August 29, 2006, - 12:29 pm

Congrats to Columbus, Georgia–World Little League Champs!

By Debbie Schlussel
Despite all the media hype and bluster about the 6’8″ “Saudi” little leaguer (who is actually an American boy named Aaron Durley), in the end it was a team from the good ole’ USA that won this year’s Little League World Series.
Congratulations to the team of boys from Columbus, Georgia (and manager Randy Morris), which bested the Japanese team from Kawaguchi City, Japan, yesterday, and won the Series title.
This marks the second year in a row that U.S. teams have won the Little League World Series. That hasn’t happened since 1982-83. (In 1992-93 a U.S. team won both years, but the second year was won only because the Philippines squad was stripped of the title after using overage players.)
USA! USA!

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Little League Champion Pitcher Kyle Carter and 2nd Baseman Josh Lester

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3 Responses

Congratulations Columbus, Georgia!!
You really can’t blame the Saudi team, however. After all, they’re used to playing in the sand.

Thee_Bruno on August 29, 2006 at 12:51 pm

It will be interesting to see in about 10 years or so if Kyle Carter made the majors. It is amazing that at 13 he can already sometimes hit 80mph on his fastballs. To put in perspective that Hispanic kid from the Bronx who turned out to be almost 15 (Danny Almonte) was only hitting the low 70s, so this is phenomenal.
Hope he doesn’t burn his arm out.

hairymon on August 30, 2006 at 8:44 am

Greetings from Kawaguchi City, Japan:
We are enjoying the Japanese Golden Week holidays with a replay of last year’s Little League World Series when about five of the students that I teach English to on the Japanese squad lost to the Columbus, GA squad.
I submitted an interesting article about the Japanese squad upon their return to classes in Japan to a English publication in our prefecture. I hope that you will enjoy.
http://www.daniel-j-stone.com/Memorandom_Fall_2006
Best Regards,
Daniel J. Stone
Japan Exchange and Teaching Program
Kawaguchi City Board of Education
Saitama, Japan

Danone19 on May 2, 2007 at 3:58 am

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