2012 Little League Baseball World Series
Williamsport, Pennsylvania - August 16 - 26

Game C1: Midwest 17 vs. Europe 1

Midwest Explodes for 15 Runs in Second Inning to Steam Roll Past Europe in Consolation Game


Author: Andrew Maksymowich

Source: South Williamsport, Pa.

Date/Time: Day, August 20, 12:00pm ET

The Midwest team from Kearney, Neb., demolished the Europe champions from Ramstein, Germany despite the rain delay after the first inning on Monday at Lamade Stadium, 17-1.

The second inning is where all the action happened. Midwest center fielder Jake Gappa hit a 2-RBI double that sparked a 15-run rally, breaking the Little League World Series record for most runs in an inning. The previous record was 14 by the Asian team from Kaohsiung, Chinese Taipei, against the EMEA in 2004.

This made it nearly impossible for Europe to even think about rally back.

“It was good to see us finally get the bats going,” Midwest manager Brad Wegner said. “I’m glad we got to show you what we really can do.”

Midwest second baseman Matt Masker got the game started with an RBI single followed by another RBI single hit by shortstop Jared Wegner. Wegner ended the second inning with a 3-run homer to cap the scoring and put the Midwest up, 17-0. All 15 runs in the second were unearned and Midwest had 12 hits on the day.

“It felt pretty good,” Wegner said after hitting his 3-run home run.

European first baseman Tyler Woodberry had a sacrifice fly in the third inning, bringing center fielder Nico DeCosta in for Europe’s lone run of the game, 17-1. Europe had just two hits in the loss.

“It saddens me,” Europe manager Eric Vincent said. “It hurts inside to watch the kids suffer out there. The plays we normally make, we just weren’t making.”