Grant Holman Throws No-Hitter In Little World Series

Grant Holman Throws No-Hitter In Little World SeriesThe Little League World Series usually takes us back to a time when teamwork was really the most important thing, but it’s hard not to be impressed by the individual effort of California pitcher Grant Holman on the big stage.

‘Epic run’

The 6’4″, 166-pound 13-year-old is having a week to remember on the diamond. Sports Center has the details of his epic run through the tournament thus far:

“Grant Holman is a 6-foot-4,13-year-old on Chula Vista, CA. In LLWS, he has a no-hitter, grand slam & 3-run HR. Quite a run, young fella.”

Perhaps the most amazing aspect of Holman’s tear through the tournament has been the clutch factor of it all. His no-no was made all the more impressive by the fact that opposing pitcher Chad Lorkowski only allowed one hit to the leadoff batter in the first inning before being pulled for going over the 85-pitch limit.

Had Holman not held the other team hitless, his California squad might not have even won its first game.

‘Clutch moment’

Holman’s grand slam came in the West team’s second tournament game with his team already ahead 11-3 in the fourth inning. Even with the comfortable lead, Holman took it upon himself to end the game, as the base-clearing home run allowed California to call it a night thanks to the Little League mercy rule.

But Holman saved his most clutch moment for last. In the team’s most recent game against New England representative Westport, Conn., Holman put an end to yet another extra-innings game when he bashed a three-run home run over the center-field wall to give his team the victory and a berth in the United States championship game.

Do you think the MVP title is not far for Grant Holman? Feel free to share your thoughts and opinions with us!

Source: Alex Ballentine | Bleacher Report

Image: Sporting News

Wimbledon 2013: Rafael Nadal Defeated By Steve Darcis

Wimbledon 2013 Rafael Nadal Defeated By Steve DarcisFor the second straight year, Rafael Nadal suffered a stunning early-round loss at Wimbledon, this time losing in straight sets to No. 135-ranked Belgian Steve Darcis in the opening round, 7-6 (7-4), 7-6 (10-8), 6-4, via Wimbledon’s official Twitter account.

‘Shocking loss’

The shocking loss marks Nadal’s first-ever first-round defeat at a Grand Slam event, via Infostrada Sports. He lost to Lukas Rosol in the second round at the All England Club a year ago, before beginning a seven-month layoff to recover from a left knee injury.

The 29-year-old Darcis came out scorching hot in the first set, smashing 25 winners and committing just nine unforced errors. The second set featured more of the same, as Darcis outplayed Nadal from start to finish, striking three times as many winners as unforced errors and winning 83 percent of his first-serve points.

‘Memorable unbeaten run’

Darcis would squander three set points in the second-set tiebreak, but he recovered nicely to put Nadal in a massive hole, via Wimbledon. Darcis, who started gaining confidence with each point, went on to finish off a timid Nadal moments later—taking the third set and the match in convincing fashion. He won 86 percent of his first-serve points in the deciding frame.

After picking up by far the biggest victory of his career, Darcis will advance to the second round at Wimbledon for just the second time. He will take on unseeded Pole Lukasz Kubot on Wednesday. Meanwhile, the loss is just Nadal’s third of the year and ends a memorable unbeaten run that featured a French Open title and began back in late April at the Barcelona Open.

How do you feel about Rafael Nadal’s recent Wimbledon loss? Do you think Steve Darcis is better than him?

Source: Patrick Clarke | Bleacher Report

Image: Sports Illustrated