Game 12 - August 14, 2016
Shelby, NC - For five innings, San Mateo, Calif., Post 82 found itself locked in a scoreless game with Cumberland, R.I., Post 86/14. But as they’d done in their previous two American Legion World Series pool play games, the Shockers showed how explosive – and resilient – they can be.
Two doubles and a home run in the sixth inning gave San Mateo a 4-0 lead, and the Shockers made enough big plays down the stretch to hold off Cumberland 5-4. The win gave Post 82 a 3-0 record in pool play and a spot in Monday’s 4 p.m. semifinal game against Rowan County, N.C., Post 342.
It was the fourth game San Mateo has played since learning that former teammate Calvin Riley was murdered. The Shockers have won all four of those games.
“It was a tough loss losing Calvin,” said San Mateo’s Felix Aberouette, who was 2-3 with a run and an RBI, and pitched the final 2.2 innings for the save. “Calvin’s motivating us right now to win this tournament, and that’s what we’re going to try to do.”
In the top of the sixth, Felix Aberouette led off with a walk. After an out, Kaleb Keelean doubled deep into right field, scoring Aberouette from first. Tyler Brandenburg then doubled to bring in Keelean, and Jordan Brandenburg delivered the ball over the left-field fence for a 4-0 advantage.
Cumberland cut the lead in half in the bottom of the inning. Tyler Walsh singled and Trevor Marques singled; an error on the play brought home Walsh. Drew Szafranski then doubled, bringing home Marques.
San Mateo came right back with another run in the seventh. Tyler Villaroman walked, stole second and then came home on Aberouette’s RBI single.
But Post 86/14 wouldn’t go away. In the bottom of the seventh, Ryan Havunen singled and Josh Brodeur walked. After an out, Walsh doubled home Havunen and moved Brodeur to third. A sacrifice fly from Chris Wright scored Brodeur.
A walk and hit batter loaded the bases, but Aberouette got a groundout to first base to end the threat. Cumberland was able to put runners on first and third with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, but Aberouette got a groundout to end the game.
Alex Waldsmith (2-0) got the win for San Mateo, allowing 10 hits and three earned runs in 6.1 innings. Aberouette allowed one hit over the final 2.2 innings.