Beaverton players disappointed they won't get to face an international team; Japan-Georgia set for 2 p.m. today
WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. - If the 2006 summer season has taught us anything, it's taught that almost nothing can stop the Murrayhill Little League Majors all-star team.
Oh, sure, Georgia beat Murrayhill in the U.S. championship game on Saturday, but it took an act of nature to finally put an end to Murrayhill's dream summer. The heavy rain that inundated Williamsport early Sunday forced cancellation of Murrayhill's scheduled third-place game against Mexico. The series championship between Japan and Georgia was postponed to 2 p.m. PDT Monday (ESPN2).
Murrayhill's players and coaches were notified of the cancellation about 9 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time. The decision wiped out not only Murrayhill's chance to face Mexico in the third-place game, but its lone shot at an international team and an opportunity to finish the Series with a win.
For Murrayhill's players and coaches, who have battled successfully through District 4, Oregon and Northwest regional tournaments on their way to the Series, this was not how they'd hoped to see their all-star adventure end.
"We were (mad) because we want to be third place, not tied for third place," said center fielder Corey Pool. "We'd rather play the game and have a chance to actually be third place."
"And we didn't get to play an international team and we really wanted to, said catcher Trevor Nix, one of Murrayhill's Saturday night heroes - he hit a two-run homer against Georgia.
Murrayhill's players also missed having the chance to end their season the way so many of its other days had ended - with a win.
"We thought we were going to win because (Mexico) threw their ace yesterday," said right fielder Bryan Domogalla. "And like Trevor said, I wanted to play an international team."
Murrayhill finishes its World Series competition at 3-2 and its all-star summer at 18-3. The team also surpassed all previous Oregon teams' efforts at the series - there was only one before Murrayhill, and that 1958 Rose City Little League played and lost its only contest at the series.
"Top two in the country and third in the world isn't too bad," Nix added.
Also canceled due to Sunday's inclement weather at Williamsport were the Parade of Flags and Parade of Champions, scheduled to take place prior to the World Championship Game, and the ceremony to honor former Major League pitcher Mike Flanagan with the William A. "Bill" Shea Distinguished Little League Graduate Award has been cancelled. It will be held at a date, time and location to be announced.
For updates on the World Championship Game between the Asia and Southeast regional champions, visit www.littleleague.org.