EASLEY—The battle for the two slots in Tuesday’s US semi-final round of the Big League World Series will be decided officially in Monday’s last day of pool play.
California, 2-1, champions of the West Region, takes in Southeast Region champions Florida, 1-2, at 4 p.m. A win by California would put the West champion in a tie for second place in the US Pool with the Easley-based host team representing SC District 1. Easley and California did not play so a tiebreaker to decide who plays in the semifinals would be determined by which team allowed the least amount of runs per defensive inning. Easley holds the lead by virtue of giving up two less runs in four games than California has given up in three games. If Florida wins, Easley would earn a semi-final berth and California and Florida would tie for third.
Indiana, 3-0, the Central Region champion, plays New Jersey, 1-2 in the 7:30 p.m. game. An Indiana win or a California loss would give the Central champions first place in the US Pool and a spot in the US semifinals set for 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. A loss by Indiana would put them in a tie for first with Easley and possibly California. But, Indiana would likely be the first place team because of its 1-0 win over Easley last Wednesday and the fact that the Central champions have only given up two runs in the first three games, five less than Easley and seven less than California.
Puerto Rico and Venezuela have already clinched berths in the International semi-final round set for 4 p.m. Tuesday. The winners of the two semi-final games will play for the Big League World Series championship at 8 p.m. Wednesday in a game televised on ESPN2 and ESPN3.com.
In the early game at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Canada, 0-3, looks for its first win of the tournament against the Philippines, 1-2. The Philippines got its first win of the series Sunday with a 13-5 victory over Italy.