Davenport Northwest lost their initial game at the Little League World Series in Williamsport, PA Friday to Southeast champs Maitland, FL. 7-3. It was a heartbreaker, with Davenport's runner wisely attempting to score on a passed ball in the dirt. But the ball took a freakish hop and bounced off the back wall and directly back to the catcher who picked off Davenport's runner. This was the key play in the game and stopped Davenport's chances.
They played against a very tough West Oahu, HI team representing the Northwest. Hawaii slammed back to back homers off Davenport pitcher Kyle Franklin as soon as he entered the game in the fourth, and never looked back on their way to a 7-3 victory.
A game tonight pitted West champions Vista , CA, against New England champs Westbrook, MA. The winner of this matchup would determine whether Davenport Northwest stayed alive for championship play. If the team from California won, then Davenport would be eliminated, if Westbrook, MA prevailed, they'd stay alive.
Unfortunately, West's power hitter slugged a grand slam homerun in the last inning to put it away, so Davenport is now out of the running.
They will play Mid-Atlantic champs Newtown, PA tomorrow at 7:00 p.m. on ESPN2.