WILLIAMSPORT, Penn. (WPRI) — The boys from Barrington came up short in their Little League World Series debut on Friday, falling 3-0 to the team from South Riding, Virginia.
The New England representatives were held hitless, with just three batters reaching base on walks: Henry Kelsey, Owen Pfeffer and Chris “Bumpy” Promades.
Pitcher Alex Anderson held the Southeast team scoreless until he allowed a two-run home run to Brady Yates in the bottom of the fifth.
With the loss, Barrington will play in an elimination game at 3 p.m. Saturday against the loser of the Kentucky-Minnesota game.
Barrington has succeeded in the loser’s bracket so far this summer, going 9-0 in elimination games. The team won seven games to make it out of the district tournament and in regionals, they had to win two more games with their backs against the wall to advance to the finals.
Barrington’s debut in Williamsport was delayed by a day after Thursday’s game was rained out. They faced a similar situation in the district tournament, in which a game against Portsmouth was postponed. The boys came out the following day firing on all cylinders, and head coach Chris Promades had hoped his team would respond in similar fashion on Friday.
“We’ll be ready to go,” Promades said. “We can’t wait. We’re pumped up and we’re going to give it our best shot.”
Members of the team expressed frustration in having to sit in the dugout for nearly three hours on Thursday.
“Every 30 minutes or so we expected to play, and then they saw lightning so we had to stop again,” Barrington outfielder Chris Watts said. “I think after the first two hours everybody just kind of didn’t want to play anymore and it’s better off just playing tomorrow.”
Eyewitness Sports Reporter Morey Hershgordon is in Williamsport and will bring you coverage on WPRI 12 and WPRI.com.