The Little League Baseball World Series famously showcases the talent of the best young players from all over the world, and so far, the tournament has already seen a perfect game and a no-hitter.
Friday when the Southeast’s team from North Carolina beat the Midwest’s team from South Dakota, it didn’t just earn a shutout. The players from the Tar Heel State stunned their Williamsport, Pennsylvania crowd when they combined to pitch a perfect game, winning 6-0 in the first round of the LLWS.
According to ESPN Stats & Info, it was the first perfect game in the LLWS since 2008 — when Mexico pitched it against Italy — and just the fifth overall since 1970. It was also the first perfect game from a U.S. team.
North Carolina’s perfect game is the fifth in the #LLWS since 1970, and the first involving teams from the U.S.
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) August 19, 2017
While North Carolina’s bats were hot — scoring four runs in the third inning — the team’s pitching and defense was on display. Right-handed pitcher Chase Anderson got the win for Southeast, pitching three innings before relievers Matthew Matthijs and Carson Hardee came in to secure the perfect game.
The LLWS is a double-elimination tournament with a United States and International bracket. The Southeast North Carolina team will take on the West team Sunday, while the Midwest’s South Dakota dropped to the losers’ bracket and will play the Northwest team Saturday night.
As Mexico looked to bounce back from a surprising 4-1 loss to Latin America on Thursday, it pummeled Italy, 13-0, to keep its championship hopes alive Saturday afternoon. It was the team’s fourth no-hitter and ties its record for largest shutout.
Mexico will play the winner of the Asia-Pacific vs. Japan game on Monday.