I'm watching the replay of a game I already read the results of, RBV's LL team heading to the American final after beating Maitlan, FL in a controverial game. I just watched Dante Bichette and another coach arguing (correctly) that their kid hit a homer, and not a double as the official signalled.
As far as I can see RBV is one game from going to the championship game, with some serious competition in the way. Hawai'i has some fantastic little guys, I watched them tear another team apart. And the defending champs from Curacao are still in it. Japan beat the Canadian team in an 11 run shutout....gnarly...
Whatever else happens, the RBV kids have put together a great run, and they've shown they can play with anyone in the US, so far. Apparently, they play exhibition games with the international squads, and other US teams, whoever can hang around. So they'll play Guam no matter what.
The play at the wall where the two kids for RBV ran into each other, and yet still made the catch, was absolutely fantastic. I love watching these little dudes just laying it all on the line, no regrets. Even the miscues are charming, they're really trying their best...but when you're twelve...you screw up. They're all pretty awesome to watch. Ewa Beach HI v. Lafayette, LA tomorrow, and Guam v. Curacao. American winner plays RBV on Saturday 12:30PMPST on ABC, International team plays Japan that night on ESPN2 at 4:30PM PST. Championship Game at 12:30PST Sunday on ABC.
I'm pumped! Go RBV!