There was plenty of exciting action at MCU Park today, as Team Israel & Team Brazil won their respective games in two very interesting games.
Brazil took the afternoon game against Pakistan 10-0 in 7 innings, due to mercy rules ,in front of a sparse crowd due to the game being played on a day when most people were at work or school.
Israel and Great Britain on the other hand, played a back and forth game that went the full 9 innings in front of a crowd that gave Israel a home field advantage.
Brazil took an early lead in the bottom of the 3rd. Gabriel Maciel singled and stole 2nd. Irait Chirino singled, moving Maciel to 3rd. Leonardo Reginatto, who played at MCU Park as a member of the Hudson Valley Renegades, grounded into a force out, scoring Maciel and nailing Chirino at 2nd. A triple by former SI Yankee Dante Bichette Jr. scored Reginatto and a single by Reinaldo Sato scored Bichette. Juan Carlos Muniz grounded into an inning ending double play.
Bo Bichette led the 4th off with a single and took 2nd on an error. A ground out Luis Camargo moved Bichette to 3rd. Lucas Rojo singled to center, scoring Bichette to make it 4-0.
Dante Bichette hit a 1-out single in the 5th to left to knock starter Inayat Khan out of the game for Ihsan Ullah. Sato struck out for the 2nd out. Bichette stole 2nd and Muniz whacked an inside the park homer that made it 6-0.
Reginatto led off the Bottom with the 7th with a single, Dante Bichette was hit by pitch and a passed ball made it 2nd & 3rd. Carlos Garmendia drew a walk to load the bases. Pinch-Hitter Fernando Luciano singled, scoring Reginatto. Bo Bichette grounded into a force out, nailing brother Dante at home. Luis Paz drew a bases loaded walk to make it 8-0.
Asrar Ahmad came in to pitch and Vitor Ito grounded into a force out, scoring Luciano. A single by Maciel scored Bo Bichette and the umps called the game due to mercy rules.
There was nearly 4,000 people at MCU Park for the 2nd game.
After a scoreless first, Champ Stuart, who finished the season with Binghamton, led off the Top of the 2nd with a double to left. Todd Isaacs singled two batters later to make it 1-0 off Israel starter Jason Marquis.
Israel quickly bounded back in the Bottom of the 2nd off starter Michael Roth. Cody Decker led off with a double and Josh Satin, the former Cyclone, grounded out, moving Decker to 3rd. Rhett Wiseman hit the ball to 1B Jordan Serena who fired home, but not quickly enough, scoring Decker.
With Josh Zeid, another Mets farmhand, pitching in relief, Stuart led off the Top of the 7th with a double and took 3rd on a wild pitch. Serena grounded out without scoring Stuart, but Isaacs hit a sac fly to right, sending Stuart in to score. Craig Breslow came in to pitch, and got out of the inning.
Israel blew it open in the Bottom of the 7th off reliever Vaughan Harris. Wiseman led off with a single off start the inning and a double by Scott Burcham doubled to left, moving Wiseman to 3rd. Mike Meyers hit a sac fly to left, scoring Wiseman and moving Burcham to 3rd. Zach Borenstein singled to right, scoring Burcham. Ryan Lavarnway walked, moving Borenstein to 2nd. Nolan Bond came in to pitch and walked Nate Freiman to load the bases.
Former Cyclone Ike Davis came in to pinch hit to a raucous ovation, and singled to right, scoring Borenstein. Cody Decker hit a sac fly to right, scoring Lavarnway. However, Great Britain disputed the call, but the umpires upheld all protests and appeals. Satin was hit by pitch to load the bases, but Wiseman grounded out to end the bat-around.
Great Britain got runners to 2nd & 3rd off closer Brad Goldberg. Young lined out and Goldberg struck out Albert Cartwright and Mitch Evans to end the game, giving Israel a win.
Israel will take on Brazil at noon, with the winner playing Sunday. The loser will play Saturday night.
The winner of the 7:00 PM Great Britain vs Pakistan game will play the loser of Israel/Brazil Saturday night at 8:00 PM at 7:00 PM. The loser of Friday night’s game is eliminated.