Source: South Williamsport, Pa.
Date/Time: Monday, August 22, 2011, 8:00pm ET
Pitchers Landon Breon and Brandon Miller teamed up to throw the first no-hitter of the 2011 Little League Baseball World Series Monday night, as the hometown favorites representing the Mid-Atlantic region mercy ruled a potent Southwest team, 10-0, in four innings to continue their run to a title.
The win means the Little League World Series Complex will continue to swell with seas of blue, as 28,367 came out to cheer on the Clinton County boys, who move on to face Warner Robbins, Ga., for the right to play in the United States Semifinal.
Breon’s 3.1-inning nearly perfect performance from the hill – he walked three and struck out two without allowing a hit – was more than the Mid-Atlantic needed after a seven-run second, a frame that put Keystone Little League on top of the Lafayette (La.) All-Stars, 10-0.
“I had a lot of confidence going into it,” Breon said of his pitching performance.
But his confidence extended to the other side of the game as well, as he also ripped a three-run double that broke the game wide open in the bottom of the second stanza.
“It was a curveball,” he said. “The past few games I wasn’t doing well at the plate, but Southwest pitcher Zack Stritzinger left a hanging curveball and I just hit it. I feel great moving forward now.”
Neither Breon nor Miller was aware of their no-hitter in the making, even when Breon was pulled to save his pitch count and limit his mandatory rest time.
“I tried to explain why we were doing what we were doing,” said manager Bill Garbrick. “It was a tough situation, we hate to take a guy out when he’s throwing a no-hitter, but we have to think of what’s ahead of us.”
“I didn’t ever realize there was a no-hitter going,” said Miller, who came in to close the game without complication. “I just went out there and tried to get the last two outs.”
Miller had a big game of his own at the plate, leading off the bottom of the first with a no-doubter over the rightfield fence.
“You lead off a game like that, and it gets everybody fired up,” said Garbrick. “The roar of the crowd was amazing as he was rounding the bases, and all that helps.”
“I’ve never been to a Penn State game before, but that was pretty loud [when I hit the home run],” said Miller. “It was great, just supporting the whole team. That gets us motivated, all the fans that come out to see us.”
The Southwest never moved a runner beyond first base in the shortened loss that ends Lafayette Little League’s tournament. The boys from Clinton County take on the Southeast Tuesday at 8 p.m.
“We need to come in and be hungry for another win,” said outfielder Tyler McCloskey. “It’s gonna be really exciting.”