At Oak Grove Park H, Harrisburg RBI topped Miami Marlins RBI, 2-1, in a close match-up. Connor Anderson was 1-for-1 with a walk at the plate and scored the winning run to lead Harrisburg. On the mound, Steven McInturff earned the win after throwing two scoreless innings. Miami's Brandon Nayor went 2-for-3 on the day with a single and a double. He crossed the plate on a wild pitch in the second inning to score the team's only run.
At Oak Grove Park H, Chicago Cubs/Union League Boys & Girls Club RBI topped Arizona RBI, 10-7, in a time-shortened game. Chicago center fielder Jalen Davis broke the score wide open in the second inning with a two-out, three-run triple. He finished the day 2-4 with a run scored and a game-high four RBIs. Arizona starting pitcher/second baseman Dominic Ruelas started the game's scoring with a two-run double in the first inning. Arizona slugger Kona Quiggle went 1-2 this game, including his third home run of the tournament. He also scored two runs and walked twice. In 11 plate appearances, Quiggle has homered three times, walked six and struck out three times.
At Grapevine High School, Houston Astros RBI topped Puerto Rico RBI, 2-1, in a tight contest. Both team's starters went the distance in this pitcher's battle. Houston's Myles Campbell struck out eight batters, walking only two, and gave up one earned run in the bottom of the 7th inning. Puerto Rico's Rodney Matos surrendered only one earned run in the losing effort. Houston's Caleb Gilder put the game out of reach for Puerto Rico with a one-out solo home run in the top of the 5th inning.
All Senior Division teams have now completed tournament seeding play. The elimination playoff rounds begin Friday.
Tournament Play in the Baseball Junior Division also took place on Thursday morning in Grapevine, Texas.
At Oak Grove Park I, Houston Astros RBI defeated Detroit PAL RBI, 3-0, in a time-shortened game. Houston's Avery George held Detroit PAL scoreless for 5 1/3 innings, allowing only two hits to earn the win. Houston jumped out to an early lead in the bottom of the first inning, scoring two runs on five walks.
At Oak Grove Park, Prince George's County Boys & Girls Club RBI topped Boys and Girls Club of Pawtucket RBI, 10-6, in a time-shortened game. After being down 6-2 heading into the fifth inning, PG County rallied with eight runs in the final inning. Tim Hanible started PG County's offense with a single in the third inning. He stole a base, advanced on an error and scored on a balk to tally the team's first run. He led off the fifth inning with a double to spark PG County's rally. The outfielder finished the day 2-for-3 (single and double) with three runs and a RBI. Ian Clements contributed with a game-high two RBIs on two singles. Pawtucket's Wilson Echevarria was patient at the plate, especially when it counted - pushing home a run on both of his free passes.
At Oak Grove Park I, Bradenton RBI topped Dominican Republic North RBI, 7-6. Bradenton catcher Joshua Eslinger delivered a game-high three RBIs, including two on a double to center that broke a 4-4 tie in the top of the 7th inning. Eslinger finished with a 3-4 line (two doubles, one single) and one run scored. With his team down 4-3, DR first baseman Marcos Pujols delivered a game-tying home run with two outs in the bottom of the 6th inning.
At Colleyville High School, Arizona RBI tied Chicago White Sox RBI, 4-4. Arizona center field Daniel Cervantes knocked in the game-tying runs with a two-out single in the top of the 6th inning. He also drove in another run in the 3rd inning on a bases-loaded walk, finishing with a game-high three RBIS. Arizona pitcher Jose Pacheco entered the game in the bottom of the 4th inning with his team down 4-1. He proceeded to not allow a single hit, and in fact, retired 12 of the 13 batters he faced (only surrendering a HBP), striking out five Chicago batters in the process. Chicago starting pitcher Justin Borges tossed four no-hit, scoreless innings and struck out four Arizona batters in the process. Unfortunately, he allowed eight walks along the way.
The Baseball Junior Division Tournament continued with four seeding games on Thursday evening.
At Colleyville High School, Chicago White Sox RBI defeated Boys & Girls Club of Pawtucket RBI by a score of 4-3. Chicago entered the top of the 7th inning down 3-1, and after a run scored on a wild pitch, left fielder Reggie Brock delivered a two-out, two-run double to give Chicago its first, and decisive, lead of the game. Pawtucket center fielder Angelo Cazzarro went 1-3, walked and stole two bases, including one of home.
At Grapevine High School, Dominican Republic North RBI defeated Houston Astros RBI by a score of 12-3 in a time-shortened game. Houston center fielder Bryson Jackson helped his team snag an early lead in the 3rd inning with a two-out, two-run double. Unfortunately, the Dominican Republic would regain the lead the very next half-inning for good. Houston's lead was short-lived as Dominican Republic's Marcos Pujols drove in Rafael Rodriguez for D.R.'s decisive run. The tandem, however, were not done - Pujols drove in three runs, which was only topped by Rodriguez's four runs. Rodriguez finished with a line of 3-4 (two doubles, one single) and three runs scored.
At Oak Grove Park H, Detroit PAL RBI topped Bradenton RBI by a score of 8-5. Trenton Newby stole home for the go-ahead run in the fifth inning. The second baseman went 2-for-2 with a walk, a run and an RBI. Gabriel Sotres contributed at the plate, going 2-for-4 with two runs and two RBI. Bradenton's Charlie Davidson was a home run shy of the cycle as he notched a single, double and a triple in a losing effort. The center fielder went 3-for-4 with two RBIs and a run scored.
At Colleyville High School, Arizona RBI topped Prince George's County Boys & Girls Club RBI by a score of 8-1. Not much offense from Arizona was needed tonight, thanks to their two pitchers. Starter Alonso Rubio Lopez earned the win, allowing just one run (in the 1st inning) over four innings with three strikeouts and four hits. Jesus Macias pitched three scoreless for Arizona, striking out four batters and allowing only one run. After a PGBGC base hit with two outs in the 2nd inning, Lopez and Macias combined to pitch 5 1/3 hitless innings and retire 16 of 18 batters they faced. At the plate, Matthew Armendariz and Jose Pacheco helped turn the tide after an early PGBGC lead. Down 1-0 in the 2nd inning, Armendariz drove in two runners (including Pacheco) with a double - Arizona would never look back. Armendariz ended the night with two doubles, a run scored and a game-high three RBIs. Pacheco was 3-for-4 with two runs and an RBI.