BANGOR, Maine — Iokepa Supnet and Bobby Drayer each drove in two runs to propel U.S. West by U.S. Southeast 7-4 in Senior League World Series action Monday at Mansfield Stadium.
U.S. West champ Central East Maui Little League of Wailuke, Hawaii, will next take on Maine District 3 champ Bronco-Hermon at 8 p.m. Tuesday.
U.S. West responded with a three-run first inning after Southeast plated a run in the top of the inning. Supnet led off with a double to center and scored after two infield errors. An RBI single by Logan Cabrera and Drayer’s sacrifice fly accounted for the other two runs.
U.S. West added single runs in each of the next four innings to pull away for the victory.
Waylon Bacos contributed a double and single for U.S. West while Haoa Jamesky and Anthony Tuonetoa each drove in a run.
Cabrera was credited with the win after starting the game and going 3⅓ innings. He gave up five hits, two runs and two walks.
Tristan Thorgersen sparked U.S. Southeast with three singles and two RBIs. Daniel Hupart and Anthony Stehlin each added two hits while Devin Logsdon drove in a run.
In other action, U.S. Central champ Clear Ridge LL of Chicago defeated the Asia-Pacific winner, the Southern Mariners of Melbourne, Australia, 13-8 while Canada titlist Kiwanis National LL of Regina, Saskatchewan, blanked Europe-Africa champ Cataluna LL of Barcelona, Spain, 1-0.
In the day’s first game, Asia-Pacific took a 7-2 lead with a six-run fourth inning but U.S. Central responded with three runs in its half of the inning and six more in the fifth en route to the win.
Paolo Zavala started U.S. Central’s fifth-inning rally with a line-drive single to left, advanced to third on Noah Miller’s double and scored on Mike Rios’ infield single.
Miller stole home to score U.S. Central’s second run and Gage Olszak’s single to left drove in two more runs. Zavala capped the rally he started by lacing a single to left, plating two runs.
Zach Verta finished with a double, single and two RBIs for U.S. Central while Joe Trezek, Zavala, Miller and Rios each had two hits.
Josh Meyer sparked the Asia-Pacific offense with three hits while Jack Dunn and Jayson Arthur each added two.
In the third game, Canada’s Jayden Lorenz allowed just two hits and three walks while striking out nine in 6⅔ innings to earn the win. Lorenz left when reaching the 95 pitch-count limit and Jared Guderelt came on to strike out the last batter.
Canada scored the only run it would need in the top of the first inning when Cole Erick led off with an infield single, stole two bases and then scored on Brian So’s line-drive single to left.