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Little League, huge hero: Lappe lifts Calif. to title

California wins LLWS title on walk-off home run (1:27)Louis Lappe plays the hero as his walk-off home run in the sixth inning wins the Little League World Series title for California. (1:27)Associated PressAug 27, 2023, 06:01 PM ETSOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — Little Leaguers everywhere dream of a moment like this.Louis Lappe hit a walk-off homer

Little League, huge hero: Lappe lifts Calif. to title

California wins LLWS title on walk-off dwelling run (1:27)

Louis Lappe performs the hero as his walk-off dwelling run within the sixth inning wins the Little League World Sequence title for California. (1:27)

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Aug 27, 2023, 06:01 PM ET

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — Little Leaguers in all places dream of a second like this.

Louis Lappe hit a walk-off homer and California beat Curacao 6-5 within the Little League Baseball World Sequence championship Sunday, regardless of giving up a four-run lead.

Louis flipped his bat and threw his arms within the air as he trotted across the bases, leaping onto dwelling plate as he was greeted by his teammates surrounding the batter’s field. The leadoff hitter within the backside of the sixth inning, Louis lofted the second pitch he noticed simply past the left subject fence.

“This can be a distinctive feeling that perhaps solely 5 or much less folks expertise of their lifetime,” mentioned Louis, who completed the event with 5 homers, probably the most of any participant. “I really feel nice. It is onerous to beat this sense. I do not know what would make me really feel happier.”

Curacao tied the sport within the fifth on Nasir El-Ossais’ grand slam to middle, setting off a frenzied celebration by the gamers, coaches and Curacao followers down the third-base aspect of Lamade Stadium. Nasir additionally drove in a run within the third.

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Jaxon Kalish and Lucas Keldorf drove in two runs every for California.

“The 5 guys that I’ve within the prime of the lineup, they’re nearly as good as anybody on this event,” El Segundo supervisor Danny Boehle mentioned. “I stand by that full heartedly.”

It was the primary journey to the ultimate for the group from El Segundo, a group within the Los Angeles space. California’s eight titles are probably the most by any U.S. state.

Curacao, a small island off the coast of Venezuela that’s dwelling to only 150,000 residents, has represented the worldwide aspect of the bracket within the championship the previous thrice non-U.S. groups have competed — in 2019, 2022 and this yr — however has misplaced every time.

There was no event in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the 2021 event was restricted to American groups due to journey restrictions.

Curacao returned 5 gamers and its teaching employees from the group that misplaced 13-3 to Hawaii within the 2022 last.

“I ate the cake already final yr. I ate the cake this yr, too, however I ain’t take the cherry dwelling,” Curacao supervisor Zaino Everett mentioned after the sport with tears in his eyes.

Each California and Curacao took a loss throughout the event and needed to play by means of the elimination bracket to the ultimate. With pitch counts mounting throughout the rosters, every turned to much less skilled LLBWS starters.

Crew O’Connor drove in a run for El Segundo within the fourth with a single to left subject that adopted Max Baker’s triple, giving California a 5-1 benefit. It obtained bumpy from there, however California got here out on prime.

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“What we did could by no means occur once more within the historical past of El Segundo,” Boehle mentioned.


Pennsylvania Gov. Josh Shapiro was readily available for the sport, joined by 2014 LLBWS pitching sensation Mo’ne Davis. Subsequent August will mark 10 years since Davis grew to become the primary feminine pitcher to win a event sport, serving to Philadelphia’s Taney Little League make it to the U.S. semifinal.

“We’re actually happy with her in Pennsylvania,” Shapiro mentioned.


The late Stuart Scott was the 62nd particular person to be enshrined within the Little League’s Corridor of Excellence earlier than Sunday’s event last. Scott was acknowledged for his help of the Little League World Sequence whereas he was at ESPN.

ESPN is the published associate for Little League and carried 337 video games throughout all divisions of play this season.

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