The Miami Brawlers, the William S. Hart club from Santa Clarita, Calif., and the DQ Crushers of Conway, Ark., all won and all scored in double digits while doing so, highlighting the four-game slate on the first day of competition. Action will continue Friday, with the 10U championship set for Saturday.
Pool play for the 12U tournament is also set to begin Friday, with that championship scheduled for Sunday.
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.