Penn Wins In 10, Old Town Plays Today
Shut down pitching from each side led to a closely contested Opening Day finale, won by U.S. East, 3-0 over Curacao in 10 innings.
Curacao's starter, Christopher Koeimen, threw eight scoreless innings and struck out seven without factoring in the decision, while Pennsylvania starter, Brandon Kohn, threw 6.2 innings of scoreless ball, also receiving a no-decision.
Siamari Boekhoudt, 2-for-4, and Ralison Bentura, 4-for-4, each turned in multi-hit performances at the top of Curacao's lineup as the Latin American's out-hit Pennsylvania, 10-4.
Despite going a collective 4-for-34, Pennsylvania scored three times in the top half of the 10th, thanks to RBI hits from Nick DeLucas and Ryan Lowry. The win went to Kevin Walder, who threw the final 3.1 innings for the East representatives. Geedion Jakob took the loss for Curacao, allowing the game's only runs to plate in the 10th.
Pennsylvania's next challenge comes Tuesday (8/4) at 5 p.m. vs. the winner of U.S. Southwest (Texas) and U.S. Southeast (Virginia). Curacao will attempt to extend their stay at the SLWS Monday (8/3) at 5 p.m. when they play Arizona.