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

ESPN Little League World Series Coverage Features Embarrassing Gaffe

ESPN Little League World Series Coverage Features Embarrassing GaffeFans of the Little League World Series will see aluminum-bat home runs, kids cheering after wins and some shedding tears after losses. You will also see one very unfortunate graphic hitting ESPN’s chyron. Big League Stew’s Kevin Kaduk (h/tDeadspin) spotted a graphic that became a viral sensation around Twitter and various sports blogs.

‘Wandai Wrection’

Parting with the usual questions given to these kids such as favorite food (pizza) or favorite player (Derek Jeter), producers asked Nagiru Hiramatsu his favorite singer. Somehow, some way, “Wandai Wrection” made its way to the lower third on this particular day.

‘Another explanation’

Fortunately, someone wrote in to Big League Stew, and the report has been updated with a bit more information, causing just a tad bit more confusion:

I read your article on the ESPN Little League gaffe and thought I’d offer a little insight. Last year my son played on the Orange Little League team that won the Southern California State Championship and advanced to the Western Regionals in San Bernardino. Unlike this year, unfortunately only the semi-finals and finals were on ESPN (this year all of the games are). Anyway, the boys all had to fill out an ESPN questionnaire before they even arrived in San Bernardino as part of the packet of forms. So it is quite possible that the boy wrote out the name of the band that way.

What we have here is another explanation that makes even less sense. It would mean that the boy has no idea how to spell his favorite band’s name.

What do you think is the real reason behind ESPN’s embarrassing graphic gaffe? Feel free to share your own theories with us!

Source: Gabe Zaldivar | Bleacher Report

Image: The Daily Dot