Rain pushes back Little League New England, Mid-Atlantic Regional championships to Sunday

Published on Saturday, 11 August 2018 18:33
Written by DAN ORENCOLE

@OrencoleDan

BRISTOL - The New England and Mid-Atlantic Regional games scheduled for Saturday have been postponed to Sunday due to weather.

Massachusetts and Rhode Island will play at 10 a.m. while New York and Maryland will play at 1 p.m.

Massachusetts and Rhode Island were on the field warming up before the weather made the games unplayable, forcing the postponements.

Here is a look at the championship matchups:

MASSACHUSETTS VS. RHODE ISLAND

Massachusetts is expected to start Evan Blake and will now have had three days of rest since its 10-1 win over Rhode Island on Wednesday.

Blake pitched five scoreless innings with 10 strikeouts in the first game of the tournament against New Hampshire.

Rhode Island is expected to start Logan Lama on the mound. He has yet to start a game for Rhode Island and has made two appearances allowing three earned runs in 1 1/3 innings.

The top of Rhode Island’s lineup against Blake’s pitching will be something to watch for on Sunday. Tyler Simon, Tommy Turner, Jake Mather have been dominant at the top of the batting order for Rhode Island.

NEW YORK VS. MARYLAND

Owen Knerr is the likely starter for Maryland up against New York probable starter Gregory Bruno.

Similar to Massachusetts, New York will enter Sunday’s game with three days of rest.

Bruno is the ace for New York and his matchup and will face a deep Maryland lineup that has combined for 43 runs in five games and has worked its way all the way back to the championship game after losing its second game on Monday 6-2 against New Jersey.

Steven Martinez and Knerr will be a pair of big bats to watch out for in this final.

Martinez is batting .800 with one home run, six singles and one double.

Knerr has been the premier power bat in either tournament with five home runs in five games, including a two-homer game against Washington D.C.

There’s plenty to watch for Sunday in two competitive matchups with four teams vying for a trip to the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa.



Posted in Newington Town Crier, Business on Saturday, 11 August 2018 18:33. Updated: Saturday, 11 August 2018 18:35.