|Chula Vista California, Little League World Series|
This year the tournament showcased an already proven international champion from Tokyo and a US champion from Chula Vista. Japan was playing in its fourth straight title game. Two perennial little league baseball powers, California and Japan, played a competitive game.
Chula Vista did well and had an early 2-0 lead. Japan would later tie the game at 2 runs apiece. Finding themselves trailing again (4-3), Tokyo homered to knot the game at 4. The final was 6-4 in Favor of the Champions from Tokyo, who scored two runs off of a double to take the lead for good. Big ups to both squads, congratulations Tokyo. Obviously the youngsters from California deserve to be celebrated as well. They played some exciting baseball in reaching the title game. They're all champs in my book.
Early on in the tournament Chula Vista had great performances on the mound and heroics at the plate to advance through a feisty US bracket. Grant Holman threw a no hitter and blasted a walk off grand slam and would go on to hit another game winning bomb. That second winning shot came in an extra-innings nail biter against Westport, Connecticut, whom they would face again in the USA championship. Chad Night is a gamer (CT). But it was the young athlete playing second base and leading it off for Chula Vista, Micah Pietila-Wiggs, that had the quiet swagger. Kid had it on lock down. He's a tremendous lead-off hitter who possess speed, even for his age, while also playing impressive defense. His game is just correct, he knows what to do, like breaking up double plays and taking away extra base hits. I'm interested to know what his batting average and on base percentage were throughout the little league world series. He seemed to have multi hit games every time out.
|Lamade Stadium, Center Field|
Congratulations to all of the young teams that were able to compete at Howard J. Lamade Stadium. It's always great to watch the youth promote sportsmanship. Well done.