2012 Little League Baseball World Series
Williamsport, Pennsylvania - August 18 - 28

Game 9: Caribbean 14 vs. Europe 2

Bats Come Alive for Caribbean; Europe Eliminated

Author: Lauren Gilbert

Source: South Williamsport, Pa.

Date/Time: Day, August 18, 12:00pm ET

The bats came alive for the Caribbean champions from Willemstad, Curacao on Saturday afternoon at Volunteer Stadium as they scored 14 runs in four innings to defeat the Europe champions from Ramstein, Germany, 14-2, to advance to the next round of the losers’ bracket of the Little League World Series.

The Caribbean wasted no time getting on the board as they used small ball and clutch hitting to score eight runs on seven hits in the top of the first. Christopher Koeiman hit a 3-run home run to set the tone for the game. Four German errors fueled the Caribbean confidence and allowed them to bat around the order.

“Being aggressive and swinging at good pitches was part of the game plan today,” said Caribbean manager Edmiro Chirino. “I told my players to put the Japan game behind them and focus on this game.”

The Caribbean did just that.

Things calmed down in the second inning though. However, the Caribbean scored five more runs off three hits in the top of the third and added another run in the fourth to warrant the 10-run mercy rule.

Germany did not go down without a fight though, and their bats came alive in the bottom of the third. Jerry VanSickle led off the inning with a walk and a base hit by Nico Decosta allowed Justin Wilson to come through with a clutch single to put the first run on the board. Kyle Glenn would follow with another RBI single to make the score 13-1. That would be the end of the scoring for Germany.

The Caribbean collected 12 hits while Germany managed just four.

The Caribbean will play in the second round of the losers’ bracket on Monday at 2 p.m. against the loser of the Canada/Latin America game. Germany is the first of four teams to be eliminated but will play in a consolation game on Monday at noon against the loser of the New England/Midwest game.

“We went through regionals with just two errors and we had six today,” said Europe manager Eric Vincent. “We haven’t seen them play like they can yet.”

While Europe has no chance to play for a title, Vincent wants his team to leave the Little League World Series with a win in their final game.

“We have one more game and really want to leave here with a win,” added Vincent. “These boys have a lot of heart and it’s been a great experience to be here.”