Monday, March 10, 2014
By JOHN KEKIS, The Associated Press
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The Connecticut players can only imagine what might have been – they had a chance to beat eventual U.S. champion Chula Vista, Calif., on Wednesday night and failed.
Brown hit a three-run homer for Westport, and the Northeast champions seemed headed for a big victory. But California's Nick Mora hit his second homer of the game to make it 3-2 with one out in the top of the sixth and Chula Vista tied it when Reiner threw a wild pitch with the bases loaded. Chula Vista won 6-3 on Grant Holman's three-run homer in the ninth inning.
There's a parade back home in Connecticut on Monday and school beckons on Tuesday.
Time to move on.
"It'll be hard. It'll be a little rocky, but we'll figure it out," Rogers said. "I knew that we were a good team and had a chance to have a good summer. To get here to compete, that's amazing."
Mexico had its moments, too, beating its first two opponents handily with a barrage of home runs. But Tijuana couldn't overcome the efficient Tokyo team, losing 5-2 on Wednesday and 3-2 in the heart-wrenching international championship game on Saturday.
With the score tied at 2, Montes had led off the bottom of the fifth for Mexico with a double down the left-field line and was at third with one out when Favela hit a high fly to deep center. Montes took a few steps toward home, stopped, and didn't have time to go back and tag up. He was stranded at third when Brandon Meza struck out.
When Takuma Gomi led off the top of the sixth inning with a game-winning home run, Tijuana, too, was left to wonder what might have been.