Montana Little League World Series
August 25, 2011 by staff
Montana Little League World Series, Ben Askelson hit a 0-1 curve on the hill beyond the left-field fence to send the kids to Billings, Mont., in the final U.S. the Little League World Series with a 1-0, seven-inning victory over Huntington Beach on Wednesday night.
Montana gets to rest until the U.S. Saturday’s championship, while California is facing Clinton County, Pennsylvania tonight.
Both teams had chances to keep the game going to extra innings. California cannot break after loading the bases with two outs in the top of the sixth.
As the game was close, too, with Mexico, beating Venezuela 2-1 to advance to the international final. In the ninth inning homer was the difference Bruno Ruiz.
Montana and California were locked in a pitchers’ duel until Askelson bigwig.
California Pratto starter Nick struck out nine in four innings, while Montana counterpart McKenzie Cole struck out four over 52? 3 innings with the help of timely defense.
He moved a couple of jams, including a bases-loaded threat in the second, which ended with a runner thrown out at home after a passed ball.
California loaded the bases with two outs in the sixth inning with two walks and a batter beaten, but Montana fans let out a collective sigh of relief after Hagen Danner lined the first pitch from reliever Sean Jones Askelson right to the left the entry-order.
In the first game, Homer Ruiz, center of a roll of 2-0 in the ninth broke another pitchers’ duel.
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