SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. - There’s nothing like a good horror movie to shake a team out of the doldrums. It’s not that the Chandler National players are still down after losing Sunday, but they are getting little bored.
Tuesday marked the second straight rainy day at the Little League World Series, and while games were played, it left Chandler National with another slow day as it rested up for Wednesday’s pool play finale vs. Coon Rapids, Minn. First pitch was bumped up to 4 p.m. EDT as a result of the rescheduling of two rainouts Tuesday night.
The Chandler-Coon Rapids winner will advance to the U.S. semifinals at 7:30 p.m. Thursday as the No. 2 seed in Pool B.
“We’re all anxious to play,” said Kyle Pechloff. “You can throw it around and stuff, but it’s hard to keep busy in the dorms all day. You can only do so much.”
Chandler players got some work in Tuesday, as they were one of a handful of teams to spend the afternoon practicing inside a sports dome covering two artificial turf soccer fields a few miles away. Outfielder Jake McCann was impressed with the facility, as the team had never played indoors before.
That came after a trip to a local bowling alley, in which McCann was proud of his 111.
“Pretty decent, I think,” said McCann, who said he was disappointed the team still couldn’t take its good-luck fishing trip. That became a tradition after losing in the state tournament.
Manager Jeff Parrish wanted his players to stay inside Tuesday night once they were cleaned up, unlike some players and fans that still couldn’t resist sliding down the muddy hills beyond the Lamade Stadium outfield.
Since watching baseball games wasn’t an option, assistant coaches Chris McCann and Clay Bellinger headed out to select a horror movie, which the team voted to see.
Parrish also wanted to keep his options open for Wednesday’s starting pitcher. Pechloff, who started Sunday against Salisbury, Md., can pitch, but Scott Wojnar and Seth Fretheim were also available.
Skyler Palermo, the losing pitcher Sunday vs. unbeaten pool champion Lubbock, Texas, is not available to throw again until Thursday. Fretheim may pitch after throwing just 20 pitches Sunday, the maximum a player can throw without needing rest. Wojnar has not pitched since three innings Saturday.
Leaving Pechloff available for a potential U.S. semifinal game Thursday would also keep him eligible for Sunday’s world title game, should Chandler advance that far.
AccuWeather called for the rain to let up Wednesday, but with temperatures to remain unseasonably cool, around 70 degrees.
It expects temperatures to reach 90 by the weekend.
Chandler players experienced some rainy, cooler weather during the state tournament in Prescott, and even thought the week was a little relief after playing on days as warm as 119 degrees.
Chandler’s bats hope to heat up, too. Cody Bellinger and Luke Parrish lead the team with five hits and three RBI through two games at the Series.
Fretheim has hit two home runs.
Coon Rapids has Tanner Lowe available to pitch today. He allowed four runs in four innings Saturday in a loss to Lubbock, Texas, to open pool play.
Adam Reckseidler, who pitched two innings relief Saturday, has also fulfilled his rest requirements.
Lowe hit two home runs Sunday to give Coon Rapids a 4-3 win over Salisbury, Md.
Those are both of his hits in the Series.
Cody Hermann and Brent Golobich also have two hits for Coon Rapids.