By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Louis Lappe. The Southern California teenager will be remembered forever.
Lappe hit the game-winning home run against Curaçao to win the 2023 Little League World Series in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania. It was the first time that Curaçao gave up a home run in the entire tournament.
The El Segundo, California (West Region) hitter helped California win 6-5 in the bottom of the sixth inning. This was the first straight Little League World Series Championship for a team from the United States.
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It is California’s first Little League World Series Championship since 2011.
California jumped on Curaçao early with a 2-0 lead in the first inning. Then, in the fifth innings, things turned around for the International team despite trailing 5-1.
Curaçao’s Nasir El-Ossais hit a grand slam to tie the game. El-Ossais hit the home run off of California pitcher Max Baker to tie the game.
This eventually led to a special moment for Lappe to go down in the record books forever. The home run by Lappe was his fifth of the tournament.
“My mentality was just get the next guy up and if we kept doing that, we would’ve won either way. But I’ll take the homer,” Lappe said after the victory.
California has won the Little League World Series Championship eight times. It is the most by any state in the United States.
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Ocean View Little League in Huntington Beach, California was the last California team to win it all in 2011 before this El Segundo, California team.
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