The U.S. set several team and individual 16U National Team records in the victory. The team set records set in hits (24), runs (28), RBIs (26) and triples (four).
Catcher Evan Powell (Lake Charles, La.) tied the individual record for most RBIs (seven), while left fielder Austin Cousino (Dublin, Ohio), shortstop Francisco Lindor (Clermont, Fla.) and Woods tied the team record for most runs scored in a single game (four).
The U.S. took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first. After Cousino drew a leadoff walk, Lindor doubled through the right side to drive in the first run of the game. Lindor would then advance to third on a groundout by second baseman Kevin Kramer (Turlock, Calif.). Powell then lifted a sacrifice fly to left to score Lindor.
A five-run second inning pushed the U.S. lead to 7-0. Hurst reached on an infield single to start the frame. Two batters later, Cousino singled up the middle to move Hurst to third. Cousino would then steal second, and Lindor would draw a walk to load the bases. Hurst then scored when Kramer was hit by a pitch. Cousino would then score on a wild pitch. Powell followed with a two-run single to center to drive in Lindor and Kramer before advancing to second on the throw to the plate. After Powell advanced to third on a wild pitch, right fielder Albert Almora (Hialeah, Fla.) capped the inning with a sacrifice fly to right to score Powell.
The U.S. scored five more runs in the top of the third to extend their lead to 12-0. Woods drew a two-out walk and stole second before scoring on an RBI double to left center by Cousino. Lindor then walked and Kramer singled off the pitcher's leg to load the bases for Powell. Powell then turned on a 1-1 offering and blasted a grand slam down the left-field line.
The Americans added 13 runs in the top of the fourth to take a 25-0 lead. First baseman Ricky Jacquez (El Paso, Texas) was hit by a pitch to begin the inning. After Jacquez moved to second on a balk, third baseman C.J. Hinojosa (Spring, Texas) crushed the first pitch he saw over the left field wall for a two-run homer. Hurst then drew a walk before advancing to third on a single to right-center by Woods. Cousino followed with a two-run stand-up triple to left-center, scoring Hurst and Woods. Lindor then grounded out to first to plate Cousino.
Chris Rivera (Anaheim, Calif.) came in to pinch-hit for Kramer and singled to center. Rivera would steal second before advancing to third on a single to left by pinch-hitter Shaun Chase (Phoenix, Ariz.). Almora then singled through the left side, scoring Rivera and moving Chase to second. After Chase and Almora both advanced a base on a wild pitch, pinch-hitter Kenny Mathews (Diamond Bar, Calif.) sent a sacrifice fly to left to drive in Chase. Almora would then move to third on a balk before scoring on an RBI single by Hinojosa. Hurst followed with an RBI triple to right and scored when the right fielder missed his cutoff man on the relay throw to the infield.
Woods kept the inning going with a triple to left-center. Pinch-hitter Cory Geisler (Spring, Texas) followed with an RBI single to right. Geisler would then advance to second on a balk before moving to third on a single by Lindor. Rivera capped the frame with a two-run single to left-center.
The U.S. sent 17 batters to the plate in the fourth inning and scored the 13 runs on 12 hits.
Mathews lined a one-out double down the right-field line to begin the top of the fifth. Hinojosa followed with an RBI single to center. Two batters later, Woods doubled to left to drive in Hinojosa. Geisler then laced an RBI triple to center to cap the scoring at 28-0.
Hurst (1-0) earned the win after striking out six batters and holding Hong Kong to only one hit in four innings of work. Woods pitched the fifth and struck out two batters to finish the game.
Powell paced the U.S. at the plate, finishing 2-for-2 with a grand slam, seven RBIs and two runs scored. Hinojosa was 3-for-5 with a home run, four RBIs and three runs scored, Cousino went 3-for-3 with a triple, a double, three RBIs and four runs scored, and Woods finished 3-for-4 with a triple, a double, four runs scored and an RBI.
Lindor went 2-for-3 with a double, four runs scored and two RBIs, Hurst was 2-for-3 with a triple, an RBI and three runs scored, and Geisler finished 2-for-2 with a triple, two RBIs and a run scored. Almora and Rivera both went 2-for-3 with two RBIs and a run scored, Kramer was 1-for-2 with an RBI and two runs scored and Mathews finished 1-for-1 with a double, an RBI and a run scored. Chase went 1-for-2 with a run scored and Jacquez scored once.
Yau Pang Ng (0-1) suffered the loss after surrendering eight runs on five hits in 2 2/3 innings pitched.
Catcher Cheuk Lam Kwok had the lone hit for Hong Kong, a double.
Team USA will face the Czech Republic on Sunday at 2 p.m. (2 a.m. EDT).