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Win or Lose, LLWS® Players Have Very Proud Parents
By Colin Brown
The final score of the Little League Baseball® World Series was 6-4 in favor of Musashi Fuchu Little League from Tokyo, Japan, over U.S. West Region’s Eastlake Little League from Chula Vista, Calif., but that doesn’t matter to the parents from California. Regardless of the outcome of the final game, families were extremely proud of their Little Leaguers® for reaching the Championship game.
“I am super proud of these boys for getting where they are,” said Ronne Pietila-Wiggs, mother of West second baseman Micah Pietila-Wiggs. “It’s a complete team effort -- they are amazing kids and best friends.”
“It brings tears to my eyes. I am so proud of these boys,” said Carla Hinojosa, mother of West pitcher and third baseman Ricky Tibbett. “These boys are the definition of what a team should be -- they have the chemistry and friendship, they love each other like family, and all of us parents could not be more proud of them.”
In the end, it was Japan who was crowned the champion as third baseman Shunpei Takagi led them to the title. Takagi finished the game two-for-three, scored three runs, and recorded two RBI. His mother, Akiko Takagi, was very proud of her son’s incredible game.
“We thought that he played a very good baseball game, as all the kids did, especially with the two home runs,” Takagi said via Bill Lundy, who is a former Japan Region interpreter for the Little League® World Series. “It’s an absolutely incredible feeling for us and the kids who won the World Championship.”
Win or lose, everyone enjoyed their time in South Williamsport, Pa.
“The people in Williamsport are incredible,” Pietila-Wiggs said. “They really do love the Little League World Series and everyone is so welcoming. It was a really great opportunity.”
“Williamsport is just a wonderful place,” Takagi agreed.
With the World Series over, the players will now return home to their normal, 12-year-old lives. For Micah Pietila-Wiggs, this means football and soccer games. And, of course, the players will return to the classroom. For the players from Chula Vista, school started on July 24, and the players were able to attend only three days of school before they left for the West Regional tournament in San Bernardino, Calif. Not only will the Micah and his teammates return to school, but Micah’s mom will, too.
“I’m an assistant principal of a high school so I’ve got to get back to work,” Pietila-Wiggs said. “I’m (also) looking forward to some really good Mexican food!”
Most importantly, Pietila-Wiggs said she is looking forward to having her son back at home, as are all of the mothers of the World Series players.
“I’m looking forward to walking up the stairs, looking in his room, and actually seeing him there instead of an empty room.”