Sunday, August 25, 2013

Mexico Beats New England 15-14 in High-Scoring Contest

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From Little League By George Thompson 
If you’re a fan of high-scoring games and plenty of action, then the consolation game between the New England Region Champions from Westport, Conn., and the Mexico Region Champions from Tijuana, Baja California had you on the edge of your seat more than once. That was the case for Little League® fans at Howard J. Lamade Stadium on Sunday, when Mexico sent four home runs over the outfield wall on their way to a 15-14 victory, earning them third place at the Little League Baseball® World Series in South Williamsport, Pa.

“I’m very proud of my kids,” manager Francisco Fimbres said. He said that everyone in Tijuana, and Mexico as a whole, should be proud of what they accomplished.

The players expressed their pride in their team as well after the game.

“We’re definitely very happy,” left-fielder Luis Manzo said. “We’re very proud of this team.”

Mexico wasn’t the only team hitting home runs though, as New England smacked five home runs of their own, none more important than the back-to-back homers in the top of the fifth by Harry Azadian and Matt Stone.

With runners on the corners and his team down by four, Azadian made contact and made it count, sending a three-run shot over the right-field wall and cutting Mexico’s lead down to one. Then, with a chance to tie it with one swing of the bat, Stone stepped up and delivered, sending the ball sailing past center field for a home run, tying the game at eleven.

Mexico would come right back with four runs of their own in the next inning, to jump put to a 15-11 lead. New England had an exciting go at a comeback in the final inning, again cutting Mexico’s lead to one with a three-run dinger off the bat of Chad Knight for his second of the day, but it wouldn’t be enough.

Despite the loss, New England manager Tim Rogers said he was proud of his team for not getting down on themselves and battling back. He added that he was also proud of how competitive they are. “We’re leaving feeling good.”

Rogers also said that, even though they lost, they were one of the last two American teams playing, and one of the last four Little League teams playing worldwide this year, and that is something to feel pleased about.

Ultimately, the time Rogers and his players from Connecticut spent in South Williamsport has created special memories that will last him a lifetime. “It’s just amazing,” he said.

The completion of the game marks the end of the tournament for New England and Mexico, but both sides are sure to share Rogers’ sentiments about their experiences at the 2013 Little League Baseball World Series.