Mancini leads Endwell, New York, to Little League title game

The hometown heroes of the Goodlettsville All Stars got a big welcome back to town after their run in the Little League World Series.                      WTVF

The hometown heroes of the Goodlettsville All Stars got a big welcome back to town after their run in the Little League World Series. WTVF

On Sunday, the team of eleven 12- and 13-year-olds as well as their coaches capped off a ideal 24-0 season with the biggest victory of all: They beat powerhouse East Seoul, South Korea, 2-1, to win the Little League World Series championship at Williamsport's Howard J. Lamade Stadium in Pennsylvania. Shortstop Jungtaek Ru gave chase, but his over-the-shoulder effort came up short as Abbadessa scored the game's first run as Harlost advanced to third. He threw 3 1/3 innings of no-hit ball before Jude Abbadessa broke through in the fourth.

South Korea has gone 4-1 in Williamsport, but did win the 2014 Little League World Series Championship.

M-E also became the first team from NY to win a Little League World Series title since Mid-Island - a team from Staten Island - did so in 1964. He also scored the winning run on a passed ball in the fourth inning.

Jeong struck out nine in his five innings of work. After Jaekyeong Kim popped out to the third baseman, Sangheon Park drew a walk to put the tying run on second base, although he never got to score, as Minho Choi struck out swinging for the final out of the game.

The last time a US team won the title was in 2011.

"It just feels good to watch these kids play ball and how far they came". Can New York win its first title since 1964 or will South Korea make it two in three years?

Little League Team Welcomed Home In Goodlettsville                      WTVF
Little League Team Welcomed Home In Goodlettsville WTVF

According to the Associated Press, he earned a standing ovation from Endwell fans at Lamade Stadium when he exited in the fifth.

The team, which hails from New York's ME and Endwell towns, also won the sportsmanship award.

"It's just the best", Harlot said in a LLWS release. Then, Dundon drove in two runs, and Hopko and James Fellows each had an RBI for NY. They now face South Korea who beat Panama 7-2 earlier Saturday in the worldwide final.

Maine-Endwell topped Tennessee 4-2 in the US championship game on Saturday.

Most of New York's players had been on other teams together before.

South Korea then brought its infield in, and Conner Rush took advantage. Each had battled its way through a tough regular season schedule, and an even tougher series of district, state, and regional tournaments, for the right to compete in the Little League World Series.

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