Outstanding play on both sides, as well as a handful of glaring fielding errors both ways. All this leads up to Arizona with two on and one out in the bottom of the seventh, tied at 7. Third baseman Tyler Kem at bat, who hasn't done anything spectacular, but ahead 3-1 in the count. I look at the next two lines in my book and figure Iowa has to get Kem out or they're fucked. Though it's only a matter of pride, as Iowa's 0-2 and can't possibly advance to the semifinals, all they can hope for is to pull out one win before they go home, spoil Arizona's record.
Ball four to Kem. Bases loaded, one out.
If you saw SportsCenter tonight, you already know Cory Bernard. Arizona's next hitter, he was 4-for-4 with three home runs. They can't walk him intentionally, so they have to pitch to him. Assuming they do get him out, and keep a run from scoring, the next hitter, Tim Fowler, is also 4-for-4. This situation has play-of-the-week written all over it. A grooved pitch to Bernard will surely be sent over the fence again for a walk-off grand slam. He fouls off the first pitch.
The next pitch... hits Bernard. Hit by pitch, forces the run into score, game over. Like I said, it wasn't what I expected.
Big game tomorrow night at 7pm Eastern, Arizona vs. Boynton Beach, Florida, the Southeast team.
The Saudi team got assfucked by Japan 17-0 today, according to ESPN. It's that league's tenth appearance in the Series, from what I've read, but they never seem to do very well. And they're usually all Americans. (This year there's a couple of actual Saudis on the team.) *shrug*
Delaware couldn't hold it together. They held a 1-0 lead for three innings today after a leadoff home run in the top of the first, but then gave up 7 runs in the bottom of the fourth to Texas. I cannot understand why that Delaware coach let his pitcher suffer through that whole fourth inning. He gave up seven hits, he was just getting owned. You cut your losses after giving up three runs or so and save everyone's state of mind, if you're smart. Instead, he leaves the kid in and takes the rest of his teammates' heart out of the game. Dumbass.
I talked to a reporter from the Arizona Republic for a minute today. She was stopping people wearing West region T-shirts, but hadn't seen that many. To be honest, I haven't seen a whole lot either, less than last year's Aptos team drew. I guess it's just one of those cyclical things, the Massachusetts and Delaware teams are getting a lot more support this year than their regional predecessors did.