Davenport Loses A Tough One In The Little League World Series, Makes Iowa Proud!
They did Iowa proud, but Davenport Southwest Little League just couldn’t pull it off in that last inning, losing 8-7 to Great Lakes (Hagerstown, Indiana) in the opening game of the Little League World Series — a game that Bleacher Report called “an instant Little League World Series classic.”
Davenport isn’t out of it yet though — they will move to the elimination bracket to play Northwest (Bonney Lake, Washington).
The game started off promisingly for Davenport, as they opened the scoring in the top of the first after a two-out Greyson Ballinger RBI single.
However, Great Lakes came back with four runs in the bottom of that opening inning, thanks to a Kaden Hall RBI double, a Heath Johnson bases-loaded walk and a Clark Thornburg two-RBI single.
Great Lakes poured it on with three more in the second off a Graham Vinson RBI double, a Hayden Moore RBI single and a Nolan Cheeseman run on a wild pitch.
However, even down six runs, Davenport refused to give up!
The local boys flashed some major lumber, scoring four runs in the third inning off a Ballinger RBI single and a pair of errors. A Ted Swanson RBI single and a Mason McFate sacrifice fly tied the game in the fourth inning.
No runs were scored until the bottom of the sixth. A pair of walks put Great Lakes runners on first and second with one out. Hall hit the ball up the middle, but it was snagged and led to a double-play attempt. The force at second was good for the second out, but Preston Allred scored on an overthrow to first.
Davenport can still move on, but they’ve got to win out to do so. Go Southeast!