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What this morning's Virginia-Maine game means for Maui
August 13, 2014 - Robert Collias
The Central East Maui Senior League team has today off at the Senior League World Series in Bangor, Maine, after a 10-0 win over Saipan in six innings on Tuesday.
However, Maui (2-1) will be watching closely the result of today's 8:30 a.m. HST game between Bangor, Maine, and Dumfries, Virginia — both of those teams are 2-0 in Maui's Pool A.
There are two divergent scenarios for Maui coming out of the Maine-Virginia contest.
Maui has already lost to Virginia and finishes pool play Thursday against Maine.
A Virginia win today makes things quite simple for the Valley Isle nine: Virginia would clinch the top seed in Pool A and the Maui-Maine tilt would become a de facto quarterfinal, or play-in contest for the final semifinal berth between a pair of 2-1 teams.
A Maine win today makes things a lot more complicated, leaving the distinct possibility of a three-way tie between Maui, Maine and Virginia with 3-1 records when pool play concludes on Thursday, with only two spots to the semifinals available. The tiebreaker is runs allowed divided by innings played and can be seen here, along with the pool standings.
Maui's current tiebreak number is a solid 0.278 — CEM has put up 17 zeroes in its 18 innings played — and is currently behind Virginia's (0.083), but ahead of Maine's (0.385). Maui helped its tiebreak number slightly by taking six innings instead of five to post the mercy-rule, 10-run win over Saipan. Lots of runs today from both teams is good for Maui.
The bottom line is this: Thursday's final pool-play game for Maui is a must win, there is no scenario where Maui advances with a loss.
And Maui's top two pitchers, Linden Kanamu and Akoni Hamilton-Golis, are lined up for the semifinals and final, which will be televised on ESPNU at 8 a.m. HST.
It has been quite a ride that this team has treated us to, all summer long. Basically, although the tiebreaker scenario is sitting there, Maui is three wins from an unprecedented world title. Wow.
Stay tuned for more, all right here.
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