Miami (Fla.) Brawlers 10, Carolina (Puerto Rico) Bravos, 5
Miami opened the day with a come-from-behind victory over the team from Puerto Rico, getting a six-run fourth inning to finish off the scoring after falling behind, 5-4, in the early innings. The Brawlers were outhit, 9-7, but still came away with the win.
William S. Hart (Santa Clarita, Calif.) 11, Shreveport (La.) 1
In the other early game, William S. Hart scored early and often, putting up two runs in the first inning and seven in the second to kickstart a rout of Shreveport. The team from California outhit Shreveport 12-2 and overcame three errors in the field to post a comfortable victory.
DQ Crushers (Conway, Ark) 18, Middletown (N.J.) 8
The DQ Crushers lived up to their name on Thursday, scoring runs in the first five innings, including a six-spot in the third and five more in the fifth. And they did it without a home run, although first baseman Jack Stroth (3-for-4, two RBIs), outfielder Parker Gavazzi (2-for-2, four runs, three RBIs, two walks) and shortstop Tyler Cleveland (2-for-3, three RBIs) were among the many offensive stars for the Conway, Ark., team on Thursday.
Team Florida (Palm Harbor, Fla.) 5, Banditos Black (Houston) 3
A taut game that the team from Team Florida led, 2-1, in the early innings, was broken open with a three-run fifth inning, and though the Banditos Black rallied with two in the top of the sixth, it wasn't enough. Team Florida center fielder and reliever Jordan Lala went 2-for-3 with an RBI and then saved the game for winning pitcher Gunnar Hoglund, who also had two hits and scored a run.