When the last out of the 70th Little League Baseball World Series was marked in the scorebook, and Maine-Endwell Little League from New York began to celebrate its 2-1 victory over South Korea's East Seoul Little League it had made its own history.
A World Championship Game win was the first by a United States Champion since Huntington Beach, Calif., took the title in 2011. As a region, Mid-Atlantic became champ for the first time since 1998, when Toms River (N.J.) East Little League (from the East Region), powered by current Major Leaguer Todd Frazier, captured the banner.
Ryan Harlost picked up the complete-game victory, scattering five hits, allowing one run, and one walk, while striking out eight Asia-Pacific batters on Sunday at Howard J. Lamade Stadium. Harlot also scored one his team's two fourth-inning runs after reaching safely with a base hit. Conner Rush, the coach's son, drove in the game's first run with a single to short left field.
"It's just the best," Harlot said of being world champions. "This was our goal the whole tournament season."
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Moments after the game ended, Maine-Endwell Manager Scott Rush called the experience of winning the World Series, "Priceless." Of his opponent he said, “That is a great team, so we knew it wasn’t going to be easy.”
The 2016 World Champs became the first New York team to win the World Series since the 1964 Mid-Island Little League from Staten Island; and just the third team from the Empire State to be crowned Little League Baseball champion, also joining the 1954 team from Schenectady.
“I couldn’t have asked for 11 better attitudes than I got from these kids,” said Mr. Rush.
Asia-Pacific scored one run in the fifth on a solo homer by Yoomin Lee. The loss was the second of the tournament for the Asia-Pacific Region representatives, and the second all-time for South Korea in Little League Baseball World Series play.
Junho Jeong was the game's losing pitcher, despite giving up just three hits, not walking a batter, and fanning nine in four innings.
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