The Mid-Island Little League team from Staten Island suffered their first loss to Honolulu, 10-0, in the Little League World Series on Wednesday night.
Chris Bedford got the start for Mid-Island, who represents the Mid-Atlantic region at the LLWS. Though a couple runners were on, Bedford managed to roll a grounder to second baseman Gregory Bruno that looked to end the inning. However, a costly error would force home the first run of the game.
Then, with bases loaded, Bedford hit a batter, sending home another run. Luckily, though, he would strike out another Honolulu hitter to end the inning.
In the second, though, Honolulu broke out. It was Sean Yamaguchi who did the most damage with a grand slam to left-center field. Honolulu would score five runs that inning, and tack on two more in the third to make it a 9-0 game.
Due to Little League rules, if a team leads by 10 or more runs after four innings, they win based on a mercy rule. After a brief rain delay, Honolulu would get that 10th run in the bottom of the fifth to move onto the U.S. Championship Game.
Staten Island still has a chance to make that game, and force a rematch if they come away with a win on Thursday night against Peachtree City, GA, who is representing the Southeast region. The game is set for 7 p.m.