Nebraska rolls to 17-1 win over Germany at LLWS
The kids from Kearney, Neb., have earned the state's first-ever win at the Little League World Series - and set a tournament record, too.
The Midwest champs muscled up at the plate Monday to beat Germany's Ramstein Air Base 17-1. Thirteen-year-old Jared Wegner went 3 for 4 with a homer and five RBIs in the game delayed by rain and played under sometimes sloppy conditions.
Nebraska scored 15 runs alone in the second, a single-inning record for a World Series game.
The boys were relegated to the consolation round after losing their first two games of the double-elimination tournament. Friends and family are planning a big celebration back home in Kearney.
First, Nebraska plans to play an exhibition game with another World Series rookie, Uganda, on Wednesday morning. Uganda is the first team from Africa to advance to youth baseball's biggest tournament.
Kearney's kids are also rather enjoying their new-found stardom. Besides playing baseball, 13-year-old Blake Quintana, who went 2 for 3 with two runs, said his favorite part of the experience was signing autographs and taking pictures.
"Ha, a celebrity," skipper Brad Wegner said with a laugh.
Tyler Woodberry had a hit and RBI for winless Germany. The players' parents serve or work at the U.S. military installation overseas.
The Ramstein bunch plans to stay the rest of the week and attend a Yankees game in New York next week.
Both teams even had fun in the dugouts during the delay, where Nebraska second baseman Matt Masker, 13, showed off his dance moves to the hip hop song "Teach Me How to Dougie" by Cali Swag District.
"They also wanted to go out on the tarp and do some sliding," Masker's manager said. "All fun all the time."