In a special for PRAVDA.Ru, John L. Kelleher tells us about the great game and its outstanding stars as well as how
Anton Chekalin is only eleven years old, but yesterday he made his name in Russian history. With two out in the sixth inning Anton belted a base hit. That hit started a rally that led the European champion Khovrino (
The lanky Vorotyntsev threw a spectacular game, striking out 12 and allowing only 2 hits and 4 walks in six innings. He said he felt "excellent" through the fourth inning, but after that he began to feel tired. It never showed and he got the shutout and the win.
Chekalin was pleased with his performance. When a reporter jokingly asked him what he thought about getting
Starobudov admitted that he didn't expect to win this game. He was ready for a long game with extra innings. But his broad smile showed how happy he was to have been a part of proving himself wrong.
Manager Vladimir Eltchaninov was exceptionally proud of his team. Along with coaches Mikhail Kornev and Andrei Tselykovskiy, he has worked hard to bring the youngsters to their level of play. "It is difficult because baseball is not a popular sport in
Although they have brought a team to
The Little League World Series brings together the sixteen best teams of 11 - and 12-year-olds in the world. Eight teams are from regions in the
Eltchaninov and Kornev both learned baseball when they were children in
Today the Khovrino Little League plays ball at the Druzhba [“Friendship”] Park in north
John L. Kelleher, IBM Scholars Program -
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