South Dakota beats Oregon behind Weir HR
South Dakota beat Oregon 3-0 on Monday in their second 2021 Little League World Series game in Williamsport, Pa.
The Sioux Falls Little League team improves to 2-0 in the tournament and will play next Wednesday at 4 p.m. Central against California. The game will be televised on ESPN.
What was a defensive spectacle for both teams turned into a spectacle once again for Gavin Weir when he slammed a three-run homerun late in the fifth inning. Kye Carlson and Boston Bryant were on base when Weir connected with Ben Robertson’s midfield to make it 3-0.
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Maddux Munson was South Dakota’s starting pitcher. He was efficient, throwing just 77 pitches and striking out four batters in six innings. Kelly pitched four innings and struck out three strikes before Robertson stepped in to close the game.
The real star of the show, however, was the Sioux Falls Little League infield. Second baseman Cason Medigar and first baseman Hayden Gorsett have combined to form a dangerous defensive duo. Gorsett recorded 10 strikeouts out of 10 total chances, while Medigar froze and transferred almost all Oregon bat-tied balls.
The All-Stars fought back and forth, with each team limiting each other’s attack until the fifth inning. An Oregon 3-6-4 double sent South Dakota back to the dugout in the second, and Gorsett had three straight outs in the third inning to keep Oregon off the boards.
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Bryant then doubled down on a center field hit and stole third place when the Oregon wide receiver turned his head. However, Oregon ace Chase Kelly struck Weir at bat on the next pitch, and Bryant got stuck in the fourth.
The match, originally scheduled for Sunday, was postponed to Monday due to bad weather.
Claire Kuwana is a sports reporting intern at Memphis Commercial Appeal. Contact her at [email protected] or follow her on Twitter @clairekuwana.