The Kids Are All Right
All’s well that ends well — thanks to the Little Leaguers from Maine-Endwell, N.Y.
The U.S. won its first Little League World Series title in five years Sunday, but it wasn’t easy. The opposing team from South Korea came out strong, hitting what looked to be a home run from Sangheon Park early in the second inning until James Fellows made this crazy catch:
The South Korean team didn’t give up a hit until the bottom of the fourth inning. By then, pitcher Junho Jeong had struck out nine batters from the Maine-Endwell, N.Y.-based team. But that half-inning was all the U.S. boys needed, as that one hit led to another and another, until three singles in a row led to an RBI by Connor Rush. One wild pitch later, and the score was 2–0 USA.
New York pitcher Ryan Harlost only allowed five hits the entire game; you’ve seen one, and another was the homer by Yoomin Lee in the fifth inning to close the score to 2–1, the eventual final score. South Korea threatened again in the sixth inning with two runners on base, but Harlost struck out Minho Choi to end the game and bring his team’s undefeated season to a close.
The team’s big game didn’t go unnoticed; they got a phone call from President Obama as well as some online recognition.
From New York’s governor:
From the Pittsburgh Pirates center fielder:
And from the New York Mets organization:
Congrats on the perfect season, Maine-Endwell!