1998 Little League World Series
The 1998 Little League World Series was the 52nd Little League World Series. It featured teams from Cypress, CA, Jenison, MI, Toms River, NJ, Greenville, NC, Dhahran, Kashima, Ibaraki, Langley, BC and Guadalupe, Nuevo León. Toms River set a LLWS record with 38 walks for the tournament, with star Todd Frazier tying the individual record with 8 walks and the single-game record with four walks. Tetsuya Furukawa of Kashima hit 5 homers, tying for third-most, and a record for a non-Taiwanese player. Langley's Jeff Duda fanned 17 in a 3-2 loss to Kashima in the international championship game; Duda broke Sean Burroughs' record for Ks in a LLWS game.
The finale saw 11 homers, a record, and the losing squad scored 9 runs (also a record). Toms River beat Kashima, 12-9. Going deep were SS/P Frazier (4 for 4, 3 R), P/1B Casey Gaynor (3 for 3, 2 R, 3 RBI), 1B/2B Scott Fisher (2-run homer) and backup LF Chris Cardone (two homers). For Japan, 2B Furukawa went 4 for 4 with 3 home runs, P/LF/1B Tatsuya Sugata went 3 for 4 with two homers (but allowed 3 runs in 2/3 of an IP as the starter) and PH Masahiro Kuribayaski hit one home run. Takeshi Kato took the loss in relief. Cardone hit the winning 2-run homer in the 6th; prior to his two-homer day, the backup had one career home run and had been 1 for 10 in the Series. Japan was playing in their first finale since 1976 and the US won the title for the first time in five years.
Sources: 2012 LLWS Media Guide, 1999 Baseball Almanac
- Matt Ehalt: "20 years later, Todd Frazier still cherishes Little League World Series title", USA Today High School Sports, August 6, 2018.