VSLL keeps hopes alive with 10-0 win over Tennessee at Southeast Regional
South Carolina next up in Majors tournament
Brennan Confreda, shown here, combined with Deaglan McBride and Austin Marshall throw a five-hit shutout as the Viera-Suntree Little League All-Star Majors baseball team defeated Tennessee 10-0 Sunday at the Southeast Regional in Warner Robins, Georgia.
VIERA VOICE Carl Kotala
The dream lives on for the Viera-Suntree Little League All-Star Majors baseball team.
The VSLL scored seven runs in the first inning and Brennan Confreda, Deaglan McBride and Austin Marshall combined on a five-hit shutout as Florida defeated Tennessee 10-0 in four innings Sunday in the Southeast Regional tournament in Warner Robins, Georgia.
With the win, the VSLL advances to Monday’s elimination game against South Carolina, which scored a dramatic come-from-behind win over West Virginia. Trailing 1-0 and being no-hit, South Carolina scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to knock out West Virginia and keep its own hopes of reaching the Little League World Series alive.
The Florida-South Carolina game is scheduled for 11 a.m. on Monday, while the tournament’s two remaining undefeated teams — Georgia and Virginia — will play in the first semifinal game at 7 p.m.
Should Florida get past South Carolina, it would play the loser of the Georgia-Virginia game on Tuesday at 5 p.m. in the second semifinal.
Eliminating Tennessee in a quick, easy fashion was big for manager Russell Cheatham’s team because it helped them save some pitching for the big games it will face, hopefully, in the coming days.
After Confreda got through the top of the first, Micah Cheatham led off the bottom of the inning for the VSLL with a single. Jonah Peacock then drew a one-out walk on four pitches to put two runners on.
A Finn Goldinger single would score Cheatham for the first run of the game.
Peacock would eventually score on a passed ball and Goldinger came home on a two-out double by Confreda that made it a 3-0 game.
After Izzy Birru singled home Confreda, Marshall would single and Evan Lipski doubled to increase the VSLL lead to five. Two more runs scored when Marshall came home on a fielding error and Micah Cheatham delivered an RBI single.
The VSLL would get another run in the second when Peacock doubled and scored on a single by Goldinger.
The 10-run rule came into effect in the bottom of the fourth inning when Dominic Leoni tripled and scored on a single by Confreda. After Birru walked, Marshall singled home Confreda with the game-clinching run.
Overall, the VSLL had 13 hits on the day with Marshall, Confreda, Goldinger and Micah Cheatham all having two each.
On the mound, Confreda needed only 22 pitches to get through 1 1/3 innings, allowing one hit and striking out one. McBride allowed two hits in his 1 2/3 innings of work and Marshall needed only 10 pitches to get through the top of the fourth.