Aug 16, 2013
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Westport Beats South Nashville in Little League World Series Opener

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.

See the full story at New Haven Register online.

Westport Beats South Nashville in Little League World Series Opener

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