Newark, Ohio 4, Sarasota, Fla. 3 (10 innings) Gonzales, La. 9, Kansas City, Kan. 4
BOYERTOWN, Pa. (AP) _ Jake Wright scored on an error in the bottom of the 10th inning Thursday to keep Newark, Ohio, alive with a 4-3 victory over Sarasota, Fla., in the losers bracket at the 66th American Legion World Series.
In the opening game of the losers-bracket doubleheader, Jason Williams led a 13-hit attack with three hits and Chris Schexnaydre pitched three-hit ball for seven innings as Gonzales, La., eliminated Kansas City, Kan., 9-4.
Newark, the Great Lakes regional champion, will play in a losers-bracket contest Friday against Gonzales, the Mid-South regional champion.
Newark’s winning rally began when Wright, who was pinch-hitting, drew a leadoff walk from losing pitcher Jorge Cruz. Chris O’Dell, who had two hits and an RBI, followed with a sacrifice bunt.
Steve Goodhart, who pitched an inning of scoreless relief to get the win, then hit a bouncer to the shortstop, who bobbled it and threw wildly past first. Wright rounded third and beat the throw home for the winning run.
Brandt Mathers had two hits for Sarasota (39-10), the Southeast regional champion.
In the opener, Gonzales went ahead 4-3 when the pitcher balked, forcing in a run in the fourth inning. Gonzales put the game away with a four-run rally in the seventh to make it 9-3.
Brady Babbon and David Gautreau added two hits apiece for Gonzales. One of Gautreau’s two hits was an RBI double in the four-run seventh. Schexnaydre kept his record perfect at 13-0, striking out seven and walking three.
Greg Beashore took the loss for Kansas City, the Central Plains regional champion.