Sunday, September 4, 2016
The Champs Are Just 75 Miles From Us
Love for the game of baseball gets an added kiss during the month of August when the Little League World Series takes place in South Williamsport, Pa. and now the Sullivan County border line in Roscoe is only 76 miles from Maine-Endwell the home of the 2016 Little League World Champions.
This great event captured the minds and television sets of millions of baseball fans and many New Yorker's were more then glued to Channel 7 over the weekend of August 27-28 to see the undefeated Maine-Endwell team win the United States Championship 4-2 against Goodlettsville, Tenn. on Saturday and then edge South Korea's East Seoul team 2-1 for the Little League World Series Championship Sunday.
Pitching is always a key to winning championships in baseball and outstanding performances by Maine-Endwell's Michal Mancini the winner of Saturday's game and Ryan Harlot Sunday's winner showed why good pitching controls good hitting.
Loved watching these two young pitchers. Harlot picked up the complete-game victory Sunday scattering one run and one walk while striking out eight Asia-Pacific (South Korea) batters.
Harlot also scored one of his team's two fourth-inning runs after reaching safely on a base hit.
This now famous world-wide sporting event displayed a high level of excitement and with the win by Maine-Endwell it all has bolstered Little League continued growth in the Empire state.
This World Championship win by Maine-Endwell 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 Tom River, NJ won.
The great experience of Little League baseball is alive and well.
The Maine-Endwell Little League World Championship team.