Source: South Williamsport, Pa.
Date/Time: Saturday, August 20, 2011, 3:00pm ET
Before the game, it was uncertain if Jake Fromm would even play.
By the end of the first inning, his opponents wished he hadn’t.
Fromm’s three-run home run in the first inning propelled the Southeast Region Champions from Warner Robins, Ga. to a 6-3 victory, leaving the Midwest squad with the undesirable distinction of being the first American team ousted from this year’s Little League World Series.
“I only felt 60 or 70 percent,” Fromm said. “But when you get on the field, you gotta give 100 percent no matter what.”
Warner Robins capitalized on opposing pitcher Cameron Fees’ erratic start. Fees first pitch plunked Logan Arnett in the helmet. Then, Fees walked Southeast’s Trey Odom, eventually leading to Fromm’s game-changing home run.
“I could only give a half swing every time,” Fromm said. “I’m surprised I could even hit it out.”
By the bottom of the sixth, Warner Robins held a commanding 6-0 lead due predominately to Arnett’s dominating performance on the mound. Through five complete innings, Arnett had only surrendered two hits while striking out five.
“Logan did a masterful job,” said Warner Robbins Manager Philip Johnson. “He really rose to the occasion when we needed him to.”
The Midwest Champions from Rapid City, S.D., managed a moderate comeback during the bottom of the sixth when Brett Beyer bombed a three-run home run off Arnett, cutting their lead in half.
But Manager Johnson again turned to Fromm and he did not disappoint. He came to the mound and easily sat down the Midwest’s final three batters, securing both the victory and another game in Williamsport.
Warner Robins plays next Monday night at 8 p.m. against the loser of tomorrow’s Great Lakes v. West matchup.