Pitcher Hits Two Home Runs as South Caroline Little League of Preston, Md., Earns Final Berth in 2004 Little League Baseball World Series
Payne hit a solo home run leading off the top of the first inning, and belted a two-run homer in the second inning, then shutdown Deep Run Valley Little League of Hilltown, Pa., with a five-hit complete game to help the South Caroline Little League earn the final berth in the 2004 Little League Baseball World Series. The Mid-Atlantic champions won the six-team tournament by defeating Deep Run Valley, 4-1, on Breen Field at the A. Bartlett Giamatti Little League Baseball Leadership Training Center in Bristol, Conn.
After staking his team to a 3-0 lead, Payne became locked in a pitcher’s duel with Deep Run’s Sean Coyle. Coyle went the distance, allowing three hits, while striking out eight, and walking five. Payne, who threw a no-hitter in the regional, struck out six, and walked two.
Coyle contributed to Deep Run’s only run, as he hit a sacrifice fly that scored Tim Eversole in the third inning. Payne would work out of a bases loaded situation in that inning. South Caroline added a run in the sixth inning as Thomas Howe, who was hit by a pitch, later scored on a throwing error by the Deep Run catcher.
Avenging a 4-1 loss to Deep Run earlier in the regional, South Caroline Little League finished the Mid-Atlantic Region Tournament with as 4-2 record, and is the fifth team from Maryland to reach the Little League Baseball World Series. The last Maryland entry in the World Series was Brunswick Little League of Brunswick, Md., in 1986. Maryland has never played for the Little League Baseball World Series championship.
The rest of the field for the 2004 Little League Baseball World Series is: Lincoln Little League of Lincoln, R.I.; East Nepean Little League of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada; Arabian American Little League of Dhahran, Saudi Arabia; Conejo Valley East Little League of Thousand Oaks, Calif.; Redmond North Little League of Redmond, Wash.; Lamar National Little League of Richmond, Texas; Owensboro Southern Little League of Owensboro, Ky.; Davenport Northwest Little League of Davenport, Iowa; Morganton Little League of Morganton, N.C.; Kutno Little League of Kutno, Poland; Curundu Little League of Panama City, Panama; Shou Tien Little League of Kaohsiung, Chinese Taipei; Saipan Little League of Saipan, Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands; Pabao Little League of Willemstad, Curacao, Netherlands Antilles; and Linda Vista Little League of Guadalupe, Mexico.
The Little League Baseball World Series for 11-12-year-olds will be played in Williamsport, Aug. 20-29.
ABC will televise the Little League Baseball World Series U.S. championship game on Aug. 28, at 7:30 p.m. The world championship game of the Little League Baseball World Series can be seen live on ABC at 6:30 p.m., on Aug. 29. Twenty-five other World Series games will be televised on ESPN or ESPN2 for a total of 27 games on national television.
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