There was runners at first, and second, with one out when Michigan’s Ryan Knaebel lasered a ball off the Idaho third baseman’s foot into left field delivering the game winning single, and the first win for Michigan in Williamsport bracket play since 1959.
LITTLE LEAGUE WALK-OFF!
Michigan scores 4 in the 6th inning to beat Idaho! pic.twitter.com/9AkvYzfmOZ
— ESPN (@espn) August 18, 2018
Michigan and Idaho were interrupted with two outs in the bottom of the first by an hour and a half long weather delay. After the delay Idaho wasted no time in stringing together some hits. Courtesy of Caden Symons’ double the boys from Coure d’Alene little league found themselves up 3-0 after 1.5 innings of play. Idaho then added their fourth and final run in top of the fifth frame.
“THE PLAY OF THE LITTLE LEAGUE WORLD SERIES”
As called by ESPN analyst Karl Ravech, Michigan 3rd baseman Jarren Purify may have made the best play of the whole tournament on just the second day of action, and given the situation Purify probably saved the game for the group from Grosse Pointe. With runners on second and third base the Idaho batter bounced a ball down the third baseline. Purify took two steps and a dive to snatch the would be 2 RBI double and fired a throw to first base in time to get the out and end the inning, leaving both Coure d’Alene runners stranded.
— Little League (@LittleLeague) August 17, 2018
Idaho’s starting pitcher Christopher Reynolds threw for 4 2/3 innings shutting down the Woods-Shores crew, but due to LLWS rules a pitcher is only allowed to throw a max of 85 pitches per game. So Reynolds was forced to exit the game with 11 strikeouts and just two hits given up. It’s not uncommon for the starting pitcher to dominate the beginning of the game and then when he reaches his pitch limit the other team strings together hits on the new pitcher. Today the home state squad was on the good end of it.
The rally was started off by a double by the head coach’s son Preston Barr. Barr scored off of a throwing error on Cameron Schafer’s single. Following the single, Chase Mazey walked and then Elliott Nederhood hit an RBI single. After that sequence Reggie Sharpe roped a single to right field to score Mazey and tie up the game. To cap off the final inning Knaebel ripped a single into left field which sent the group, players, coaches, parents, and all, from Grosse Pointe into a frenzy. A frenzy that has been long overdue, 59 years overdue to be exact.
The Woods-Shores little league team will face the Honolulu, Hawaii team that came out of the midnight 11 inning matchup Friday night, this Sunday 8/19 at 2:00 PM on Lamade Stadium that will be nationally broadcasted on ABC.