Roman leads Rota Little Leaguers past Netherlands
August 8, 2005
VILSECK, Germany — Christian Roman slugged a three-run home run on Sunday to lead Rota, Spain, past Brunssum-Schinnen, Netherlands, 5-0 in the Little League Trans-Atlantic Regional tournament.
Roman went two for three and scored two runs as Rota improved to 3-1 in its quest to qualify for Wednesday’s semifinals. The winner of the tournament advances to the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa.
In other games on Sunday, Brussels, Belgium won 7-4 over Naples, Italy, and tournament favorite Arabian-American won its fourth in a row by defeating East Anglia, England, 10-0 in four innings. Ramstein, Germany, had the day off.
Arabian-American has won all of its games by a combined score of 37-0. East Anglia made a strong push to score the first runs against Arabian-American, putting runners on second and third with two outs in the fourth, but failed to push a baserunner home.
For Rota, Ben Delgado pitched five innings, struck out eight and allowed just one hit. Tony Lamb came in to pitch the final inning. Brunssum-Schinnen got two runners on base before Lamb closed the door. Lamb also had a run-scoring single.
Brunssum-Schinnen kept the game close until Rota’s four-run fifth inning.
“The pitcher for the other team threw strikes, and we were a little relaxed up there,” said Rota assistant coach Heath Hughes. “We made some solid hits, but the [Brunssum-Schinnen] kids made good plays.”
The game was delayed briefly by a downpour of rain and hail.
Another downpour delayed the start of the Brussels-Naples game.
But after the sky cleared, Brian Flythe and Arnoud Sioun both went two for three to lead the Brussels offense. Flythe had a triple. Relief pitcher Christopher Greenop came on with the bases loaded and nobody out in the sixth and final inning, and picked up the save while allowing only one run.
Seven players scored runs for Belgium, a team comprised of dependents of employees of NATO’s military headquarters and the NSA, as well as the sons of a few expatriate American families and four European families.
“If we win [Monday], we’re guaranteed second- or third-place,” said Brussels assistant coach Scott Burr. “Our expectation was to get into the final four, but the games have been a little tighter than we were hoping.
“The kids have been playing gutsy ball. We’ve been behind in every game and came back to win.”
The standings going into Monday’s fifth day of the round-robin portion of the regional are Arabian-American 4-0; Rota, Spain, Ramstein, Germany, and Brussels, Belgium, 3-1; East Anglia, England, 1-4; and Brunssum-Schinnen, Netherlands, and Naples, Italy, 0-4.
On Monday, East Anglia takes on Naples, Rota faces Ramstein, and Brussels plays Brunssum-Schinnen.