After ten days of battling it out for youth baseball bragging rights, the town of Endwell, New York has won the Little League World Series.
Team New York captured its first Little League World Series in more than 50 years on Sunday, after defeating South Korea 2-1 in the tournament’s finals. It’s New York’s first title as a state since 1964. After combining for 17 runs in their last two games, New York’s pitching led the way to victory.
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Ryan Harlost and Jonjo Jeong were in a pitching duel all afternoon. New York scored first on a bloop single in the fourth while adding another run in the same inning on a passed ball. The two runs were all Harlost needed, as aside from a Yoomin Lee fifth inning home run, he controlled all potential damage. Harlost struck out eight batters in a complete-game victory. It was a hell of a performance.
With the victory, it’s the first time since a U.S. team has won the tournament since California in 2011.
New York justly won the tournament and now have bragging rights for a year. Congratulations to them for winning it all. It took an inspired effort. Considering the 11-13 age range of players, congratulations should also be given to each team who competed. Representing your country or state is an honor and all the kids did well on the big stage – regardless of tournament results.