Goodlettsville makes its mark, falls short of title at LLWS

Sunday, August 26, 2012 at 4:40pm
Staff reports

Brock Myers added his name to the Little League World Series record book but the Goodlettsville All-Stars’ run through the tournament ended prematurely Sunday.

Goodlettsville lost 12-2 to Tokyo, Japan in the championship contest, which was halted in the bottom of the fifth inning due to the 10-run rule. The end came when Tokyo’s Noriatsu Osaka hit his third home run of the game, a two-run shot to center field.

The teams combined to hit seven home runs — five by Tokyo, two by Goodlettsville — in the game played before an announced crowd of more than 24,000 at Williamsport, Pa. and a national television audience.

In Goodlettsville’s case, though, the home runs were all it got.

Myers became the first U.S. player to hit one in five consecutive games. He made it 5-1 when he drove one out in the top of the fourth against Tokyo’s starting pitcher Kotaro Kiyomiya, a 6-foot, 206-pound 13-year-old.

Lorenzo Butler made it 10-2 in the top of the fifth when he hit one off Osaka.

The only other Goodlettsville hitter to reach base was Cole Carter, who walked with one out in the second.

Tokyo, conversely, had 11 hits against three Goodlettsville pitchers. In addition to his three home runs, Osaka also had a triple.

Regardless of Sunday’s result, Goodlettsville left a lasting impression in its first appearance at the event.

Myers’ record was not the only one in which it was involved. Butler set a LLWS record with nine RBIs in a single game when he hit three three-run home runs in the United States championship against Petaluma, Calif. That game — a 24-16 Goodlettsville victory — also was the highest-scoring in tournament history.

In its first LLWS appearance — the first in 25 years by any Tennessee team — the Southeast region champion was undefeated in the United States bracket.

Its collective .385 average, .460 on-base percentage and .748 slugging percentage all ranked first among the 16 domestic and international teams. Its 14 home runs — one more than Tokyo — also topped the tournament.

Myers led all players with five home runs. He and Butler finished tied for fourth with 10 RBIs. Myers was second with 11 hits and third with 10 runs scored.

8 Comments on this post:

By: TITAN1 on 8/26/12 at 10:05

Hold your heads high, boys! You had a tremendous season! Middle Tennessee is proud!!!!

By: Rasputin72 on 8/27/12 at 6:35

The Goodlettsville boys are held in much higher regard than the Tennessee Titans. At least in my circle of friends and neighbors.

By: pswindle on 8/27/12 at 10:23

Congratulations! A job well done.

By: damons on 8/27/12 at 11:23

Congratulations to the Goodlettsville Little League team on a great season! I hope the Nashville City Paper will do more stories this week on the players impressions of the Little League World series and the Central Susquehanna Valley(South Williamsport) area!

By: lawyer006038 on 8/27/12 at 11:24

Exciting baseball. The team looked like they were going down in the national championship game but rallied for a big 9 run final inning. Gritty determination. The world championship game was almost impossible because of the pitch count rules. Goodlettsville used all their pitchers to win the very long national championship game. Tokyo had an easy international championship game and its best pitchers were available. Nevertheless, the Goodlettsville pitchers threw well against Tokyo and kept battling. They knew that they had it in them to have a 9 run inning again. We all know where Tokyo is. Now Tokyo knows where Goodlettsville is. We are proud of our national champs.

By: joe41 on 8/27/12 at 11:38

Rasputin, the Titans are held in higher regard than you are.
Joe

By: joe41 on 8/27/12 at 11:40

Congratulations to the Goodlettsville Little League for a terrific run. I will be following Brock, Lorenzo and the gang through their career. They were fun to watch and it would not surprise me to see them again in the World Series.

Joe

By: Rasputin72 on 8/27/12 at 2:47

Joe41......In your circle of friends perhaps. But if you read carefully you will see that I limited my comments to MY circle of friends and neighbors. Each has so many other interests that a second rate franchise falls far below their respect base.

The Goodlettsville Little League team performed to the very top of our respect list.