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Pearland (TX) defeats Connecticut in LLWS

Posted by Joshua Kummins on August 23, 2010

by Tom Fox, Pearland Chronicle

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — This time, there would be no late-inning comeback. Pearland’s offense made sure of that.

The boys were firing all on cylinders as every starter got on base once, and had six hits go for extra bases as Pearland White Little League opened up a 12-0 lead and cruised past New England champ Connecticut, 14-1, in four innings Sunday night at Lamade Stadium.

Pearland has the day off Monday, and will face the winner of the Connecticut-Washington game on Tuesday. That team would need to beat the Southwest champ twice to move into Saturday’s American final.

In the locals’ first game in South Williamsport, Pearland jumped out to an 8-0 lead over Minnesota Friday, only to watch the Midwest champs rally in the sixth before Texas hung on, 10-8.

“They came out to hit, so we are pretty pleased with that,” Pearland manager Mike Orlando said. “Everyone says that hitting is contagious, and it really is with this team.”

After scoring 10 runs on Saturday in a win over Minnesota, Pearland continued their hot-hitting streak.

Texas picked up a total of 13 hits with Beau Orlando, Blake Toler, Jake Orlando and Pryce Beshoory each putting two in play.

Mason Van Noort recorded his second victory of the series, throwing two innings of two-hit ball with four strikeouts. Because he didn’t cross over the 35-pitch mark, he’s again eligible to start Tuesday’s game.

The hottest stick in the LLWS belongs to Pearland catcher Jake Orlando, who was 2-for-2 with a double, single and walk. He has reached base in all seven of his plate appearances.

“It’s pretty cool to see that, “Jake Orlando said. “I just want to help my team out and help us win ballgames.”

In fact, Pearland didnt waste any time. Beau Orlando jumped on the second pitch he saw, crushing it over the center-field fence.

“I like being first,” Beau Orlando said. “I’ve heard from my teammates that it does relax them and calm everyone down when I start off with a hit. I just want to be a leader out there, and do whatever it takes to help out the team.”

It was a sign of things to come.

Pearland busted it wide open in the second, scoring seven runs thanks to a two-run double by Jorge Gutierrez, and RBI hits from Beau Orlando, Hunter Smith and Beshoory.

Pearland forced the game into the mercy-rule one frame later, scoring runs on Van Noorts single to center, Caleb Maleys double back up the middle, and a wild pitch.

“We hit the ball hard. That’s all you can ask for,” Mike Orlando said. “If it doesn’t go into someone’s glove, we are going to score some runs. Right now, were just going to keep working on our weaknesses and get better.”

Connecticut, represented by Fairfield American Little League, is starting to run into some pitching issues. The team didn’t have the services of ace Nick Nardone, who threw his 85-pitch limit on Friday, and the rest of Chris Daleys rotation couldnt hold Pearlands high-octane offense in check.

Pearland chased starter Eddie Magi after just 1 1-3 innings, and hammered around Fairfields relief pitchers for eight runs on 10 hits six of those earned.

Manager Mike Orlando, for the second straight game, had the luxury of managing his pitching rotation. He kept Van Noort, Jaron Roblyer and Beau Orlando all under the regulations to have them eligible Tuesday

Tom Ryan, Connor Daley and Nardone each had doubles for Fairfield, which plays Auburn, Wash. monday. In the first game of the Little League World Series, Jack Quinn had the game-winning two-run double late to snap a 1-all tie and defeat Auburn, 3-1.

“We’ve seen them once before, and I think we have some confidence because we were able to beat them,” Chris Daley said. “It’s going to be an exciting game, and well be ready.”

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