Source: South Williamsport, Pa.
Date/Time: Day, August 21, 1:00pm ET
In the second consolation game of the Little League World Series, Middle East-Africa champions Lugazi, Uganda, Little League overcame a 2-run deficit against Northwest champions Gresham, Ore., Little League to earn a 3-2 victory.
With the score tied 2-2 and MEA up to bat in the bottom of the fifth inning, MEA scored the only other run in the game, but it would prove to be the winning run. With runners on first and second and Felix Enzama batting, Enzama would advance to first on a fielder’s choice, allowing the winning run to score.
After the game, MEA coach Richard Stanley said that if you play for contact and utilize the defense behind you, you can win.
“You’re not playing the game alone,” he said.
The Northwest jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the fourth inning when Hunter Hemenway came through in the clutch for the Northwest, hitting a 2-RBI triple.
However, MEA stormed back to tie the game, 2-2, in the bottom of the same inning. With Enzama on second and Daniel Alio on third and no outs in the inning, Alio would score on a wild pitch. With the bases loaded, MEA would tie the game up on a passed ball on the very next batter.
After taking a one run lead in the bottom of the fifth, MEA would shut out the Northwest in the top of the sixth to earn the victory, ending MEA’s time playing in South Williamsport on a high note. It was MEA's first win at the Little League World Series.
Stanley expressed his pleasure after the game with the win, and his time in South Williamsport so far.
“This win is so great,” he said. “Being here is a very great experience for sure.”