2022 USA ALL-STAR TEAM
(Saturday match statistics)
(compiled by Chris Masse, [email protected])
C―TED SWANSON, IOWA: One of many players on this roster who could masterfully handle multiple positions, Swanson helped Iowa win two games in the series and spark their dangerous roster. Swanson hit .545 and recorded .615 on-base percentage. He doubled twice, scored six runs and added three RBIs. Swanson also provided reliable defense and delivered multiple hits twice in a game.
IF―JARON LANCASTER, HAWAII: One of the most talented players, Lancaster is a five-tool threat who has excelled in every facet here. The shortstop made no mistakes and posted a one-arm pipe, anchoring a solid infield. He was also powerful at the plate, hitting .538 with two homers, two doubles, a triple and five RBIs. Lancaster flies around the bases and has also scored eight times. Teams did their best to throw around Lancaster, but he still hit in four straight games and had three multi-hit games.
IF―CHASE LINK, PENNSYLVANIA: Link also felt the Lancaster treatment, even receiving an intentional walk with no one on base against Indiana. It was also justified, because the sweet swinging third baseman got hurt by baseballs while he was here. Link is tied for the home run with three and hit .462 with a .562 on-base percentage. He had three consecutive games and finished with seven RBIs and six runs in his last four games. A good defender too, Link changed the complexion of three victories in Pennsylvania with his home runs.
SI―WILLIAM SATINOFF, TENNESSE: If Ozzie Smith was watching the show, he was probably a little envious. That’s how good Satinoff was. The shortstop basically produced an instructional video on how to play his position, making the toughest plays easy. He had at least four hits in the series with spectacular plays and saved a win over Indiana with a jaw-dropping diving catch in which he seemingly defied gravity. Satinoff was also an ideal first hitter who compiled a .467 on-base percentage and scored four runs, while producing two multi-hit games.
IF―KADEN HALL, INDIANA: Wherever he played, Hall played well, brilliant at shortstop, pitcher and receiver. He also punched well at home plate, hitting .625 and going 5-for-8 with a triple and two doubles. Hall had one hit in all three games and hit hard ground that helped earn the game-winning run against Iowa. Hall was also crushing on the mound and struck out 15 in seven innings, including 11 against American runner-up Tennessee.
OF―BEAU RABEL, PENNSYLVANIA: A constant threat in the middle of Pennsylvania’s offense, Rabel went 3-for-3 in his opener and never really slowed down. Rabel hit .533 in five games in the series and had a .562 on-base percentage. He also doubled, made four points and scored three times. Rabel helped Pennsylvania win three straight games at one point and had three multi-hit games.
OF―LIAM FERGUSON, WASHINGTON: He only played two games in the series, but Ferguson made them count and picked up where he left off at the Northwest Regional. There, Ferguson’s sixth-inning home run sparked a comeback as Washington won in extra innings. He then went 2 for 4 in his two series games, breaking a home run against Iowa. He also had one hit in both games.
OF-RUSTON HIYOTO, HAWAII: He missed two games, but Hiyoto made up for lost time and was a force when he played. One of Hawaii’s super subs, Hiyoto hit .1000, going 4-for-4 and making two runs in each of his three games. Hiyoto hit a big home run in the U.S. Final against Tennessee and entered the World Final with six RBIs. In two games against second Tennessee, Hiyoto was 3 for 3.
UTILITY-KAIDEN SHELTON, TEXAS: A resilient player who consistently delivered big runs, Shelton helped Texas finish third, hitting, defensively and throwing well. The slugger hit .385 and produced a .529 on-base percentage. He also homered twice, made five runs and scored four times. Shelton made no mistakes and was also 2-0 on the mound. He struck out seven in seven innings and had a 2.57 ERA.
P-COHEN SAKAMOTO, HAWAII: The American player of the series, Sakamoto was a force in all areas. He finally allowed a hit on Saturday but was still dominant in a 6-1 championship win over Tennessee. Sakamoto went 3-0 with a 0.00 ERA, allowing no hits in his first two appearances. A tough and crafty pitcher, Sakamoto allowed just two hits in 13 2/3 innings, while striking out 24 and walking just two. He was also one of the best hitters in the field, hitting .667 with two homers, two triples, a double and nine RBIs. Sakamoto delivered a hit every game.
P-DREW CHADWICK, TENNESSEE: Letting his defense work behind him and pounding the strike zone, Chadwick staged a pitching clinic every time he took the mound. Chadwick went 2-0 with a 1.24 ERA and was sensational in the losers’ pool final against Texas. Chadwick pitched a full game to six hits in the 7-1 win, shutting out mighty Texas in the final five innings. Chadwick was at his best in the big moments and struck out eight in 9 2/3 innings.
INTERNATIONAL ALL-STAR TEAM
(compiled by Evan Wheaton, [email protected]om)
C – TSENG YI-CHE, CHINESE TAIPEI: Tseng Yi-Che was central to an elite Chinese Taipei defense that allowed just one point and one error until the International Championship. With 39 strikeouts from 40 total chances, Taipei City’s in-game percentage stood at .978 heading into its third-place game against Tennessee. Yi-Che was one of four Chinese Taipei hitters to hit over .300, recording a pair of multi-hit games and hitting .357 with an OBP of .400.
SI – MIGUEL PADILLA, MEXICO: Miguel Padilla was one of the most dominant players in the 2022 Little League World Series. At bat, he hit .500 and hit two homers. He also scored five runs and had three RBIs in Mexico’s four games. A solid third baseman, Padilla also shone on the mound with 11 strikeouts, five hits and 1.636 ERA. He pitched 7 1/3 innings total, but was consistently getting on base with a .538 OBPS.
SI – JAXON MAYERVICH, CANADA: Canada had a dominating start to the tournament, outscoring their opponents 13-0. Jaxon Mayervich played a strong hand with this at both home plate and the mound. In Vancouver’s first game against Australia, Mayervich went 4-for-4 and finished the tournament with a .600 batting average. In a pitching duel against Japan, Mayervich won with a performance of 10 strikeouts and three hits in 4 1/3 innings for the win.
SI – ALEXANDER PROVACIA, CURACAO: The Curaçao defense speaks for itself, having shut out three teams. Alexander Provacia made seven strikeouts of 11 attempts and played solid defense against Nicaragua and Italy. Their batting might not show it with a 2-of-10 mark and .200 average heading into the championship, but the Willemstad club have been embroiled in plenty of defensive struggles throughout the tournament. There were only two games against Panama, as well as a rematch with Nicaragua, where Curacao bats were hot from the start.
SI – LUIS GARCIA, NICARAGUA: Nicaragua made some noise as they bounced back in the international elimination bracket, and Luis Garcia provided plenty of muscle for the Latin American regional champion. Garcia smashed two homers, drove eight runs, scored six himself, and held a .353 OBP. The shortstop was also part of a strong defense that bolstered a .971 field percentage.
DE – JOHAN SARAVIA, NICARAGUA: To put it simply, Johan Saravia locked it in the outfield. Of the seven chances in total, Saravia made seven outs. With the bat in his hands, he was tough in the Nicaraguan lineup with an ONP of .529 while batting .467. Saravia also shone on the mound against Panama with six strikeouts and no hits, runs or walks for three innings.
DE – REANGELO DECASTER, CURACAO: A solid outfielder, Reangelo Decaster was also huge on the mound for Curacao. In 12 innings and two games where he went at least four frames, Decaster struck out 17 with four runs given up for a .500 ERA. His greatest performance came against Canada when he whipped up six with a hit and not a single run allowed in four innings of work.
DE – CHEN PO-CHUN, CHINESE TAIPEI: Fu-Lin allowed just one point against her ahead of the international championship. Chen Po-Chun played a strong outfield to achieve this. He may not have seen the plate much with just four appearances going into the final day of the tournament, but when he was at bat, Po-Chun wasn’t easy to do. He beat .500 against Panama and Mexico and averaged .333 heading into the third-place game against Tennessee. Po-Chun also finished with a .500 OBP.
UTILITY – JAY-DYLNN WIEL, CURACAO: Wherever he’s been in Curacao’s roster, Jay-Dlynn Wiel has made an impact. Against Mexico, Wiel held the fort in a complete game where he struck out six with just one hit and only one run allowed. He went 13 to 10 2/3 innings in the tournament while also serving as shortstop and third baseman. He wasn’t too shabby offensively either, batting .294 en route to the Little League World Series championship.
P – DAVEY-JAY RIJKE, CURAÇAO: Davey-Jay Rijke was instrumental in Curacao’s success throughout the tournament. In 12 1/3 innings — including a full game — Rijke struck out 31 with just six hits allowed. Rijke allowed just two runs for a 0.486 ERA. While he was undoubtedly a force of nature on the mound for the Willemstad club, Rijke was also consistent at the plate with a .316 batting average. Although Rijke excels as a pitcher, he was able to shine both at shortstop and as a reliable hitter.
P – DAVID ZARATE, MEXICO: Throughout Mexico’s run in the tournament, David Zarate had 16 strikeouts in 8 2/3 innings with four hits and four runs for a 2.077 ERA. Against Canada, Zarate struck out six with no hits, walks or runs allowed in three innings. Zarate was a two-way threat to Mexico. With the bat in his hands, he averaged .444.