Senior League Baseball World Series News
Pearl City edges Martinez-Evans 1-0
One-hit until the 7th, U.S. West champ’s offense awakes late
Brandon Henderson hit a bases-loaded single over the outfielders’ heads with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning Sunday night to give U.S. West champ Pearl City L.L., Pearl City, Hawaii, a 1-0 win over U.S. Southeast champ Martinez-Evans L.L., Martinez, Ga.
Although you wouldn’t know it from the 1-0 score, it was just as good as a comeback win for Pearl City. That’s because until Matthew Tsutomi doubled to lead off the inning, Pearl City had managed only one hit against Martinez-Evans pitching, thanks in large part to Martinez-Evans starting pitcher Evan Krenz. Krenz allowed only one hit in 5.1 innings of work, walking only one and striking out four. He threw 45 of his 62 pitches for strikes (72.6 percent).
Henderson scored the first hit for Pearl City when he singled on a line drive to left field in the third inning.
Krenz retired the next nine batters before walking Au on a 3-2 pitch with one out in the sixth inning.
Pearl City starting pitcher Trestan Nakamura was almost every bit as good, surrendering six hits in six innings. He walked only one and struck out only one behind mostly outstanding defense that occasionally couldn’t get a handle on the ball. Pearl City committed three errors.
Martinez-Evans threatened early, with Elliott Melton singling to shortstop on the third pitch of the game. The left-handed Nakamura, however, picked Melton off with Krenz batting. Krenz singled. Wilfredo Colon-Rios then followed with a grounder that Pearl City second baseman Colby Hirano couldn’t handle, putting runners at first and second. A walk to Jose Nogueras loaded the bases.
A fielder’s choice grounder back to Nakamura saw Krenz forced out at home. Nakamura then got Kyle Cartledge to fly out to center to end the inning.
In the top of the seventh, Martinez-Evans tried to take advantage of an error by Nakamura and a fielder’s choice by Krenz. But Dane Kaneshiro relieved Nakamura and struck out the next three batters.
In the bottom of the inning, Tsutomi hit the first pitch of the inning from Tyler Avret – who had relieved Krenz after Krenz issued his only walk, with one out in the sixth – deep to left-center field. The hit energized the mostly subdued Pearl City dugout.
After Sanyo Lo followed with a strikeout, Avret hit Tyler Kushima with a 1-2 pitch, putting runners on first and second. Higg then chopped a weak grounder between the pitcher’s mound and third base. Avret couldn’t handle the ball after getting to it in plenty of time.
Chevy Sumile tried a safety squeeze bunt, but Avret was prepared, fielding the ball cleanly and tossing it to catcher Nogueras for the force out at home on Tsutomi. After taking a ball and a strike, Henderson then lifted his game-winning hit over the head of center fielder Luke Wiles.