2007 Little League World Series
The 2007 Little League World Series was the 61st edition of the Little League World Series, held in Williamsport, PA. The championship was won by Warner Robins, GA, giving Georgia repeat champions.
- Walpole, MA 3, Hamilton, OH 2. CF Michael Rando makes a game-saving catch with two outs, one on and a one-run lead in the bottom of the final inning (the sixth), snaring a long drive from John Cornett. Samuel Falkson got the win for Walpole.
- Warner Robins, GA 9, Lake Oswego, OR 4. Zake Conlon hit two run-scoring doubles as Warner Robins cruised.
- Tokyo 10, Willemstad 3. In a match of historical powerhouses, Willemstad is held hitless after the first as Tokyo wins easily.
- Maracaibo 2, Taichung 1. Miguel Romero's double with two outs in the sixth settles the second close game of the day.
- Chandler, AZ 16, Salisbury, MD 6. Clay Bellinger is coaching first base for Arizona as his son Cody goes 4 for 5 with a 2-run homer as Chandler, Arizona collects 10 extra-base hits in this easy win.
- Lubbock, TX 6, Coon Rapids, MN 0. Garrett Williams strikes out the first 17 batters but fails to become the third pitcher in LLWS history to fan all 18 when the new pitch count rules force his exit with one out to go.
- Hamilton, OH 10, Warner Robins, GA 2. Tyler Richards pitches well after the first inning and Brandon Green smacks a 2-run homer for Hamilton as they go to 1-1.
- Mexicali 11, Apeldoorn 1. The game is halted after 4 innings due to the mercy rule as the Dutch team gets clobbered. Isaac Camano drives in four for the Mexicans.
- White Rock, BC 13, Dhahran 5. Jackson Temple hits a 3-run homer as part of an 8-run Canadian fifth to break open a close game.
- Lubbock, TX 5, Chandler, AZ 1. A day after their slugfest show, Chandler is shut down by Zane Ancell, who fans 11 and adds a homer. Bryndan Arredondo homers twice for Texas.
- Lake Oswego, OR 1, Walpole, MA 0. Reid Penney hits the game's lone homer while Mitch Lomax fans 8. Walpole rallies in the bottom of the 6th on a double by John Adams and a walk to Brian Wolpe but Calvin Hermanson retires Samuel Falkson to end it.
- Coon Rapids, MN 4, Salisbury, MD 3. Tanner Lowe hits the deciding homer in the bottom of the 6th to break a 3-3 tie.
- Taichung 11, Apeldoorn 1. Apeldoorn again is knocked out in 4 innings as the mercy rule is applied.
- Willemstad 2, Dhahran 0. Vincent Anthonia one-hits the Saudis while striking out 15 and walking one.
Games were rained out. The big news of the day came when former George W. Bush press secretary Ari Fleischer, a lobbyist for metal bat companies, used the forum to argue against bans on metal bats.
- Tokyo 7, White Rock, BC 1. Ryo Ogawa drives in two while allowing two hits in over 5 innings in a two-way effort.
- Lake Oswego, OR 6, Hamilton, OH 1. Austin Andrews starts off the game with a home run and Lake Oswego never looks back.
- Maracaibo 21, Apeldoorn 2. Venezuela scored 18 in the first two innings and the mercy rule ends the game after four. Both Omar Villalobos and Miguel Romero hit two homers.
- Coon Rapids, MN 4, Salisbury, MD 3.
- Warner Robins, GA 8, Walpole, MA 1. Payton Purvis drives in two as Georgia advances to the semifinals.
- Taichung 4, Mexicali 2.
- Willemstad 6, White Rock, BC 2.
- Maracaibo 11, Mexicali 1. The Mexicans drop their second of the day in a rough stretch.
- Chandler, AZ 9, Coon Rapids, MN 2.
- Warner Robins, GA 16, Chandler, AZ 6. Payton Purvis again leads the way, this time with two two-run homers. The game is ended in the fifth due to the mercy rule.
- Lubbock, TX 8, Lake Oswego, OR 2. Bryndan Arredondo hammers a three-run home run to help Lubbock rally from an early 2-0 deficit. Garrett Williams shines in relief.
- Tokyo 4, Taichung 3. In a 10-inning game (one shy of the LLWS record), Japan rallies to win. They had trailed 3-2 with one out left in the sixth inning and faced elimination when Kazutaka Kato's liner dropped in front of CCF Chung-Yen Chen, scoring Yuya Fukushima. Junsho Kiuchi struck out 9 in 5+ relief innings for the win - and hit the game-winning homer.
- Willemstad 4, Maracaibo 2. In the most dramatic game of the tournament yet, the two teams were tied at 1 after the regulation six innings were played. In the 7th, Bryan Charry homered to give Venezuela the edge. In the bottom of that inning, they were down to two outs and two strikes. With a full count against Reinaldo Amaro, Ademar Rifaela singled. Vincent Anthonia then coaxed a walk. That brought up Deion Rosalia, who fell behind 1-2 to again put Willemstad one strike away from elimination. Rosalia, who later said he just was trying to make contact, then hit a 3-run homer over the right field fence to knock out Venezuela and keep Curacao's hopes alive.
August 25; Semifinals
- Warner Robins, GA 5, Lubbock, TX 2. A solo homer by Dalton Carriker and a two-run single by David Umphreyville Jr. in the third put Georgia up 4-0 but a homer by Garrett Williams in the bottom of the frame closed it to 4-2. The outcome may have been quite different had Lubbock pitcher Zane Ancell not been injured in a home plate collision. A bases-loaded walk gave Georgia its final run. One key play came when Zane Conlon snared a liner by Bryndan Arredondo with two men in scoring position to end one inning.
- Tokyo 7, Willemstad 4. Curacao almost won this one, leading 4-3 going into the bottom of the final inning. With one out, Japan got two men aboard and Masayo Ogino legged out a hard grounder to third base. That brought up Ryo Kanekobu, who took a 2-2 pitch over the fence in left-center field for a game-ending grand slam as Japan maintained their flare for the dramatic.
August 26; Finals and Consolation Game
- Championship Final: Warner Robins, GA 3, Tokyo 2. For the third game in a row, Japan's contest ends on a homer. This time, though, they did not get the winning blast. After jumping off to a 2-0 start, they were stymied by RP Kendall Scott (10 K, 1 H in 5+ IP). The US rallied to send the game into extra inninga. In the bottom of the 8th, Dalton Carriker hit a shot to right field off of Junsho Kiuchi to give Georgia its second straight LLWS title and the US its third in a row. Carriker had hit .769 entering the game but was 0 for 2 with a walk before his decisive homer.
- Consolation Game: Lubbock, TX 1, Willemstad 0. Behind 5 2/3 no-hit innings and 14 strikeouts by Garrett Williams, Lubbock, Texas won the consolation game of the Little League World Series. After hitting the pitch limit, Williams was replaced by Taylor Bridges, who completed the no-hitter after walking two batters.
Source: Associated Press reports
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