California will play Japan for the World Series title on Sunday. Japan beat Mexico 3-2 earlier Saturday.
The undefeated Westport Little League team will represent New England in the Little League World Series. Their first game is Thursday night.
The Little League team from Fairfiled, Conn. may not have won the Little League World Series, but they arrived home to a hero’s welcome. The team lost, 5-0, to California in an elimination game on Tuesday.
They’re still in the tournament, playing Monday afternoon. But 12-year-old star second baseman Dan Ruggiero will be taking the field without his grandfather watching.
The team from Parsippany lost their first game of the series, but came back strong with a ten-to-four win over Oregon on Saturday night. That sets up the team for another challenge Monday afternoon. The team from Fairfield, Conn. is also still alive in the Little League World Series, also slated to play Monday afternoon.
Three jam-packed buses left Parsippany at 10 a.m. for the a 2-and-half-hour pilgrimage to Williamsport to join the boys on their journey, which they hope ends with a LLWS title.
“This year that was our goal, obviously,” Par-Troy East manager Mike Ruggiero said. “Every year they went further than the year before. Hey, they don’t want to stop playing. It’s their last year.”
It’s the stuff of dreams for some Staten Island baseball players. After winning the state championship Monday night, there are thoughts of greater glories, including, perhaps, a place in the Little League World Series.
Teams from Toms River, New Jersey and Fairfield, Connecticut are competing in Pennsylvania.
The Toms River All-Stars are Little League World Series bound and excitement over the team’s advance began to take hold in the township Tuesday.