Hawaii Wins Little League World Series
The team from Waipahu, Hawaii, defeated Matamoros, Mexico, 12-3 to bring home a fourth straight Little League World Series title for the United States.
From the Associated Press:
“USA! USA!” chanted the U.S.-partisan crowd on a warm, sunny afternoon as the players tossed their gloves into the air, then posed near the mound with the world championship banner.
A team from Ewa Beach, Hawaii, started the U.S. winning streak in 2005, with Little Leaguers from Georgia taking the prize the previous two years.
An exhausted Hawaii coaching staff lay sprawled on their back in the middle of the field after the game while their players took the traditional victory lap around Lamade Stadium.
Mexico entered the final with 10 homers and 38 RBIs, but the miscues weighed the team down. Mexico pitchers had nine walks and three wild pitches and hit three batters. The team also had three passed balls.
In the third-place game, Tsuyoki Setoguchi scored on a wild pitch in the bottom of the fifth inning to lead Tokyo to a 4-3 victory over Lake Charles. Kennon Fontenot had a two-run single for Louisiana.
Congratulations to Hawaii, and to all of the team’s who made it to Williamsport this year. Always looking forward to next year’s event. Thoughts?