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Aug, 2017

Colt World Series day five recap

Semifinal Game #15: Upland, California 8 Bay County, Michigan 5

West Zone Champion Upland, California overtook North Zone Champion Bay County, Michigan late in the game, scoring two runs in the sixth and two runs in the seventh, while holding defensively, to win its semifinal Game #15 Tuesday night 8-5 to advance to the Colt World Series championship game.

Upland started off the game by scoring a run, when Michael Santana scored on an error by Bay County's shortstop. But Bay County responded quickly in the bottom of the first, as Garrett Glysz led off the inning with an infield single. Carson Kwapiszewski and John Dorman both followed with singles and Glysz scored, tying the game at one. Cooper Kauffold drew a walk and Mason Fetter-Schumacher doubled, scoring two runners. Kauffold later scored on a wild pitch and Bay County headed to the second leading 4-1.

After a quiet second inning, Upland found more offense in the top of the third, as Christian Serna was hit by a pitch and Joshua Sosa reached on a bunt single. Robert Lopez Jr. doubled to left, bringing home both Serna and Sosa and closing the gap to 4-3. Upland kept up the offensive attack in the fourth, as Alfred Castaneda doubled to center and later scored on a sacrifice fly from Juan Garza, tying the game at four all.

Bay County retaliated in the bottom of the fifth, as Mason Fetter-Schumacher continued his good day at the plate with a one-out double to left. He advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored when Branden Brown singled on a grounder through the right side of the infield, giving Bay County a 5-4 lead.

The turn of the tide came in the top of the sixth, when Upland's Alfred Castaneda smacked a one-out single to right, and advanced to third after Juan Garza doubled to left. Santana drove a single to right and both Castaneda and Garza scored, putting Upland back in the lead by the score of 6-5. The West Zone Champions added to their lead in the top of the seventh, when Sosa drew a lead off walk and Emilio Mata doubled to left, putting runners at second and third with no outs. Neo Santana then singled to through the left side, scoring both Sosa and Mata, extending the California lead to 8-5.

Sosa took the hill in the bottom of the seventh with just three outs standing between Upland and the Colt World Series championship game. He proved he was up to the task and sent the North Zone Champions down one-two-three to give his team an 8-5 victory and a shot at Upland's potential first Colt World Series title.

Upland's reliever Colby Manning pitched well in a big spot, after starter Emilio Mata was switched out for when he gave up four runs, without getting an out, in the first. He went 4.1 innings on the mound, allowing one earned run on four hits and two walks, while striking out four. His reliever Sosa also got the job done, going 2.2 innings, allowing no runs on two hits and a walk, while striking out two. On the other side for Bay County, Dorman tossed four innings, allowing three earned on five hits and two walks.

At the plate, Mata and Castaneda paced Upland with two hits, while both Santanas and Lopez led the team with two RBI apiece. For Bay County, Glysz and Kwapiszewski both went 3-for-4 for eight combined total bases. Fetter-Schumacher held the RBI advantage with two.

After the win, undefeated Upland, California awaited the winner of Game #16 between Seoul, Korea and Netherlands to see who it would play in Wednesday's championship game, while the loss eliminated Bay County.

STATS (Upland-Bay County): LINK

Semifinal Game #16: Netherlands 10 Seoul, Korea 6

European Zone Champion the Netherlands used a seven-run top of the fifth inning to propel the team to victory 10-6 over Asia-Pacific Zone Champion Seoul, Korea in a semifinal Game #16 Tuesday night. With the win, Netherlands, who is making its first Colt World Series appearance in history, advanced to the title matchup to face Upland, California Wednesday night.

Two errors in the bottom of the third inning led to a run scored by Seoul, as Netherlands starting pitcher Sem Robberse's pick off attempt was wide, allowing Seoul's Kim Tae Ho to advance to third. Continuing the play, first baseman Darryl Collins' throw from right field was wide to the third baseman. When the ball skipped to the left field fence, it allowed Ho to score the game's first run.

Besides that play, Robberse was solid through the game's first four innings, as he allowed just two walks and a hit. For Seoul, the duo of Lee Gyu Min and Lee Yoon Ki were also great through four. Min went the first three and didn't allow a run on a hit, while striking out three. Despite a walk, Ki retired the three other batters he faced.

The Netherlands took the game's momentum in the top of the fifth, when the team scored seven runs to take a commanding lead. Nolan Beugeling led off with a single to left. Leanardon Anasagasti reached on a bunt single and both runners moved up a base on a passed ball. Shuruengelo Mingeli hit a grounder to third, but Kim Han Byul couldn’t handle it, and Beugeling scored, tying the game at one.

Jeandro Tromp drew a walk to load the bases, then Denzel Bryson walked, bringing home a run. Tyler Boersma followed with a single to center, scoring Anasagasti and extending the lead to 3-1. Darryl Collins then singled to right, which scored Tromp. Ruendrick Piternella hit a sacrifice fly, scoring Bryson, and Beugeling followed with a single that snuck under the center fielder’s glove, which scored two and stretched the lead to 7-1 when the inning was all said and done.

Seoul could not capitalize with the bases loaded and one out in the bottom of the fifth to try and cut the deficit.

The European Zone Champions added to their lead in the top of the seventh, as Tyler Boersma got things started with a one-out infield single and Thomas Kwakernaak followed with a single, this time to left. Both runners moved up a base on a passed ball and both came home on Ruendrick Piternella’s triple to deep right (9-1). Piternella came home on a balk, as the lead stretched to 10-1 heading to the bottom of the seventh.

The Asia-Pacific Zone Champions weren't ready to concede defeat and looked to pull off another comeback, like it had done twice earlier in the tournament. Na Seung Yeup started the inning with a triple to deep center. Jeon Jin Woo was then hit by a pitch and Kim Tae Ho hit a grounder that was bobbled by Boersma at second, scoring Yeup and making the score 10-2. No Jee Woong doubled to left, scoring Woo and Ho, cutting the lead to 10-4. Woo came home when Max Kops dropped a fly ball in shallow right, and Yun Jae Yeong scored when Shim Jae Young singled to right, which narrowed the deficit to 10-6 and put the game-tying run in the on-deck circle. However, Na Seung Yeup grounded out to first and the Netherlands escaped with a 10-6 win.

Ruendrick Piternella was the star for the Netherlands, as he led the team with three RBI’s. Boersma, Beugeling and Anasagasti all recorded two hits for the European Zone Champions. 

With the win, Netherlands advances to the championship game and will play Upland, California Tuesday at 7 p.m. ET/US, while the loss eliminatd Seoul. Woong led Korea at the plate, going 1-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored.

STATS (Netherlands-Seoul): LINK

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