Game 2
 Transatlantic vs. Asia
Friday, August 17, 2001
5:30PM ET

Tokyo opens International Pool Play with 4-2 win


In the first game of the 2001 Little League World Series played at Howard J. Lamade stadium, team Asia, represented by Tokyo Kitasuna Little League dominated the Transatlantic team from the Arabian American Little League.

It did not take long for Asian pitcher Kazuki Ohkawara to let his Transatlantic opponents and the 3,500 in attendance know that he was in charge. Ohkawara started the game off by striking out the first two batters he faced and did not allow a base hit until the third inning, when Blake Dieterich hit a bloop to shallow center.

Tokyo’s offense gave Ohkawara all of the run support that he needed. Leadoff hitter Yousuki Nomura scored on a passed ball in the bottom of the first, and then Tokyo put two more runs on the board in the second inning with Tsubasa Sumiyoshi and Ohkawara both crossing the plate.

The Arabian American All-Stars seemed to have a breath of life in the bottom of the fourth, with runners at the corners and Wesley Lee at the plate. Ohkawara, however, struck out Lee to get out of the jam.

Tokyo padded their lead in the bottom of the fifth, when Nomura scored on a Nobuhisa Baba double to the left-center gap.

Ohkawara was stellar through five innings. In the sixth, however, the Arabian American team found their bats. Craig Lumpa lead off the inning with a bunt single, and was moved over to third on a double by Cord Heine. Nikko Echevarria drove in Lumpa with a single, and Heine scored on Drew Crafton’s sacrifice fly to pull the transatlantic team to within two runs. After walking Jed Ibrahim, Ohkawara was lifted from the mound and replaced by Natsuki Sugisawa. 

“I really started to get tired in the fifth inning, I am not happy with how I pitched today,” Ohkawara said. 

Sugisawa loaded the bases with a walk before striking out Blythe Bumstead on a full count. With the bases full, his team behind by two runs and down to their last out, Nate Hunt fell victim to three nasty Sugisawa strikes. The strikeout ended the game, with Tokyo on top 4-2. 

“I was very nervous when I took over,” Sugisawa said. “I knew that we had to win, so I just concentrated on each batter as they came up.”

Arabian American manager Tommy Bumstead was pleased with his team’s showing in their first Little League World Series game, “My hat is off to these kids, they worked hard all summer long to get here and they played well today.”

Though potent enough to edge out the Arabian American All-Stars, Tokyo’s offense did not meet the expectations of manager Yohichi Kubo, “We want five runs a game,” Kubo said. “In this tournament it is very important to get at least five runs a game.”

David Graham-Caso
Special Correspondent

Game Scoring By Inning:
1 2 3 4 5 6 R H E
Transatlantic 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 5 0
Asia 1 2 0 0 1 x 4 4 0
 

Home Team Box Score:

Asia POS AB R H RBI AP As PO E
Nomura, Yuusuke 3b 1 2 0 0 3 0 0 0
Itoh, Masayuki cf 1 0 1 0 3 0 3 0
Mochizuki, Attsushi rf 3 0 0 0 3 0 1 0
Yamanome, Yuta 2b 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Sugisawa, Natsuki 1b-p 3 0 1 0 3 0 3 0
Suzuki, Tatsuya c 2 0 0 0 3 0 10 0
Sumiyoshi, Tsubasa lf 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0
Ohkawara, Kazuki p-1b 2 1 1 0 2 0 0 0
Ohno, Takaaki ss 1 0 0 0 1 2 1 0
Baba, Nobuhisa ph-2b 3 0 1 1 3 0 0 0
Mitsuhashi, Toshiya ph 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
Kawasaki, Yohei ph 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 0
Isono, Takumi cf 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Takewaki, Tomoharu lf 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 18 4 4 2 24 2 18 0
 

Visiting Team Box Score:

Transatlantic POS AB R H RBI AP As PO E
Lumpa, Craig
2b
3
1
1
0
3
0
2
0
Heine, Cord
1b
3
1
1
0
3
0
5
0
Echevarria, Nikko
ss
3
0
1
1
3
1
2
0
Crofton, Drew
p
2
0
1
1
3
3
0
0
Ibrahim, Jad
c
1
0
0
0
3
0
2
0
Lee, Wesley
cf
2
0
0
0
3
0
1
0
Blythe Bumstead
3b
2
0
0
0
2
0
1
0
Hunt, Nate
rf
3
0
0
0
3
0
1
0
Dieterich, Blake
lf
2
0
1
0
2
0
0
0
Conner, Trevor
3b
1
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
Hunter-Smith, Neil
lf
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
Latendresse, John
rf
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Totals
22
2
5
2
26
4
15
0

Winning Pitcher: Ohkawara, Kazuki 
Losing Pitcher: Crofton, Drew

IP R ER ERA H K BB HP TP KP BP
Asia
Ohkawara, Kazuki 5.3 2 2 2.25 5 7 2 0 87 56 31
Sugisawa, Natsuki .7 0 0 0.00 0 2 1 0 17 9 8
Transatlantic
Crofton, Drew 5.0 4 3 3.60 4 2 5 0 92 50 42

ERA computed assuming 6 innings per game

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