, San Diego moves to 1-0 in the tournament, while Deer Park falls to 0-1. San Diego will play Torrance, California in the next round tonight at 7:30 p.m. PST/US and Deer Park will play Wilmington, North Carolina in an elimination game at 5 p.m.

View the stats here.


Watch all of the action live from Creekside Park in Walnut, beginning tonight at 5 p.m. PST/US, by clicking here. Follow the live gamecasts via GameChanger here. Keep up individual game recaps and additional content via the Mustang-9 World Series website and on social media.

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