Palma Ceia Little League from Florida Wins Junior League Baseball World Series Championship
Patrick Kiszla hit a two-run home run in the second inning to account for all the runs Palma Ceia Little League from Tampa, Fla., would need to win its first Junior League Baseball World Series title today. The Florida State Champions defeated Shing-Ming Junior Little League from Taoyuan, Chinese Taipei, 2-1, in the championship game.
The Junior League Baseball World Series is for players 13 and 14 years old and has been contested by Little League Baseball and Softball since 1981. The Junior League World Series has been played in Taylor, Mich. since its inception. The tournament is played at Heritage Park in the Detroit, Mich., suburb.
Kiszla followed a two-out single by teammate Trent Wessel with his home run off Asia-Pacific starter Chen Fei Lin. Kiszla also pitched the final two innings of relief , not allowing any hits, to earn his first save of the tournament. Kiszla retired all six batters he faced. Starter Jake Woodford went the first five innings for Palma Ceia Little League to earn his first victory. He gave up three hits while striking out three.
Chen Fei Lin went the distance for the Asia-Pacific Champions striking out six while allowing only four hits. Chin Ou had a two-out RBI double in the fourth inning to drive in the only run.
The new Junior League Baseball World Series Champions were the top seed in U.S. Pool posting a 4-0 record. They advanced to the title game with a 4-0 win over Sunnyside Little League from Tucson Ariz.
Shing-Ming Junior Little League was the top seed in the International Pool winning each of its four games. A 3-2 win over Coquivacoa Little League from Maracaibo, Venezuela, in the semifinals earned the team from Chinese Taipei a spot in the championship game.
Palma Ceia Little League is the fourth Junior League World Series champion from Florida. The last was Palma Ceia/Bayshore Little League in 2004.