Game 3
Southeast
 8 vs. Northwest 1
Friday, August 15, 2003
7:00PM ET
Oh Boynton!!
Boynton Beach overpowers Richland in Day One nightcap

By Mark Rogoff
Special Coorespondent

Florida’s Jordan Irene came to Williamsport after hitting just .231 (3-for-13) in the Southeast Regional Tournament. Not only that, he failed to knock in any runs during his team’s 5-game championship bid.

Those stats changed in a hurry Friday night against Richland, WA in Game 3 of the 57th Little League World Series.

Irene’s 3-run homer in the bottom half of the 2nd put the game out of reach for Richland as Boynton Beach, FL went on to win 8-1 in front of 4,700 at Volunteer Stadium.

Irene also laid down a sacrifice bunt in the first that led to Florida’s first run. He even got to pitch the final inning to nail down the win, striking out the side in his first appearance on the hill since tossing 2 scoreless frames in Florida’s 6-1 win over Georgia in Southeast Regional pool play.

“It feels good (to contribute to the win),” he said. “In batting practice I was hitting pretty good, and I hit pretty good in the game. It feels great.”

The Florida state champs scored 2 in the first to jump out to the early lead. Devon Travis led off with a single up the middle, and Michael Broad 2 batters later hit a 2-run homer to right-center field. The Atlantic Ocean-side Florida team scored in the first 4 frames, including 2 in the 3rd and one in the 4th.

“It felt great, especially with Mike on the mound,” said second baseman-turned-catcher Devon Travis of Broad’s first-inning home run.

While Irene and Broad took care of their offense, they also teamed up to shut down Washington’s. Broad gave up just one run on 4 hits in 5.0 innings of work prior to Irene’s one-inning stint.

Richland had managed to push across their run in the 2nd, which stemmed from a leadoff walk to Daniel Jacobs. The Washington second baseman advanced to 2nd on a wild pitch, 3rd on a passed ball, and home on another wild pitch, all as 2 different Florida catchers had a tough time handling Broad’s 75-m.p.h. fastballs.

“I know we were overmatched by that pitcher,” said Richland head coach Bob Jacobs. “He was good. We have not faced any heat like that this year. We haven’t faced an overpowering pitcher like that.”

Broad struck out 9, walked 3 and hit 3 batters.

“I know I did good, but I don’t think I did as good as I could have done,” he said. “I was a little wild.”

By no means was this the Michael Broad and Jordan Irene show. Eight of 9 starters reached base safely via a hit or walk. Six different players accounted for the runs scored.

“We’ve said this all year long,” said Boynton Beach head coach Ken Emerson. “This is truly an 11-man team. There’s always been someone who makes a key play.”

Whoever is next to make that play will earn his stripes Saturday evening against Tallmadge, OH at Volunteer Stadium.

“There’s a lot of good baseball ahead,” Emerson said.

US Southeast - East Boynton Beach(Home) vs. US Northwest - Richland National(Visitor)
Aug 15 2003 7:09 PM To 9:13 PM Volunteer Stadium, So. Williamsport, Pa.

Game Scoring By Inning:

1
2
3
4
5
6
R
H
E
US Northwest - Richland National
0
1
0
0
0
0
1
4
3
US Southeast - East Boynton Beach
2
3
2
1
0
x
8
8
1

Home Team Box Score:
US Southeast - East Boynton Beach
POS
AB
R
H
RBI
AP
As
PO
E
Travis, Devon
2b-c
2
3
2
0
3
0
10
0
Irene, Jordan
ss-p
2
1
1
3
3
0
2
0
Broad, Michael
p-ss
3
1
1
2
3
0
0
0
DeJesus, Richie
3b
3
0
1
0
3
0
0
0
Neal, R.J.
rf
3
0
2
0
3
0
0
0
Emerson, Cody
1b
2
1
0
0
3
0
3
0
Townend, Benny
cf
2
1
0
0
2
0
0
0
Overton, Matt
lf-cf
3
0
1
0
3
0
0
0
Weaver, Andrew
c
0
0
0
0
0
1
2
1
Mullen, Patrick
lf
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
Sabatino, Ricky
2b
1
1
0
0
2
3
1
0
Totals
21
8
8
5
26
4
18
1
 
Visiting Team Box Score:
US Northwest - Richland National
POS
AB
R
H
RBI
AP
As
PO
E
Jacobs, Brett
ss
3
0
1
0
3
0
0
1
Sikes, Trent
lf
1
0
0
0
3
0
0
0
Shepherd, Cody
p-3b
3
0
1
0
3
3
2
0
Rowe, Jamison
cf
2
0
1
0
3
0
0
0
Jacobs, Daniel
2b-p
2
1
0
0
3
1
1
0
Stumetz, Kyle
1b
2
0
0
0
2
0
4
0
Zorich, Quinn
c
2
0
1
0
3
0
5
1
Yardley, Eric
3b-rf-2b
3
0
0
0
3
1
1
0
Castleberry, Kelly
rf-p
2
0
0
0
3
2
0
1
Campbell, Kyle
1b
1
0
0
0
1
0
2
0
Hood, Evan
rf
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Sorensen, Bracken
lf
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Totals
21
1
4
0
27
7
15
3

Winning Pitcher: Broad, Michael Losing Pitcher: Shepherd, Cody
IP
R
ER
ERA
H
K
BB
HP
TP
KP
BP
US Southeast - East Boynton Beach
Broad, Michael
5.0
1
0
0.00
3
9
3
3
86
55
31
Irene, Jordan
1.0
0
0
0.00
1
3
0
0
16
14
2
US Northwest - Richland National
Shepherd, Cody
2.3
6
5
12.86
6
2
2
0
49
31
18
Castleberry, Kelly
1.7
2
0
0.00
2
2
1
0
38
23
15
Jacobs, Daniel
1.0
0
0
0.00
0
1
1
0
13
7
6
ERA computed assuming 6 innings per game
Boxscore produced by Score-It: www.scoreit.com

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