It's been a great day.
The Challenger game was awesome. Watching those kids having so much fun...I tell ya....it puts tears in your eyes. A wonderful experience for the kids, buddies, volunteers, and us umpires.
|All the Challenger players war honored at the ceremony before the game.|
My game (International Championship between Latin America and Japan) was a well played game. It appears Japan's pitching and offense was better, and the final score showed that. My hat's off to the Latin America team, they worked very hard to get to the International Championship.
I watched the U.S. Championship from the stands. Wow...what a show of offense. Final score looked like a football game score. The West was down by 10 runs (15 - 5) going to their last at bat...and they score 10 to tie it for extra innings! (15 - 15). Then Tennessee answers back with 9 more runs in the 7th. I'll bet all the nail salons are booked for tomorrow as I'm sure all those Little League Moms bit their fingernails down to the nubs. Anyway, Tennessee wins it and goes to the Final Championship tomorrow. The West team has a lot of "heart" ....they showed that on the field.
|Final score. Bottom of the 6th (West) is a 10, not a 0.|
Schedule for tomorrow, Sunday, Final Games:
Consolation Game West vs Latin America
11:00 am EST (8:00 am your time) ESPN
Plate Martin Weber (Germany)
1st Bruce Dinkel (New Mexico)
2nd Robbie Guest (Georgia)
3rd Marty Jones (West Virginia)
LF Dale Blevins (Virginia)
RF Juan Garza (Texas)
World Series Championship Game South East vs Japan
3:00 pm EST (12:00 noon your time) ABC and ESPN 3D
Plate Dan Campagnolo (California)
1st Darrin Besescheck (Connecticut)
2nd Jose Chaparro (Puerto Rico)
3rd Chet Cooper (Ohio)
LF Tony Cooper (California)
RF Terry Stansberry (Texas)
That's right...you read it correctly...I'm doing the plate at the final Championship game.
This is a dream come true!
Be sure to tune in.