Little League Madeness Has Begun....Hero Loses HR and LL Career Ends
As a native of North County San Diego CA., I am blessed to be around such good Little League Baseball programs:
In 1981, former NFL QB and analyst Sean Salisbury's little brother Brett took Escondido, CA to the Little League World Series with a game-winning single in the bottom of the 10th at the Regional Finals in San Bernardino.
In 2001, the Oceanside American Little League baseball team represented the "West" in Williamsport only to lose in the US Semi-FInals to Danny Almonte who was 2 years older than all the other kids.
In 2005, Kalen Pimentel from Rancho Buena Vista, CA struck out the side every inning of Game 1 during Pool Play of the LLWS. (18K's) www.littleleague.org/Series/2005divisions/llbb/gamestories/20saturday/game6/game6.htm
My little brother is a Sophomore Catcher in H.S. and just 2 years beyond his last Little League days, so I was just recently a witness to all the madness. He hit a HR in the Semi-Finals of a championship game that had me screaming and running full speed out to the parking lot to demand the baseball from whomever had picked it up.....
Anyways, 2 days ago in a local All-Star tournament for the 11-12 year olds, the madness officially began. Keep in mind teams have to win 4 All-Star Tournaments to make it to Williamsport. At the 1st of these local tourneys, California District 33 Little League has found themselves in a huge controversy. During the Championship game, Carter Johnson from Encinitas, who had hit 8 Hrs throughout Pool Play, was batting in the 5th inning with the bases loaded. On an 0-2 pitch with his team down 6-5, the kid hit a 250ft Grand Slam, his team met and mobbed him as he came to the plate, and they went on to celebrate in the dugout.
A Little Leaguer's dream right? Well, the opposing coach "protested" the play saying that the "lead" runner on the HR failed to touch Homeplate. The Umpires conferred, the HR was called back, and the runs were taken off the board. Escondido ended up winning as Encinitas couldn't score again in the 6th. Unfortunately for Encinitas, the California District 33 All-Star Tournament is "Single-Elimination" format after Pool Play. Along with those 8 "Dingers" from Carter,Encinitas outscored their opponents 70-11 for the entire tourney. Carter's Little League Career is over....
The "Idiot" Editor of the article I have linked dropped the name of the kid who made the mistake. What was he thinking???? Rumor has it that some parents tipped off the Ump and Coaches to the miss, everyone is arguing about it still this morning, check the link out...