support enough for Warren and Timoney
By David Graham-Caso
The Arabian-American Little League, out of
Dhahran, Saudi Arabia has appeared in 12 different Little League World
Series since 1987. It has been seven years since the team last
qualified for the single elimination round. The 2003 Transatlantic
champs made it very clear on Sunday afternoon that they were doing
everything possible to make sure that their streak of short trips to
the series would end.
Dhahran defeated the Glace Bay Little
League All-Stars from Nova Scotia, Canada 3-2 Sunday afternoon at
“It is nice to have that first win and
still feel like we have a lot more to show,” Transatlantic manager
Phillip Warren said. “Canada is a strong team, so it feels nice to get
this first win.”
The Transatlantic champs put a run across
in the first inning when Thomas Timoney came home on a Lee Aberle
ground out to the pitcher.
“We usually start off
small like that,” Aberle said. “Either that or we start by having a
huge inning and score a lot of runs.”
Warren’s plethora of off speed pitches
kept the Canadian team hacking all game with nothing to show for their
effort. Glace Bay was at Warren’s mercy for the majority of six inning
contest. Two of Canada’s three hits were barely hit at all: a
bunt-single in the first inning and an infield single in the sixth,
both by speedster Kenny Routledge. Warren was the pitcher of record,
throwing 5.0 innings and striking out nine.
Dhahran plated two more in the bottom of
the fifth inning. Shaan Bukhari crossed home on a wild pitch and
Aberle scored on an overthrow from Canada shortstop Daniel Lewis. The
insurance runs would prove to be crucial.
In the top of the
sixth, with Warren still cruising, R.J. Barrett crushed a fastball
well over the left-centerfield fence. Barrett’s two-run homer brought
the Glace Bay team to within a single run.
“Except for that last
inning, I felt like I pitched pretty good,” Warren said.
Not wanting to take any chances,
Transatlantic manager Phillip Warren brought in Timoney for the save
opportunity. Timoney allowed the tying run to reach second on a wild
pitch before he closed the door on Canada with back-to-back
wasn’t nervous at all when I came in,” Timoney said. “I was more
excited because I wanted to pitch.”
The Arabian American Little League next
takes on Curacao Monday at noon at Volunteer stadium. A win tomorrow
would virtually assure a berth in the next round for Dhahran.