South Dakota State Champions, Canyon Lake LL from Rapid City's talented offense lead them to the Midwest Region Championship win over Nebraska State Champions, Kearney LL 15-4 on Friday at Stokley Field in Indianapolis, Ind., after an eight-run rally in the fourth inning.
This is the second time in the 68-year history of the Little League Baseball® World Series that a team from Canyon Lake Little League, has advanced to South Williamsport, Pa. In 2008, Canyon Lake went 0-3 in the Little League Baseball World Series, losing their last game to the eventual champions from the West Region, Waipio Little League from Waipahu, Hawaii. This is the third time that a team from South Dakota has advanced to the World Series. Canyon Lake Little League's graduates include Becky Hammon, who was recently named a coach for the San Antonio Spurs. Ms. Hammon played Little League Softball® at Canyon Lake during the 1980s.
Canyon Lake scored in the fourth on a single by Cooper Voorhees, an RBI single by Daniel Vigoren, a two-run home run by Blake Weaver, and a three-run home run by Dylan Richey.
The game was back-and-forth heading into the third, with five lead changes.
South Dakota finally managed to grab the lead after a strong third inning. A sacrifice fly by Mason Litz scored Matthew Hegre and gave Canyon Lake the lead for good.
Richey racked up five RBIs on three hits for Canyon Lake.
Hegre got it done on the bump on the way to a win. He allowed one run over three innings. Hegre struck out four, walked one and gave up two hits.
Brandt Groskreutz lasted two innings on the rubber for NE-Kearney LL before the call to the bullpen. Groskreutz allowed four hits and five runs.
Kearney LL answered Canyon Lake's LL top inning with three runs of its own in the first. Nebraska scored on a wild pitch and a two-run double by Jaxon Worley.
The lead was Canyon Lake's to lose after third inning. More runs came home on an RBI double by Vigoren and two singles.
The Midwest Region Champions will face the West Region Champions on Thursday, Aug. 14, at 7 p.m. at Lamade Stadium, airing on ESPN. The West Region Championship Game will be decided on August 9 in San Bernardino, Calif. All games at the Little League Baseball World Series will be broadcast on the ESPN family of networks, the Watch ESPN app or ABC.
The 68th Little League Baseball World Series begins on Thursday, Aug. 14 in South Williamsport, Pa., with the Championship Game scheduled for 3 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 24, airing on ABC. The World Series will culminate the year-long celebration of the 75th Anniversary of Little League. For more information on the Series and to follow the action live, visit llbws.org. To learn more about Little League’s 75th Anniversary, visit LittleLeagueBigLegacy.com.
The 2014 Little League Baseball Midwest Region Champions, Canyon Lake Little League (South Dakota).
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