Pool play is completed, four teams have ended their journey at Glen Allen Stadium, while six teams still dream tonight of a Babe Ruth World Series Championship.
In today's action, in a morning battle of two American Division teams already eliminated from contention, Waterford, Connecticut outlasted Glacier, Montana, 7-6.
Next up, Boonville, Missouri needed a win and help from Glen Allen in order to clinch a National Division playoff berth, but Broomall-Newtown, Pennsylvania pitcher Luke Zimmerman kept Boonville off stride, throwing a one-hitter as B-N eliminated Boonville 12-0 in five innings. Boonville finished 1-3. Pennsylvania clinched the #2 seed from the National.
Next up was the American Division championship game, as two 3-0 teams, Phoenix, Arizona and Gainesville-Haymarket, Virginia collided. Down much of the game, Virginia roared back from a 3-0 deficit, scoring one in the sixth, then three in the seventh to take a 4-3 lead. Phoenix loaded the bases with nobody out, but Sammy Gonzalez struck out, then a sacrifice fly attempt on a fly ball to right field ended as a game-ending double play when the runner from third was thrown out trying to score the tying run.
Virginia now has the #1 American seed and a bye to Friday's 12:30pm semifinal.
In the day's final game, Glen Allen took a 5-0 lead into a 90-plus minute lightning delay, only to see Janesville, Wisconsin come back with four runs to shave the lead to one. Wisconsin, though, couldn't punch another aboard, and Glen Allen escaped with a 5-4 win, a 4-0 pool play record, and the #1 National seed.
Glen Allen will play in Friday's first semifinal at 10am.
THURSDAY'S QUARTERFINAL SCHEDULE:
Janesville, WI (National #3) vs. Phoenix, AZ (American #2)---5:00pm
Greenville, NC (American #3) vs. Broomall-Newtown, PA (National #2)---7:30pm
NOTE: HCS Media Network will broadcast Friday's semifinals and the Championship Game here at HenricoCountySports.net. Listen at 10am and 12:30pm for semifinal action, and 7:30pm for the finals by clicking on the Mixlr player at the top of this page!