Controversy is swirling at the Little League Softball World Series in Portland, Oregon (video below).
After the West Region team from South Snohomish, Washington, got a spot in the semifinals, they had to play the Southeast Region team from Salisbury, North Carolina.
If Southeast beat West, then Southeast would land the last remaining opening in the semifinals. However, if Southeast lost, then the Central Iowa team would get the spot.
Southeast defeated West 8-0 on Monday, but witnesses claimed that West didn't use all of their starting players and bunted often when they went to bat, notes KCCI.
“Well, I mean, it was very evident when [West] did the starting lineups that their four best players were on the bench and they were going to be the reserves,” Central Iowa coach Charlie Husak told WHO-TV via phone interview. “And it was very evident right away what was going on and they weren't striving to win.”
Central Iowa filed a protest with the director of the tournament, who refused to take action, but Little League International officials in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, said in a statement:
The Little League International Tournament Committee recently received credible reports that some teams did not play with the effort and spirit appropriate for any Little League game.
Given these circumstances and in order to best determine the second team to advance from Pool B, the Little League International Tournament Committee is requiring that a tie-breaker game be played between the two affected teams – South Snohomish Little League and Central Iowa Little League. The game will be played on Tuesday, August 16, at 9 a.m. Pacific time.
This morning, Central Iowa defeated South Snohomish, 3-2. That means Central Iowa will advance to the semifinals, reports The Des Moines Register.