North Saginaw Twp LL tops Saginaw Twp South LL with 12-2 victory at 2019 Little League World Series 11U district qualifying tournament

NSTLL (1-1) advances to take on Bay City Northwest LL (2-1) in the semi finals of this double elimination tournament on Thursday night...

Posted In: Sports, ,   By: Jason Marcoux

11th July, 2019     0

Bay City, MI:
North Saginaw Township Little League erased a 1-0 deficit midway through the opening frame, answering with 10-runs in the bottom of the inning en route to a 12-2 victory over Saginaw Township South Little League in an elimination game at the 2019 Little League World Series 11-under district qualifying (double elim) tournament at Bay City Southwest Little League in Bay City, MI tonight.
South jumped out to the early lead when center fielder Tyler Essex led off the game with a single and turned on the jets to steal second base before scoring on an RBI-single off the bat of third baseman Nathaniel Wenzell for a 1-0 STSLL lead midway through the first inning. 
North answered with a 10-run rally in the bottom half of the inning, which began when NSTLL center fielder Connor Inman singled, quickly stole second then scored on a pair of wild pitches to tie the game at 1-run apiece, while NSTLL pitcher Jack Thompson drove in catcher John Carlson with a big triple to right field for a 2-1 lead with just 1-out. 
Following a walk to North SS Derik Binder, Thompson continued the first inning rally, scoring on a sac fly RBI off the bat of NSTLL first baseman Charlie Groya for a 3-1 lead, while Binder managed to score after North third baseman Connor Greif reached on an error to make it a 4-1 game with 2-outs.
A pair of walks to NSTLL No. 8 and 9 hitters (Camden Douglas and Kaleb Michael) respectively would load the bases for North, as Inman drove in 2-more runs with another single in his second at bat of the first inning then scoring himself, before Thompson cleared the bases with a 3-RBI double to take a 10-1 lead and put the cap on a big first inning for NSTLL.
STSLL right-hand pitcher Collin Kiczenski started on the bump for South, giving up 3-earned runs on 3-hits and 3-walks through 2/3 of an inning, before being relieved by fellow RHP Dominic Bloedel, who went on to give up 4-earned runs on 8-hits and 1-walk throughout the final 4 1/3 innings.
South added a run in the top of the fourth when catcher Ed Morford reached on a 2-out single, moved to second on another single by Bloedel then scored when Logan Smith reached on an error to cut the NSTLL lead to 10-2 midway through four innings, however, North would go on to plate 2-more runs in the bottom of the fifth, activating the LLWS 10-run differential rule for the 12-2 victory. 
Thompson, a RHP who started on the mound for North, gave up 1-earned run on 2-hits and 1-walk, with 4-strikeouts through 2-innings, before being relieved by Groya (3-Ks), Binder (1-K), and Greif, who combined to allow just 2-hits with 4-strikeouts (1-inning each) through the final 3-innings.
The two remaining undefeated teams in this double elimination district qualifier- Swan Valley (1-0) and tourney host Bay City Southwest (2-0) will meet in the first semi-final right back here tomorrow at 5 pm, while NSTLL (1-1) advances to take on Bay City Northwest LL (2-1) in the other (elimination) semi-final (between two 1-loss teams) immediately following at 7 pm tomorrow night. 
Video highlights of STSLL 1st baseman Elijah Smith's 2 run Home Run and STSLL CF Tyler Essex' RBI single vs Bay City Southwest Tue:


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