Fromm powers Georgia, Pennsylvania wins at LLWS

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — Flashing a wide grin that revealed braces, Georgia's Jake Fromm clutched a baseball tightly in his left hand.

It wasn't just a souvenir from the Little League World Series, but the ball the 13-year-old slugger hit for a two-run homer in a three-run ninth that helped propel Warner Robins to a dramatic 8-5 win Monday over LaGrange, Ky.

"I was just trying to put the ball in play," said the 5-foot-11 Fromm, Georgia's leader and tallest player. "Honestly, I didn't think it was going to go over the wall."

Did it ever.

The high line drive off a 2-1 pitch rocketed over the green center-field fence 225 feet away. Pinch-runner Evan Lasseter scooted home with the go-ahead run on a passed ball earlier in Fromm's at-bat.

Fromm, a pitcher, wasn't done. He returned to the mound in the bottom of the ninth to finish off Kentucky with two strikeouts and a groundout to help Georgia move on in the tournament. Fromm fanned 10 in 41/3 innings of one-hit relief.

Earlier Monday, Langley, British Columbia beat Kaoshiung, Taiwan, 5-3 to become the first Canadian team to beat a squad from Taiwan at the series following 16 straight losses; Hamamatsu City, Japan, beat Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, 13-4; and Oranjestad, Aruba, shut out Rapid City, S.D., 5-0 in a consolation game.

The nightcap turned into a central Pennsylvania party after the boys from Clinton County took control with a three-run first in a 10-0 blowout of Lafayette, La. The blue-clad Pennsylvania players from the Keystone Little League live just about 30 miles away from South Williamsport.

Another raucous, partisan crowd cheered their every move under the Lamade Stadium lights. Brandon Miller led off the bottom of the first with a homer to right to start the rout, and the squad nicknamed the "Big Blue Machine" tacked on seven more runs in the second, more than enough support for starter Landon Breon.

Pennsylvania will play Georgia tonight.

Share This Story