Championship Notebook: Georgia Keeps ‘em Guessing
By Brandon Miller
The game plan for the Southeast All-Stars from Columbus, Ga. was set.
Move the ball inside and out; keep the Japan hitters guessing.
“We just knew we had to mix it up,” said Southeast manager Randy Morris. “(Japan) adjusts so well. We knew we couldn’t stay outside or inside, so we mixed it up.”
And Southeast pitcher Kyle Carter followed the game plan to a ‘T.’
“The umpire was giving me the inside corner, so I just took it and ran with it,” explained Carter.” I told (catcher Cody Walker) to start moving inside and out (later in the game) cause he was setting up down the middle.”
All night long, the mix of inside and outside pitches left Japan struggling to get their bats going. When they didn’t strike out, they often connected on weak ground balls that the Southeast infield was quick to gobble up.
“(Carter’s) inside pitch was absolutely right on,” said Japan manager Shigeru Hidaka through interpreter Bill Lundy. “He pitched a great game.”
Gone, but not forgotten
Southeast catcher Cody Walker’s family was unable to attend the Championship game due to the rain that forced each team to wait an extra day to play.
“My dad, my aunt, my grandma, and my great aunt (all went home),” said Walker. “I love them, I miss them, and I wish they were here.
Japan Continues its International Dominance
By virtue of being crowned Little League Baseball International Champions in 2006, Japan has continued its run of Little League International dominance.
Since 1997, Japan has been crowned International Champion six times and World Champions three times, most recently in 2003 when Musashi-Fuchu Little League from Tokyo defeated East Boynton Beach Little League from Boynton Beach, Florida.
The run has netted Japanese teams a combined record of 37-10.
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