Aug 16, 2013
05:05 AMThe Connecticut Story
Westport Beats South Nashville in Little League World Series Opener
Westport, Conn.'s Ricky Offenberg (15) is greeted by teammates as he heads home after hitting a solo home run off Nashville, Tenn., pitcher Tanner Morgan in the fifth inning of a baseball game during U.S. pool play at the Little League World Series tournament in South Williamsport, Pa., Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013. Westport won 3-2. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
One of the biggest questions Westport faced heading into the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa., was how it would respond to adversity. With a perfect 18-0 record on the line, the team got its first real test Thursday against South Nashville, Tenn., in its opening game at Lamade Stadium.
After South Nashville took a 2-1 lead in the top of the fifth inning, Westport responded quite nicely. Ricky Offenberg blasted a solo home run to tie the game. Chris Drbal followed with a single and Chad Knight came through with a hard-hit RBI double to send Drbal home in a 3-2 victory.
Westport advances to the winner’s bracket, where it will face Northwest Regional champion Eastlake of Sammamish, Wash., on Sunday at 2 p.m. (ABC).
“We’ve been in tough spots several times this year and the kids always find a way to battle back,” Westport head coach Tim Rogers said. “They just keep battling. Never give up. And they know how to keep grinding.”
Westport (19-0) ran the spectrum of emotions on Thursday.
From securing a lead, to a tie game, to the brink of defeat, the team found a way to battle back each time.