By: Matt Rothman
North Springs, representing the Southeast in the Senior League baseball World Series in Easley, S.C., defeated the West to capture a national championship on Friday with a 12-2 route in a game that ended after five innings due to the run-rule.
“For the first four innings, their pitcher was dealing,” said Coach Dustin Bryan to Senior Little League Baseball World Series Facebook page. “He definitely had us off guard, overwhelming some of our guys, but we stuck to our approach. (We) saw better at bats our second time around even if they weren’t getting hits. They were working the count, getting his pitch count up. We know every time we go out we’re going to see everyone’s best. It’s a matter of getting to their number two; their number three and that’s what these guys did. They fought and saw the result.”
For Southeast, Charles Kean pitched a complete game allowing two runs (one earned) while striking out three to pick up the win.
Despite the West scoring one in the first and another in the second to take a 2-0 lead, two run scoring errors and an RBI groundout in the fourth gave Southeast a 3-2 lead.
In the fifth, Zack Beekmann knocked in the two runs with an RBI single to add to Southeast’s lead. They would go on to score four five more runs before Colin Flynn ended the game with a three run double which forced the mercy rule to come into play.
World Series Championship
On Saturday, Southeast was back at it in the international final against Latin America, but they were unable to comeback from a 5-1 deficit to suffer the hard-fought loss.
Southeast took a 1-0 lead on an RBI groundout by Corbin Tsistanas and forced Latin America’s starter Jean Mar Sanchez to be removed after just two-thirds of an inning.
Devin Makovsky was on the mound for Southeast, but despite a scoreless first, Latin America scored two runs in the second on an RBI single and RBI double.
In the fourth, Latin America added three more to take a 5-1 lead. However, Coby Mayo got one of those runs right back with an RBI single to close the gap to three. Two batters later, Trevor Kole also singled home a run to score Southeast’s third run.
The score would remain the same until the seventh with Southeast down to their final three outs. With Azarel Salado nearing his pitch count of 95, Andrew Jenner homered to right to get another one back as Southeast trailed 5-4.
With one out, Mayo grounded out to shortstop and after appearing to be safe at first, he did not get the call and there were two outs. After Tsistanas reached on an error, Southeast brought the go-ahead run to the plate, but Amable Ledezma got the final out on a pop up to end the game.
North Springs Little League was founded in 1995 and their home field is North Community Park in Coral Springs.
Matt Rothman, is a senior Journalism major at Florida Gulf Coast University. Originally from Long Island, he moved to Parkland shortly after high school. Matt currently is the assistant sports editor for his school paper, eaglenews.com and covers men’s and women’s basketball, soccer, tennis, baseball, and softball. His goal is to travel to every Major League Baseball stadium, and has been to multiple US Open finals. He hopes to one day to be a beat writer for a professional team.