Michigan Little League Continues Assault on World Series Title

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Williamsport, PA — August 24, 2021

The youngsters from Taylor, Michigan went unbeaten in the Great Lakes Regional Tournament to advance to the Little League World Series. In four games they outscored their opponents 38-2.

Game 1

The same overpowering baseball continued in their first game at Williamsport, PA as they pounded Florida 8-0. Behind the pitching of Ethan Van Belle, allowing only four hits in four innings while striking out six, the Taylor Tots moved to the winner’s bracket in the double-elimination tournament.

Ethan Van Belle pitches for Michigan in the opening round of the 2021 Little League World Series / Photo Credit: Gene L. Puskar AP
1 2 3 4 5 6 R H E
FL 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 1
MI 3 0 0 0 5 X 8 12 0
Complete Box Score available below.

Game 2

After rolling through their last five games, the winner’s bracket matchup against Texas proved to be a test of wills. After a complete rainout on Sunday, both teams had to wait through a three-hour rain delay on Monday.

Texas put up two runs in the first before the rains hit. Michigan loaded the bases in the bottom of the first, but could not push a run across the plate. Three more for Texas in the top of the second allowed them to jump out to a 5-0 lead.

The Taylor boys responded in the bottom of the second to score four runs on a grand slam by Cameron Thorning to pull within one. Pitching took over until Michigan got things going in the bottom of the fifth inning. With runners on second and third, a fielder’s choice recorded an out at first base. The throw to the plate on the runner trying to score was wild and Michigan’s Jakob Furkas scored all the way from second on the overthrow.

Texas got the tying run to second base in the top of the fifth inning. Home run hero Cameron Thorning came in to strike out the final batter to preserve the win.

1 2 3 4 5 6 R H E
TX 2 3 0 0 0 0 5 5 1
MI 0 4 0 0 2 X 6 9 2

Complete Box Score available below

The 6-5 victory sends Taylor to their third World Series matchup against Hawaii, Wednesday night at 7:30 pm on ESPN.

Florida vs Michigan

Southeast B–Florida
Lineup AB R H RBI BB SO
Zachary Stern 4 0 1 0 0 0
Brennan Jones 3 0 1 0 0 2
Frankie Brancaleone 2 0 2 0 1 0
John Thornton 2 0 0 0 1 1
McClain Lewis 3 0 1 0 0 1
Preston Sullivan 2 0 0 0 0 1
Parker Shoup 0 0 0 0 0 0
William Wintercorn 1 0 0 0 0 1
Dillon Thomas 0 0 0 0 2 0
Evan Morejon 2 0 0 0 0 1
Jack Furnare 0 0 0 0 0 0
Tyler Fitzgerald 2 0 0 0 0 0
Mason Galdys 1 0 0 0 0 1
Totals 22 0 5 0 4 8
Batting

2B: Zachary Stern
TB: Frankie Brancaleone 2, Brennan Jones, McClain Lewis, Zachary Stern 2
SAC: Parker Shoup
HBP: Jack Furnare

Totals

Team QAB: 15 (53.57%)
Frankie Brancaleone 2, Brennan Jones 2, McClain Lewis 2, Evan Morejon, Parker Shoup, Zachary Stern 3, Dillon Thomas 2, John Thornton, William Wintercorn

Team LOB: 10

Fielding

E: McClain Lewis
DP: Zachary Stern, Preston Sullivan

Great Lakes A–Michigan
Lineup AB R H RBI BB SO
Lucas Farner 3 2 1 0 1 0
Gavin Ulin 4 0 2 1 0 0
Cameron Thorning 2 1 1 1 0 0
Jackson Surma 4 1 2 1 0 0
Jakob Furkas 2 1 0 0 0 1
Noah Boren 0 0 0 0 0 0
Jaxon Shufeldt 2 1 1 0 0 0
Ethan Van Belle 2 1 2 1 0 0
Max LaForest 3 1 2 2 0 1
Chauncey Adkins 2 0 1 0 0 1
Kale Harris 1 0 0 0 0 1
Totals 25 8 12 6 1 4
Batting

2B: Jackson Surma
TB: Lucas Farner, Ethan Van Belle 2, Jaxon Shufeldt, Gavin Ulin 2, Max LaForest 2, Jackson Surma 3, Cameron Thorning, Chauncey Adkins
RBI: Ethan Van Belle, Gavin Ulin, Max LaForest 2, Jackson Surma, Cameron Thorning
SF: Cameron Thorning
HBP: Ethan Van Belle, Jakob Furkas, Noah Boren, Cameron Thorning
GIDP: Lucas Farner

Totals

Team QAB: 14 (45.16%)
Lucas Farner 2, Ethan Van Belle, Jakob Furkas, Jaxon Shufeldt, Gavin Ulin, Max LaForest 3, Jackson Surma 2, Cameron Thorning 2, Chauncey Adkins

Team LOB: 8

Southeast B–Florida
Pitching IP #P S% H R ER SO BB HR
Frankie Brancaleone 2.2 52 .788 6 3 2 2 0 0
Dillon Thomas 1.1 21 .619 2 0 0 1 0 0
Brennan Jones 0.0 9 .667 2 3 3 0 0 0
William Wintercorn 1.0 24 .542 2 2 2 1 1 0
Totals 5.0 106 .689 12 8 7 4 1 0
Pitching

L: Frankie Brancaleone
HBP: Frankie Brancaleone 2, Brennan Jones, Dillon Thomas
WP: Frankie Brancaleone, William Wintercorn
Pitches-Strikes: Frankie Brancaleone 52-41, Brennan Jones 9-6, Dillon Thomas 21-13, William Wintercorn 24-13
Groundouts-Flyouts: Frankie Brancaleone 1-4, Brennan Jones 0-0, Dillon Thomas 3-0, William Wintercorn 1-1
First pitch strikes-Batters faced: Frankie Brancaleone 11-15, Brennan Jones 2-3, Dillon Thomas 6-7, William Wintercorn 5-6

Great Lakes A–Michigan
Pitching IP #P S% H R ER SO BB HR
Ethan Van Belle 4.0 71 .606 3 0 0 6 2 0
Jakob Furkas 1.1 38 .605 2 0 0 2 2 0
Max LaForest 0.2 8 .625 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 6.0 117 .607 5 0 0 8 4 0
Pitching

W: Ethan Van Belle
HBP: Max LaForest
WP: Ethan Van Belle
Pitches-Strikes: Ethan Van Belle 71-43, Jakob Furkas 38-23, Max LaForest 8-5
Groundouts-Flyouts: Ethan Van Belle 3-1, Jakob Furkas 1-1, Max LaForest 1-1
First pitch strikes-Batters faced: Ethan Van Belle 11-17, Jakob Furkas 5-8, Max LaForest 2-3

 

Texas vs Michigan

Southwest B–Texas
Lineup AB R H RBI BB SO
Cason Parrish 2 1 1 1 1 1
Dylan Regala 2 1 0 1 1 1
Carter Nelson 3 1 2 0 0 0
Jaxon Wristen 0 0 0 1 1 0
Brody Martin 1 0 0 0 0 0
Landry Pate 3 0 1 1 0 0
Carson Martin 2 0 0 0 0 0
Ella Bruning 1 0 0 0 0 0
Myles McCarty 2 1 1 0 1 0
Stetson Newman 1 1 0 0 1 1
Dillon Bruning 1 0 0 0 0 1
Colton Skiles 1 0 0 0 0 1
Major De Los Santos 1 0 0 0 0 1
Totals 20 5 5 4 5 6
Batting

TB: Cason Parrish, Landry Pate, Myles McCarty, Carter Nelson 2
RBI: Cason Parrish, Landry Pate, Jaxon Wristen, Dylan Regala
SAC: Colton Skiles
SF: Jaxon Wristen, Dylan Regala
ROE: Brody Martin
FC: Carson Martin
HBP: Cason Parrish
GIDP: Dylan Regala

Totals

Team QAB: 20 (68.97%)
Cason Parrish 3, Dillon Bruning, Carson Martin 2, Myles McCarty 2, Carter Nelson 2, Stetson Newman 2, Brody Martin, Jaxon Wristen 2, Colton Skiles 2, Dylan Regala 3

Team LOB: 6

Fielding

E: Brody Martin

Great Lakes A–Michigan
Lineup AB R H RBI BB SO
Lucas Farner 3 1 3 0 0 0
Gavin Ulin 2 1 0 0 1 0
Cameron Thorning 3 1 2 4 0 0
Jackson Surma 3 1 1 0 0 2
Jakob Furkas 2 1 2 0 1 0
Noah Boren 1 0 0 0 0 0
Jaxon Shufeldt 2 0 0 1 0 0
Ethan Van Belle 3 1 1 0 0 0
Max LaForest 3 0 0 0 0 0
Chauncey Adkins 1 0 0 0 0 0
Kale Harris 1 0 0 0 0 1
Totals 24 6 9 5 2 3
Batting

2B: Jakob Furkas
HR: Cameron Thorning
Grand slam: Cameron Thorning
TB: Lucas Farner 3, Ethan Van Belle, Jakob Furkas 3, Jackson Surma, Cameron Thorning 5
RBI: Jaxon Shufeldt, Cameron Thorning 4
FC: Jaxon Shufeldt, Gavin Ulin 2, Max LaForest

Totals

Team QAB: 14 (53.85%)
Lucas Farner 2, Ethan Van Belle 2, Jakob Furkas 3, Jaxon Shufeldt, Gavin Ulin, Max LaForest 2, Cameron Thorning 2, Chauncey Adkins

Team LOB: 5

Fielding

E: Jakob Furkas, Cameron Thorning
DP: Lucas Farner, Max LaForest, Cameron Thorning

Southwest B–Texas
Pitching IP #P S% H R ER SO BB HR
Cason Parrish 1.2 37 .568 5 4 4 1 2 1
Myles McCarty 2.0 20 .850 2 0 0 2 0 0
Brody Martin 0.1 11 .636 2 2 1 0 0 0
Landry Pate 1.0 12 .583 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 5.0 80 .650 9 6 5 3 2 1
Pitching

L: Cason Parrish
WP: Cason Parrish 2
Pitches-Strikes: Cason Parrish 37-21, Landry Pate 12-7, Myles McCarty 20-17, Brody Martin 11-7
Groundouts-Flyouts: Cason Parrish 1-2, Landry Pate 2-1, Myles McCarty 0-1, Brody Martin 1-0
First pitch strikes-Batters faced: Cason Parrish 8-12, Landry Pate 2-3, Myles McCarty 8-8, Brody Martin 2-3

Great Lakes A–Michigan
Pitching IP #P S% H R ER SO BB HR
Jackson Surma 1.1 34 .441 3 5 5 1 3 0
Gavin Ulin 4.1 70 .557 2 0 0 4 2 0
Cameron Thorning 0.1 4 .750 0 0 0 1 0 0
Totals 6.0 108 .528 5 5 5 6 5 0
Pitching

W: Gavin Ulin
SV: Cameron Thorning
HBP: Cameron Thorning
WP: Gavin Ulin 2, Jackson Surma
Pitches-Strikes: Gavin Ulin 70-39, Jackson Surma 34-15, Cameron Thorning 4-3
Groundouts-Flyouts: Gavin Ulin 5-3, Jackson Surma 1-1, Cameron Thorning 0-0
First pitch strikes-Batters faced: Gavin Ulin 9-17, Jackson Surma 6-10, Cameron Thorning 1-2

 

Key

  • AB: At bats
  • R: Runs scored
  • H: Hits
  • RBI: Runs batted in
  • BB: Base on balls (walks)
  • SO: Strikeouts
  • 2B: Doubles
  • 3B: Triples
  • HR: Home runs
  • Grand slam: Grand slam home runs
  • TB: Total bases
  • RBI: Runs batted in
  • SAC: Sacrifice hits & bunts
  • SF: Sacrifice flies
  • ROE: Reached on error
  • FC: Hit into fielder’s choice
  • HBP: Hit by pitch
  • CI: Batter advances on catcher’s interference
  • GIDP: Hit into double play
  • GITP: Hit into triple play
  • SB: Stolen bases
  • CS: Caught stealing
  • PIK: Picked off
  • QAB: Quality at bats (any one of: 3 pitches after 2 strikes, 6+ pitch ABs, XBH, HHB, BB, SAC Bunt, SAC Fly)
  • QAB%: Quality at bats per plate appearance
  • LOB: Runners left on base at the end of an inning
  • E: Errors
  • DP: Double Plays
  • TP: Triple Plays
  • IP: Innings Pitched
  • #P: Total pitches
  • S%: Strike percentage
  • H: Hits allowed
  • R: Runs allowed
  • ER: Earned runs allowed
  • SO: Strikeouts
  • BB: Base on balls (walks)
  • HR: Home runs allowed
  • W: Wins
  • L: Losses
  • SV: Saves
  • BS: Blown saves
  • HBP: Hit batters
  • WP: Wild pitches
  • BK: Balks

Game stats courtesy of https://gc.com/