Endwell Brings LLWS Title Back to US

Zach Mc Williams was outstanding again on Sunday. Gene J. Puskar- AP

South Korea threatened in the final inning.

Obama called Maine-Endwell Saturday after the team captured the U.S. Championship. According to the Little League World Series website, they take into account the team's behavior in the dormitories, dining hall and interview room as well as their performance on the field. Over half the roster returned from last season when NY fell to eventual World Series runner-up Red Land in the Mid-Atlantic Region final.

Others traveled hours, just for the love of the game.

So this is the 1st Little League world series win for the state of New York since 1964, And the Town Endwell New York brought the Little League World series championship back to the United States for the 1st time since 2011.

For the boys from Endwell, their name would prove to be prophetic. The last NY team to win a title was in 1964 (Stanton Island) and the last time an upstate team represented with a title was in 1954 (Schenectady).

There were over 23,000 fans in attendance for Sunday's game. At home, millions more tuned in on TV and the internet.

South Korean starter Junho Jeong matched Harlost through the first three innings before succumbing to Maine-Endwell's rally in the fourth. In this all important, winner-take-all championship game, NY won the coin toss, electing to be the home team.

Jeong struck out nine in his five innings of work. In what would be a one-run game, the play would later have huge implications. For good measure, he fanned the side in the top of the fourth. They took advantage of mistakes, like when Harlost (he had a busy day) scored the winning run on a passed ball in the fourth inning.

Asia-Pacific scored one run in the fifth on a solo homer by Yoomin Lee. Harlost followed with a base hit to right, and when the cut-off man threw late to third, he advanced to second. "I'm really proud of my team".

Maine-Endwell is ending their season with a 24-0 record.

Thompson says he had to come and see NY play.



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