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Osborne strikes out 14; Louisville beats Harlem

Posted: Monday, August 19, 2002

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. -- Zachary Osborne struck out 14 -- the last two with the bases loaded in the sixth inning -- as Louisville, Ky., beat Harlem 2-0 on Sunday night in pool play in the Little League World Series.

Osborne struck out Fernando Frias and Spencer White to end the game after the New York City team loaded the bases on hits by Javier Lopez, Alibay Barkley and Jorge Lopez.

''I was really nervous in the last inning,'' Osborne said. ''Bases loaded, two outs, with their No. 5 hitter. I just took a deep breath, calmed down and struck the guy out.''

Jeremy Lopez struck out eight for Harlem (1-1).

Harlem manager Morris McWilliams described Kentucky as just an ''all right'' team with a good pitcher on the mound, saying the game turned on his team's errors.

''We committed three errors, and that's how they scored,'' McWilliams said. ''They didn't score any earned runs.''

Osborne scored both runs for Louisville (2-0).

He tripled down the right-field line in the third, and scored on a fielder's choice to give Louisville a 2-0 lead. Louisville loaded the bases with just one out, but Lopez struck out two.

''This is a huge win for us,'' said Louisville manager J. Troy Osborne, the pitcher's father. ''Harlem is very aggressive, very big kids, very strong kids. When they hit, they hit the ball hard. We feel lucky to come out with a 2-0 record.''

In other games, Aptos, Calif., beat Clemmons, N.C., 11-8; Fort Worth, Texas, routed Waipahu, Hawaii, 8-0; Agana, Guam, beat Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, 9-6; and Monterrey, Mexico, rallied to beat Moscow 4-3.

Texas 8, Hawaii 0

Michael ''Mikey'' Valdez's threw a one-hitter, and Walker Kelly doubled twice and drove in three runs to help Fort Worth improve to 2-0. Waipahu dropped to 1-1.

California 11, North Carolina 8

Brian Godoy hit a grand slam and Andrew Biancardi added a two-run homer in a six-run fourth for Aptos (1-1).

Alex Robertson hit a two-run homer and Christopher Sanders followed with a solo blast in the fourth for Clemmons (0-2).

Guam 9, Saudi Arabia 6

Taylor Taitague, John M. Dazo and Hosea L.C. Ware hit home runs in the top of the sixth for Agana (1-1). Ware also homered in the fifth inning. Dhahran also is 1-1.

Mexico 4, Russia 3

Rodolfo Garcia and Diego Segura hit back-to-back home runs in the fourth inning as Monterrey (1-1) rallied to win.

Dmitri Tchaikovski had an RBI grounder for Moscow (0-2) in a three-run second.



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