Coon Rapids Still Controls its
Destiny at LLWS
Itıs a special moment any time a father
has an opportunity to watch his son smack a home run
in a Little League game. Imagine Mark Loweıs feeling as he watched
his son, Tanner, hit two in the Little
League World Series. Tanner Loweıs first homer came in the opening
inning when he drove Canaan Cropperıs offering over the left-center
field fence. The second was even sweeter, and almost to the
identical spot in the bottom of the sixth as the walk-off blast
lifted Coon Rapids, Min. to a 4-3 win over Salisbury, Md.
Sunday evening. Loweıs two hits and a complete-game one-hitter by
pitcher Cody Herrmann kept the Minnesota team in contention.
With the victory, the Midwest champs control their own destiny in
order to advance into the championship bracket of the series. Both
Coon Rapids and Chandler, Ariz. have one loss, both to Lubbock,
Texas heading into Tuesdayıs final pool game.
Like I told
(ESPNıs) Dave Ryan, you really donıt try to be a dad on the baseball
field. You are trying to coach a team, prepare them and do things
right. Coon Rapids manager Mark Lowe said, "to watch that
tonight was something special. It was special because it is the
Little League World Series, but that walk-off home run was great.
Itıs a dream come true to be here."
For Tanner Lowe, he wasnıt looking for any certain type of pitch
from Cropper. Instead, it was about the team; getting on base to
help extend the inning and keep Coon Rapidsı hopes alive to pull out
the victory. He took one pitch from Cropper, but the Salisbury
hurler hung a curveball right at Loweıs waist. He used his
big frame and took a full swing, in sending the ball over the fence.
"I just wanted to get on
base", Tanner Lowe said. "We needed a base runner and I wanted to get
there. I just tried to get a base hit, hit a line drive and it went
A day after facing possibly the best pitcher at the World Series, Texas
Garrett Williams, the Coon Rapids team was able to put the bat
on the ball and rung up Cropper for seven hits. "We told the kids we
thought we faced the best Little League pitcher in the world
(Saturday)", Mark Lowe said. "I told them it was going to be a lot
easier tonight. I thought we were a little too aggressive at the
plate because we chased some bad pitches".
Maryland never got any
type of read on Herrmann, who continually worked ahead of hitters
most of the evening. He threw 57 of his 79 pitches for strikes, and
carried a perfect game into the fourth inning before issuing a
lead-off walk to Seth Windmuller. He lost the no-hitter when Cropper
ripped a 1-0 pitch to deep center field. Outfielder Brent Golobich
tried to rob the homer, but just missed as it tied the game at 3-3.
Herrmann struck out 12 batters (five of the first six Maryland
hitters of the game), and six of the final nine batters.
"We just kept
switching the balls like every three pitches. It wasnıt that hard to
control, but the weather was tough", said Herrmann, one of the
players back from last yearıs team that lost in the Midwest Region semifinals.
"All the pressure I had last year kind of helps me deal
with the pressure this year", Herrmann said.
Salisbury couldnıt find a way to
get runners on base. Besides Cropperıs three-run homer, the only
other inning where a runner reached base was the visitorıs half of
the sixth when Connor Shockleyıs hard hit to second was bobbled by
Lucas Peterson. But the youngster quickly redeemed himself, fielding
the next grounder by Cropper, and stepping on second for the force
out, ending the inning.
"We struck out 12 times. You canıt do that and win a baseball game", Salisbury manager Chris Yingling
You need to put the bat on the ball. He was throwing about 70, and
we should be able to hit that.
In the first inning, (assistant
coach) Bill (Cropper) called a fastball. Lowe got into it. Canaan
wanted to throw a split finger in the sixth inning and Bill called a
curveball. He left it hang and the kid hit it out.
first home run gave Coon Rapids a 2-0 lead after one, and the
Midwest champs added another in the third on Anthony Mroslaıs
two-out single to left that scored Herrmann, who lifted a double
off the left fielderıs glove earlier in the inning.
Rapidsı attention turns toward Tuesdayıs game with Chandler.
"Chandler has a very good baseball team", Mark Lowe said. "I
think our two teams match up extremely well. It should be a good
ballgame like tonight. The big thing is we wanted to control our own
destiny and now we have that. You canıt ask for much more than that
at the Little League World Series".
İ 2007, Little League Baseball
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