The United States participants in the 2017 Little League World Series, which opens Thursday in Williamsport, Pa., are set after Saturday's six Regional Championship games. With North Carolina (Southeast Region) and Texas-East (Southwest Region) advancing earlier in the week, here's a rundown of all the action that led to celebrations
The United States participants in the 2017 Little League World Series, which opens Thursday in Williamsport, Pa., are set after Saturday's six Regional Championship games. With North Carolina (Southeast Region) and Texas-East (Southwest Region) advancing earlier in the week, here's a rundown of all the action that led to celebrations for the six teams that joined them on Saturday.
New England Regional Championship (Bristol, Conn.): Connecticut 10, Maine 0
Michael Iannazzo doubled twice and drove in four, while Ethan Righter and Tyler Bauer combined for 11 strikeouts and one walk to lift Connecticut-Fairfield over Maine-South Portland American and into the Little League World Series.
Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship (Bristol, Conn.): New Jersey 8, Maryland 3
New Jersey-Holbrook jumped out to a quick 7-0 lead over the first two innings and held on to defeat Maryland-Thurmont. Chris Cartnick and Tai Mann each homered. Mann also started and went 3 2/3 innings, giving up three runs on three hits. Chris Andrews came on in relief and shut the door on Maryland over the final 2 1/3 innings.
Great Lakes Regional Championship (Westfield, Ind.): Michigan 6, Illinois 3.
Jordan Arsenau led the offense for Michigan-Grosse Pointe Woods-Shores, drilling a two-run homer in a five-run fifth inning to beat Illinois-Hinsdale. Joseph Wisniewski added two hits and two RBIs for Michigan. Will Pflaum gave Michigan four strong innings in relief, giving up one unearned run on two hits, walking three and striking out four.
Midwest Regional Championship (Westfield, Ind.): South Dakota 6, Missouri 0
Starter Marcus Phillips was masterful over 5 1/3 innings for South Dakota, and was backed with plenty of offense, particularly from Bennett Dannenbring and Jack Radel, who each drove in a pair of runs. Phillips gave up just one hit, while walking two and striking out eight in the victory.
Northwest Regional Championship (San Bernardino, Calif.): Washington 4, Oregon 3
Washington scored four times in the third inning, and held off a late rally by Oregon to punch its ticket to Williamsport. Andrew Hall was 3-for-3 with a double and a run scored, while Caiden Thomsen and Carson Jones combined to allow just two earned runs on the mound. Thomsen started and struck out eight over 3 1/3 innings. With the tying run at second in the bottom of the sixth, Jones struck out Noah McIlmoil to clinch the regional title.
West Regional Championship (San Bernardino, Calif.): Southern California 11, Utah 7
Southern California emerged the winner in a slugfest that featured a combined seven home runs. Drew Rutter hit two, and Joey Gray and Bobby Gray each added a homer for the West Region champs. Parker Andrus, Cole Decastro and Mason Kesterson went deep for Utah.
Manny Randhawa is a reporter for MLB.com based in Denver. Follow him on Twitter at @MannyOnMLB.