A full slate of games across the country Tuesday will start to bring the 2017 Little League World Series picture into focus.
The Southeast and Southwest regions will have their championship games set after today’s results. The six remaining regions are still in the early stages of their respective brackets after starting play Sunday, with today marking the last chance for several teams in the double-elimination format.
Here are the results from each of Tuesday’s regional matchups as they go final.
Tuesday Results (all times Eastern)
Great Lakes: Kentucky (Lexington Eastern) def. Wisconsin (Wausau National), 10-5
Mid-Atlantic: Maryland (Thurmont) def. Washington D.C. (Northwest Washington), 7-2
Northwest: Montana def. Wyoming, 6-1
Midwest: Iowa (Johnston) def. Minnesota (Coon Rapids Andover American), 2-0
New England: Vermont (Essex Junction) def. Massachusetts (Holden), 7-5
West: Northern California def. Arizona, 5-2
Southeast: Georgia (Peachtree City) def. Tennessee (Goodlettsville), 4-1
Midwest: Nebraska (Kearney) def. Kansas (Cherokee Community), 6-5
Mid-Atlantic: Delaware (Milton) def. New York (Plainview), 7-4
Great Lakes: Michigan (Grosse Pointe Woods) def. Indiana (New Albany), 4-3
New England: Maine (South Portland) def. Rhode Island (Cumberland American), 3-2
West: Nevada vs. Utah, 7:30 p.m.
Southwest: Louisana vs. Texas West, 8 p.m.
Northwest: Alaska vs. Idaho, 10 p.m.
Michigan def. Indiana, 4-3
Trailing 3-1 with six outs remaining, Michigan put up three runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to knock off Indiana by a 4-3 final score.
Michigan’s comeback happened in the span of two pitches. Joey Randazzo tied the game at three with a two-run homer off Indiana pitcher Gavin Hamilton. Matthew Greene went back-to-back with his teammate for the go-ahead run.
Randazzo was the offensive star in Michigan’s win with two home runs.
Michigan starting pitcher Jack Jones caused all sorts of problems for Indiana hitters. He scattered six hits and gave up three runs in five innings, though he also struck out 11 batters. Greene closed out the game with a perfect sixth inning.
Maine def. Rhode Island, 3-2
After a shaky start, Maine settled in to earn a 3-2 victory over Rhode Island to keep its hopes alive in the New England Regional.
Rhode Island opened the scoring in the top of the first inning on Jack LaRose’s two-run double. That would be all the offense for the lineup on this night, as Maine’s pitching staff only gave up two hits over the final five innings.
Maine would even things at two in the bottom of the third on Johnny Poole’s RBI double and Nolan Hobbs’ RBI single. The score would stay that way until the bottom of the fifth when Rhode Island reliever George Sukatos threw a wild pitch that allowed Hobbs to score the go-ahead run with two outs.
Aiden Lee would shut down Rhode Island with a 1-2-3 sixth inning to give Maine the win.
Nebraska def. Kansas, 6-5
Nebraska spoiled Kansas’ comeback effort with a 6-5 victory to secure a spot in the Midwest Regional semifinal game on Thursday.
Trailing 5-3 heading into the sixth, Kansas was able to tie things up in the top half of the inning when Cade Burdette led off with a walk and scored on Cooper Hamblin’s home run. Nebraska reliever Scout Simmons settled down after that, recording all three outs in the inning via strike out.
Burdette, who was Kansas’ starting pitcher, began the bottom of the sixth inning with a strikeout of Ty Redinger. Easton Renn came on in relief due to pitch count limits. He walked the first batter he faced, Luke Wegner, who took second on a wild pitch and scored the winning run on an error when Burdette was unable to handle a grounder at shortstop.
Each of Nebraska’s three games in the regional have been decided by two runs or less. It will play Iowa on Thursday.
Delaware def. New York, 7-4
Coming off a hard-fought loss against Pennsylvania on Sunday, Delaware got back on track with a strong all-around effort in a 7-4 win over New York.
New York did put a scare into Delaware, pushing across four runs in the bottom of the third inning after trailing 3-0. Delaware went to the bullpen after falling behind, bringing in Luke Crouch, who tossed 1.2 scoreless innings and striking out three.
Kye Wells and Owen Daminger were the offensive heroes for Delaware. Wells went a perfect 3-for-3 with a solo homer that put Delaware back on top 5-4 in the top of the fourth. Daminger got the game’s scoring started with a two-run blast in the top of the second.
Despite scoring four runs, New York didn’t have one extra-base hit against Delaware pitching. Steven Kurre was the only player in the lineup with more than one hit in the loss.
The loss ends New York’s tournament run after just two games. It lost to New Jersey, 9-0, Monday.
Georgia def. Tennessee, 4-1
Georgia continued its hot streak in the Southeast Regional with a 4-1 win over Tennessee to secure a spot in the championship game against North Carolina on Wednesday.
Georgia took the lead in the top of the second inning when Jayce Blalock scored on a passed ball by Tennessee pitcher Trevor Marcin. After a scoreless third inning, Georgia broke things open in the fourth on P.J. Green’s RBI single that scored two runs and later scored on a passed ball.
Garrett Arrington was able to work around seven hits allowed in 4.1 innings. He gave up just one run and struck out five with one walk. Trey King closed things out with 1.2 perfect innings of relief.
Despite the loss, Tennessee reliever Andrew McWilliams was tremendous with seven strikeouts and no hits allowed in three innings.
Georgia’s win was also revenge for a 12-3 defeat against Tennessee on Saturday. It played its last three games facing elimination, winning each of them by a combined score of 32-14.
Northern California def. Arizona, 5-2
After being held to just two runs in its opening game 24 hours ago, Northern California’s bats broke out with 11 hits in a 5-2 victory against Arizona.
Northern California wasted no time hitting the gas. Austin Spears hit an RBI single after Aidan Camberg doubled with one out in the first inning. The top three hitters in Northern California’s lineup did most of the damage by going a combined 7-of-12 with one double, two homers, five RBI and four runs.
With the offense taken care of, Northern California’s pitching settled in nicely. Andrew Zheng started the game, going three innings with four strikeouts and just three hits allowed. Camberg, Peter Jensen and Josh Van Loon gave up four hits over the last three innings.
In defeat, Brody Sexton recorded Arizona’s only extra-base hit of the game with a solo home run in the bottom of the sixth. Arizona scored just three runs in two games, leading to an early exit from the West Regional.
Vermont def. Massachusetts, 7-5
Coming off a difficult loss on Sunday, Vermont was able to bounce back with another strong offensive showing in a 7-5 victory over Massachusetts.
Vermont held a 7-0 lead heading into the bottom of the third inning. It got on the board in the top of the second with three straight walks, followed by consecutive RBI singles by Ben Deibler and Eli Bostwick. Andrew Goodrich got an RBI on a fielder’s choice.
Tanner McFaul drove in two runs in the third inning with a two-run double.
Massachusetts did fight its way back into the game with two runs in the third inning and three more in the fourth. Dennis Jardine had the big blow for Massachusetts with a three-run homer in the fourth inning.
After Jardine’s homer, Bostwick relieved Goodrich and threw 2.2 perfect innings with three strikeouts to secure the win for Vermont.
Iowa def. Minnesota, 2-0
In an excellent pitching showdown, Iowa wound up getting the best of Minnesota with a 2-0 win thanks to two runs in the sixth inning.
With no score after five innings, Iowa finally put enough offense together to avoid elimination in the Midwest Regional. Leadoff hitter Mengesha Hennes started the top of the sixth inning with a triple. After Spencer Timmerman was hit by a pitch and Pierce Anderson struck out, Gage Mollendor drove in the first run with an RBI single.
Cale Moss followed Mollendor’s at-bat with a sacrifice fly to give Iowa an insurance run. Hennes and Mollendor held their own on the mound with just three hits, one walk and nine strikeouts to keep Minnesota’s bats at bay.
In defeat, Minnesota starting pitcher Eli Nyhammer was terrific with nine strikeouts, one hit and walks in five innings.
Montana def. Wyoming, 6-1
What started as a tense pitching duel turned into a 6-1 victory for Montana thanks to a five-run outburst in the bottom of the fifth inning.
Montana started the scoring in the bottom of the first on Kaden Sheridan’s RBI single. The score would remain 1-0 until the fifth inning when Adam Jones doubled in two runs and Sheridan followed with a two-run homer.
Jones and Sheridan did most of the heavy lifting for Montana’s offense. The duo combined to go 4-for-6 with three extra-base hits, five RBI and three runs scored.
Jones also shined on the mound as Montana’s starting pitcher with two shutout innings in which five of his six outs were recorded via strikeout. Cooper Elliott and Nick Beam followed his effort with four innings of one-run ball in which they allowed just four hits with six strikeouts.
Kentucky def. Wisconsin, 10-5
Tied at five heading into the final inning, Kentucky scored five runs in the top of the sixth to earn a 10-5 victory over Wisconsin.
Joey Howard had the big hit in that decisive sixth inning with a grand slam after Kentucky took a 6-5 lead on a wild pitch to the previous batter. Pitcher Leighton Harris closed out the game with two innings of one-hit baseball.
Prior to the sixth inning, Wisconsin pitcher Landon Parlier did an excellent job in relief. He allowed a total of five earned runs with two strikeouts in three innings. He also showed his offensive skills by going 3-for-4 with two doubles and one run scored.
Maryland def. Washington D.C., 7-2
Maryland’s offense broke out with six runs over the final two innings to earn a 7-2 win over Washington D.C.
This was an excellent—and needed—bounce-back effort for Maryland coming off Monday’s 10-5 loss against Pennsylvania. With the bats stymied for the first four innings, Maryland pitching was terrific with EJ Lowry and Joey McMannis combining to allow five hits with six strikeouts and two walks in five innings.
Pitching was a problem for Washington D.C. in the decisive fifth inning. After Andrew Catron loaded the bases, Miles Huh walked three straight hitters after taking over to put Maryland up 5-2.
McMannis delivered insurance for Maryland in the sixth inning with a two-run homer. Braden Manning closed out the game with a clean bottom of the sixth.