Tuesday, August 25, 2015

THE MOST EXCITING INNING IN BASEBALL

Photo courtesy of Little League Baseball®
By Trevor Endler
Sunday night featured one of the best innings at the Little League Baseball® World Series so far with the Pennsylvania home town favorites, Mid-Atlantic’s Red Land Little League, facing off against Northwood Little League from the Southeast. The sixth inning was full of drama, including two lead changes, and a walk-off winning score.


The game started off with a big first inning for the Red Land team giving them a five-run lead after a 1-2-3 inning on defense. With another score and two more hitless innings on defense the game seemed out of reach for the Southeast Region champion. However, after a four run fourth, the game was back within two with two innings remaining.

All of this exciting early-on action was the set up for the best inning in baseball. In front of over 34,000 fans in Lamade Stadium, Jaden Henline was on the mound for Red Land with a two-run cushion heading into the sixth. With two outs and no one on base, the game seemed all but over for Southeast.

Braden Golinski fell behind early in his at bat, just one strike away from ending the game. He fought off pitch after pitch to stay alive and kept his team in the game. Golinski’s hard work was rewarded with a base hit and the start of a rally for the record books.

The next two batters loaded the bases all with two outs to try and complete the comeback against one of the toughest teams in the World Series. Brock Myers stepped up to the plate for South Carolina and smacked a triple to empty the bases and give his team their first lead of the game. With another run brought in by a single from Gage Laymon, Red Land was down two heading into the bottom of the sixth.

The lead-off hitter for Red Land Little League took pitcher Ryan Soug deep resulting in a home-run bringing the lead down to one. Both of the next two batters reached base bringing up Cole Wagner with the winning run on first. With the hitting power shown by Wagner just a few days earlier against the Midwest where he hit two homeruns, including a grand slam, Southeast’s manager decided to intentionally walk him to load the bases.

With no outs and the bases loaded, Henline stepped up looking to end the game. And that is just what he did. On the fourth pitch of the at bat, Henline hit a screamer up against the leftfield fence to bring home the winning run, and thus ending a super-charged, one-for-the-books sixth inning.

This article posted with permission of Little League Baseball®.

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