Game 15
New England 2 vs. Gulf States 5
Monday, August 20, 2001
2:00PM ET

Louisiana plays their Hart out

Jack Hart and his Louisiana team knew their game against Lincoln, Rhode Island didn’t mean much in the standings.  But that didn’t stop him or his team from finishing strong.

Hart tossed six innings, giving up three runs on just two hits.  He also struck out 10 Rhode Island hitters and did not issue a walk in Louisiana’s 5-2 victory over Rhode Island.

“I was just giving it all I had,” Hart said.  “I just wanted to see how good I could do.  I’m just glad we made it here.”

“It was an excellent performance,” added manager Ben Mount.  “He has been strong all tournament and he’s got really good endurance.  We told him to leave it all here, it being his last Little League game.”

Louisiana finished pool play with a record of 1-2.  Rhode Island dropped to 0-3.  Heading into the game, California and Indiana (the other two teams in the pool) clinched Pool A’s only two spots in the semifinal round.  Thus, the teams were playing for pride.

“It’s been a great experience for the kids,” Mount said.  “For me, I’ll never forget when the kids first arrived and got to see the stadium for the first time. 

“It’s been an unbelievable experience.  Everything is first class.  It would have been nice to stay, but I think we are ready to go home.”

The game’s first run came in the top half of the fourth inning.  Myrio Richard led off with a walk and went all the way to third on a wild pitch during the next at-bat.  Two pitches later in the same at-bat, he scored on a passed ball.

Three more runs came across that inning via two wild pitches and a passed ball.  Lousiana ended the frame up 4-0.

Richard would score again in the fifth to increase the Lousiana lead.

The insurance runs came into use when Rhode Island pulled to within three in the bottom half of the fifth.  Shortstop Tom Coulombe had a two-RBI single to make the score 5-2.  The base hit plated Chris Randall and Josh Peloquin.

Rhode Island went down in order in the sixth to end hopes of a possible comeback.

“We had our opportunities so that’s all you can ask for,” said Rhode Island manager Lou Abraham.  “There’s been one big inning that has got us in all three games.”

Abraham leaves Williamsport a retired baseball coach.

“It hasn’t sunk in that I won’t be back on the field every day,” he said.  “For the past 11 years it’s been great.  If I could write an ending to my story, (coaching in Williamsport) would be it.”

And for the players, playing at the Little League World Series isn’t a bad way to go out as well.

-  Mark Rogoff
Special Correspondent

Game Scoring By Inning:

1 2 3 4 5 6 R H E
US Gulf States 0 0 0 4 1 0 5 3 3
US New England 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 2 1
 

Home Team Box Score:

US New England POS AB R H RBI AP As PO E
Coulombe, Tom ss 3 0 1 2 3 2 3 1
McNaught, Jon cf 3 0 1 0 3 0 0 0
Borden, Kyle lf-c 3 0 0 0 3 0 2 0
Pickering, Chris p-1b 3 0 0 0 3 1 3 0
Carpentier, Matt 1b-p 2 0 0 0 2 1 7 0
Labossiere, Seth 3b 2 0 0 0 2 1 0 0
Booth, Alex rf 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
Peloquin, Josh 2b 1 1 0 0 2 5 0 0
Brothers, Mike c 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Calicchia, Steve lf 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
Dawber, Kevin 3b 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
Fletcher, Zach ph 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
Audette, Derek ph 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
Randall, Chris rf 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 0
Totals 22 2 2 2 24 10 18 1
 

Visiting Team Box Score:

US Gulf States POS AB R H RBI AP As PO E
Richard, Myrio
3b
2
2
1
0
3
2
0
0
Angelini, Carmen
ss
2
1
1
0
3
2
0
1
Kamla, Benjamin
2b
3
0
0
0
3
0
3
0
Carnaham, Austin
1b
3
0
0
0
3
0
3
2
Hart, Jack
p
1
1
0
0
3
0
0
0
Curet, Ross
rf
1
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
Todd, Ty
c
2
0
0
0
3
0
10
0
Moss, Samuel
lf
1
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
Karr, Ricky
cf
1
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
Jones, Jeffrey
lf
0
0
0
0
1
0
1
0
Ory, Steven
ph-cf
1
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
Ashford, Jared
lf
1
0
0
0
1
0
1
0
Guillot, Dylan
rf
2
1
1
0
2
0
0
0
Totals
20
5
3
0
26
4
18
3

Winning Pitcher: Hart, Jack 
Losing Pitcher: Pickering, Chris

IP R ER ERA H K BB HP TP KP BP
US New England
Pickering, Chris 3.7 4 3 4.91 1 3 5 0 72 40 32
Carpentier, Matt 2.3 1 0 0.00 2 2 1 0 41 24 17
US Gulf States
Hart, Jack 6.0 2 0 0.00 2 10 0 1 96 64 32

ERA computed assuming 6 innings per game

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