Maryland state champion Upper Montgomery County came into Monday's round of American pool play with a chance to put a real stranglehold on the rest of the division, but the team from Mililani, Hawaii, the Pacific Southwest champ, had other ideas.
Mililani blitzed Maryland pitching for 12 hits and 14 runs en route to a 14-2, three and a half inning victory at Fenway Park. Maryland slipped to 2-1 and Hawaii evened its record at 1-1.
Following a scoreless first inning, the Hawaii club went to work in the bottom of the second, plating five runs on four hits. A bases loaded walk to Ryne Aniya plated the first run, while Matt Inaba drove in a pair with a single and Kyson Donahue added a RBI double.
Donahue had a much bigger swing in the next inning, blasting a grand slam over the center field wall as part of the nine-run outburst. Shea Yamaguchi, Inaba, Jarron Carter (2) and Ryne Oshiro also had RBI's in the inning.
Oshiro finished with three hits and three runs scored. Carter and Donahue each had two hits.
Donahue was also the story for Hawaii on the mound, pitching three hitless and scoreless innings to earn the win. A walk to the number nine hitter was the only blemish on his chart. Donahue had four strikeouts.
Maryland was able to break up the shutout and the no-hit bid in one swing in their final at bat. Jake Heskett, who homered twice in Maryland's 7-0 win Sunday night, added another over the 243-foot sign in center field.
The blast scored J.P. Walsh, who had drawn a one-out walk from reliever Brent Alamillo. Marcus Brown followed with a long drive off Fenway's "Green Monster," but his running replacement, Josh Netterville, ran into a game-ending double play on a fly ball to left field.
Brendan Collins was the losing pitcher, lasting an inning and two thirds. Collins gave up three hits and one walk and also hit two batters. Brooks Bengtson and Brady Pearre also pitched in the loss.
Coons leads Longview
Pacific Northwest champion Longview, Wash., (1-1) earned its first win in American pool play Monday night, besting Southwest champ, Little Rock, Ark., 8-5, at Cal Sr.'s Yard. Little Rock slipped to 0-3 with the loss.
Longview's Brett Coons pounded out three hits in as many at bats, driving in four runs and scoring three. Coons started early, hitting a laser over the left field wall for a three-run home run in the bottom of the first inning.
Little Rock battled back with a pair of runs in the second on a Grayson Troutman single, three Longview errors and a wild pitch.
Coons doubled in his fourth run in the third and then scored his team's fifth run on a wild pitch. The 5-2 lead didn't last long as Little Rock rallied for three runs in the fourth to tie the game at 5-5.
Troutman fueled the rally with a leadoff double and Blake Schluterman followed with a RBI ground rule double. Seth Van Dover drove in the final two runs with a sharp, two-out single.
Longview, however, also had an answer, scoring twice in the bottom half of the inning to regain the lead. Kaden Vanderwerf, who led off with a double, and was one of two players to score on Andrew Walling's two-out, two-run double.
Longview added its final run in the fifth, after Coons singled and later scored on a Hunter Reeves RBI groundout.
Coons was also the winning pitcher, though it took two stints. He started the game and went one inning before leaving with runners on and no one out in the second. Zach Brown threw two and two third innings in relief, before Coons came back to go another inning and a third, striking out three.
Walling closed out the game with a perfect inning of relief, striking out the side.
Noah Fowler pitched four innings in the loss for Little Rock.