WARNER ROBINS -- Virginia unloaded early and took advantage of shaky play for a 12-1 win over South Carolina in four innings Saturday night in Pool A play at Little League Southeast Park.
The teams are off Sunday before returning to play Monday. South Carolina (1-1) plays Tennessee (1-1) at 1 p.m. and Virginia (2-0) battles West Virginia (0-2) at 7 p.m.
Jason Volpicelli gave Virginia all it needed with home runs in the first and second inning for four RBI. Winning pitcher Josh McQuaig added two hits and two runs scored, and Danny Hosley scored twice.
McQuaig gave up four hits and six strikeouts to only one walk.
Jacquez Geter had two hits for South Carolina.
South Carolinas batteries had trouble, teaming for eight wild pitches and passed balls.
Virginia grabbed momentum immediately when leadoff batter Volpicelli deposited a 3-2 pitch over the fence in left. Two outs later, Virginia got two singles and an error to get another run in, shortstop Jake Benoit making up for his error by pegging out Colter Carton at third to end the inning.
The group from Great Falls took control of the game in the second with a walk and two singles before Volpicelli did the damage again, hammering a 2-1 pitch even farther over the wall in left.
The three-run blast put Virginia up 6-0 with no outs and ended the pitching stint of starter Trad Beatty. Virginia added two more in an inning that included a wild pitch and two passed balls.
South Carolina did manage to break the shutout in the second on Geters leadoff double, single by Jacob Wright and grounder from Garett Summers. But Virginias Iain Muir kept the damage at one run with a diving catch in right to strand Wright at third.
South Carolina avoided further damage in the third, with relief pitcher Ward Hacklen throwing out McQuaig at home, and then stranding two runners to end the inning.
Virginia pitcher McQuaig needed all of four minutes to sit South Carolina down in the third.
The winners added four more runs in the fourth as South Carolinas pitching and defensive woes continued.
South Carolina did get runners on in the bottom of the fourth in hopes of extending the game, but McQuaig got all three outs on strikeouts.