Friday, August 9, 2013


Jonathan Tobias Miller, a Challenger Division player in Pennsylvania's Jersey Shore/GSV Little League, was visiting the World of Little League today with his family. He took time to raise the Iowa flag at the Viewing Plaza in celebration of the Midwest Region Championship Game.
South Williamsport, PA - Urbandale (Iowa) Little League battled Minnesota’s Coons Rapid Andover American Little League even through five innings, then took advantage of a passed ball in the bottom of the sixth inning to win the Midwest Region Championship game, 3-2, Friday afternoon at Stokely Field in Indianapolis.

Special pinch-runner Joshua Neyens, charged home from third base with the winning run after Coon Rapids catcher Matthew Broduer was unable to glove an offering from relief pitcher Lucas McCain with one out in the bottom of the sixth inning.

With single runs in the first and second inning, Urbandale Little League (5-1 in regional play) built a 2-1 lead. A fifth-inning run by Coon Rapids Andover American Little League tied the score, 2-2 heading into the last inning of regulation.

Brady Roberts held the Minnesota state champions, who were undefeated entering the game (5-0), in check through four innings. He worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the fifth inning by helping himself with a putout on a ground ball to the mound that ended the threat. Carter Troncin closed out the top of sixth inning, setting up Urbandale Little League with the chance to close out the game.

In the decisive bottom of the sixth inning, Neyens, running for Roberts, was moved to second and third by a walk and infield single.

In the win, Lucas Strain highlighted the offense with a run-scoring double for Urbandale Little League. Minnesota’s Carsen Syke doubled and later scored his team’s first run among his team’s three hits.

Urbandale Little League, the Midwest Region Champion, went 3-1 in pool play, and needed 11 innings, the longest game in Midwest Region history, to defeat Kearney (Neb.) Little League, 4-3, in the semifinal. This will be 10th time Iowa is represented in the Little League Baseball® World Series. Learn more about the Midwest Region Tournament.

The Midwest Region Champion is scheduled to play against the Mid-Atlantic Region Champion in the fourth game of the U.S. bracket at the 2013 Little League Baseball World Series on Friday, Aug. 16 at 8 p.m. on Lamade Stadium. The Mid-Atlantic Region Champion will be decided on Sunday, Aug. 11 in Bristol, Conn., at 6 p.m. Learn more about the Mid-Atlantic Region Tournament. All games at the Little League Baseball World Series will be broadcast on the ESPN family of networks, the Watch ESPN app or ABC.

The 67th Little League Baseball World Series begins on Thursday, Aug. 15 in South Williamsport, Pa., with the Championship Game scheduled for 3 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 25. For more information on the Series and to follow the action live, visit