South Vineland L.L., from Vineland, N.J came into the Senior League World Series this year, hoping that the results would be better than last year. South Vineland went 2-2 in pool play last season. They also made it to Bangor in 2002 and 2003, going 2-2 in both of those years. This year they were trying to reach the semi-finals for the first time. Eli Carter pitched five innings, giving up four runs to lead South Vineland to the 10-5 victory over Bangor. Carter also went 2-2 at the plate, driving in three runs. Coach, Abe Heredia knows his team has a very good chance every time he gives Carter the ball. Heredia said, “Every time he (Carter) goes out their we have a very good chance of winning.”
Vaughn Watson led off the game with a single for South Vineland. He would score on a ground out by Andrew Biggs. Carter came up to the plate with two runners on base. Carter hit a single that sent both runners home, giving himself a 3-0 lead before he took the mound in the bottom of the first inning. Carter said, “I was a little bit nervous. Stayed in on it and got a base hit.”
Bangor had two runners on base in the bottom of the second inning. Seth Freudenberger hit a ball to right field, it looked like it was going to score Anthony Capuano for the first Bangor run of the game. Brandon Triantos was playing right field for South Vineland. He threw Freudenberger out at first base to end the inning, as Bangor was still scoreless.
Bryan Rouleau was on the mound for Bangor. He settled down after a rough first inning. He retired seven straight from the first through the third inning. Rouleau also helped himself, when he hit a single to lead off the bottom of the third inning. Wyatt Frost ran for Rouleau and scored the first Bangor run. They would add three more runs in the inning to take a 4-3 lead. Capuano hit a single that scored two runs. Josiah Hartley hit a two run double.Box Score
The Bangor lead did not last long. South Vineland scored three runs in the top of the fourth inning. They took advantage of two errors by Bangor in the inning. South Vineland would score one run in both the fifth and sixth inning. They would add two runs in the seventh inning.
Bangor hurt themselves by committing five errors. Coach Ron St. Pierre said, “If you are going to commit five errors in any kind of tournament, your chances of winning are pretty slim.” The South Vineland team was a team that Coach St. Pierre knew his team was going to have to play well to get a victory. He said, that South Vineland is, “Probably one of the teams to beat in this tournament.”
Despite the loss, Bangor is still in a position where if they win on Thursday against West University L.L., from Houston, Texas they will make the semi-finals. It is the biggest game of the day on the final day of pool play. The winner moves on to the semi-finals on Friday. The loser is out. Bangor’s catcher, Dylan Morris said, “I am excited for tomorrow. St. Pierre added, “If we beat the guys tomorrow we are in.” St. Pierre will have both of his top two pitchers, Jesse Wood and Curtis Worcester available. Wood will be the choice to start on the mound, in the big game on Thursday, that starts @ 5 PM. Come join the LIVE BLOG during that game.