By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Maine-Endwell New York, who represented the Mid-Atlantic region, has captured the Little League World Series. They defeated the South Korea team, who represented the Asia-Pacific region, 2-1, in the Championship game from Howard J. Lamade Stadium.
Maine-Endwell needed 11 players to go a perfect 24-0 record this summer. It’s also New York’s first Championship at South Williamsport, Pa. since 1964.
“To win it all is the best,” Pitcher Ryan Harlost said. He gave up a run and struck out eight batters in the game, while pitching a complete game.
He gave a solo home run in the top of fifth inning to Yoomin Lee. Then, he calmed down and closed out the game.
“Coach (Joe Mancini) said it was going to be a close game,” Harlost said. “It’s amazing, it’s the best.”
Maine-Endwell used a two-run fourth inning to get the lead. They used small ball to get the first run, before the second run came on a wild pitch.
Maine-Endwell is the third overall champion from the State of New York. They join Staten Island, New York, who won in 1964. Schenectady, New York also won in 1954.
The New York team is the first United States Champion to win it all since Huntington Beach, Calif., who defeated Japan, 2-1, in 2011.
Seoul, South Korea Little League team dropped its first two losses ever at the Little League World Series in this tournament. They’re going home 15-2 and lost for the first-time in the overall championship.
In the 23 game of the tournament, Asia-Pacific lost 3-2 to Latin America. Then, they had to battle back to get to the title game, including Sat.’s International Championship win over Latin America.
Then, in today’s game, they also lost to an Endwell team.
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