Virginia rallies to beat B'Ville
WARNER ROBINS, Ga. -- Connor Schnupp belted a three-run, walk-off home run to cap a four-run rally in the bottom of the sixth inning Saturday morning and lift Virginia champion Tuckahoe American to a 6-5 victory over West Virginia champion Barboursville in the Little League Baseball (age 11-12) Southeast Regional at Little League Southeast Park.
Tuckahoe American from Henrico, Va., trailed 5-2 entering its final at-bat. Sam Landess and Jason Hood started the rally with singles. After Mark Buisson struck out, Jack Carpin ripped a ground-rule double to right to score Landess and put runners on second and third with no outs.
Schnupp, which had seen Virginia leave the bases loaded in the fourth and fifth without scoring, didn't want to come up empty again. He smacked a pitch from Barboursville reliever Hogan Carter over the fence in center field to make Virginia 2-0 in Pool B and start a wild celebration among its fans. Barboursville dropped to 1-1 and its fans and players departed stunned at the turn of events.
Both teams have an off day Sunday. Barboursville's next game is at 1 p.m. Monday against Tennessee. Virginia faces Alabama on Monday at 7 p.m. Tennessee, which lost 3-1 to Virginia on Friday, met Alabama later Saturday. Barboursville beat Alabama in its opener, meaning Monday's game could decide who advances to the semifinal round on Wednesday.
Games are at 2 and 6 p.m. Wednesday and ESPN2 will air both live. Huntington radio stations WRVC 930-AM and 94.1-FM are carrying Barboursville games. Semifinal winners will meet Friday at 7 p.m. for the title and trip to the World Series in Williamsport, Pa. ESPN will televise that game.
Barboursville scored four in the first inning and once in the second inning for a 5-0 lead.
Blake Tilley drove in three in the first on a bases-clearing double to right field. Trey Chapman had the RBI in the second inning, but the West Virginia rep's bats went silent from that point as they didn't get a hit over the final four innings.
Carpin started for Virginia, allowed the four runs and left after throwing 36 pitches. Sam Essex pitched the second inning, Bo Richmond the third inning and Buisson came on in the fourth inning Buisson went the final three and got the win. He struck out five and Richmond struck out the side in the third inning.
Buisson and Carpin connected for back-to-back solo homers in the third off Barboursville start Brody Aliff.
WEST VIRGINIA 410 000 -- 5 5 0
VIRGINIA 002 004 -- 6 10 1
Hitting: (WV) Tilley 2B, 3 RBIs; Carter RBI, Chapman RBI. (V) Carpin 3-4, 2B, HR, 2 RBIs; Cornwell 2-2, 2B; Buisson HR, RBI; Schnupp HR, 3 RBIs; Essex 2-3.