The West University Little League Seniors on Monday won their second game in the Senior World Series, in a 6-0 shutout of the Western Little League Seniors with 14 strikeouts, three runs in the third inning and three in the fourth inning.
West University starting pitcher Joe Gobillot and reliever Jimmy Winston combined to strike out 14 batters, tying the record for most strikeouts by a team in a Bangor World Series.
Gobillot limited the lineup from the Grand Rapids, Mich. team to only two hits in 4 1/3 innings of work. He walked two and struck out seven. Winston struck out seven, allowed no hits and no walks in 2 2/3 innings.
West University, now 2-0, plays Europe-Africa’s Emilia L.L., Emilia, Italy, at 1 p.m. today.
Aaron Cranfield and William James led West University’s offense. Cranfield went 2-for-4 with one run batted in and two runs scored. James went 2-for-3 with one run scored.
The U.S. Southwest champs’ three runs in the third inning came on a one-out, two-run double by Julian Cranfield that scored Owen Holt and Aaron Cranfield. Holt had walked to leadoff the inning. Aaron Cranfield had singled.
A Jacob Millender single to center field made it 3-0, scoring Julian Cranfield from third after Cranfield had moved up on an infield single to short by Winston.
In the bottom of the fourth, the first four West U batters reached to start the Seniors’ second three-run rally of the night. Gobillot walked to lead off and gave way to special pinch-runner Jared Burch. A single to left by Holt put runners on first and second bases. A James single to right loaded the bases.
Aaron Cranfield scored Burch from third on an infield single to first, keeping the bases loaded. After a fielder’s choice by Julian Cranfield resulted in a force out at home, Winston walked on four pitches to force in West University’s fifth run of the night.
A walk to Carson Maxwell on a 3-2 pitch forced in another run to make it 6-0.