SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. -- Center fielder Trevor Tallent
knew he'd get a chance to redeem himself after he dropped a fly
ball and cost his team a run.
Tallent hit a three-run homer in the second inning to put
Morganton, N.C., ahead for good in a 10-4 victory over Davenport,
Iowa, in Friday's opening game of the Little League World Series.
Tallent allowed the game's first home run to bounce off his
glove and over the wall just a few feet from where his own homer
"When I dropped that ball, I was really disappointed," Tallent
said. "But when I hit the home run, it got my confidence back
In other games, Panama City, Panama, beat Ottawa, Ontario,
Canada 12-2 in five innings; Lincoln, R.I., faced Thousand Oaks,
Calif., in the late game.
Down 3-2 with two outs, Aaron Attaway and Chris Fine both
singled to set up Tallent's go-ahead shot over the center field
"It is a team game. If you make a mistake, one mistake is not
going to lose the game for us," said North Carolina manager Alan
Lail. "All of them just need to keep their head in the game and
have fun. We were tight the first two, three innings."
Iowa pulled within 5-4 in the fourth when Tyler Woody stole
second, then scored on two fielding errors.
But Fine padded the North Carolina lead with a two-run homer in
the bottom of the fourth. Tallent scored on a wild pitch, making it
8-4 at the end of the inning. Nick Chapman and Attaway scored on a
fielding error in the fifth to provide the final margin.
"From an offensive standpoint, they did a really good job
hitting," Iowa manager Thomas E. Kenyon Jr. "Those home runs
really hurt us."
Eli Lawson earned the win for North Carolina. Trevor Kenyon took
Iowa took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first when Jacob Gibson's
fly to center field bounced off Tallent's glove and over the wall,
driving in Cody Lambert.
"We were a little shaky the first inning, but pretty quickly
settled in, as has happened in past games," Lail said.
North Carolina came back to tie the game in the bottom of the
inning, with Attaway scoring on a bases-loaded walk and Fine coming
home on a passed ball.
Iowa took its last lead in the second when Joseph Black doubled,
then scored on Cody Perreault's RBI single for a 3-2 lead.
Panama 13, Canada 2, 5 innings
Alexis Martinez hit a three-run homer and gave up just one hit
for Panama City, which earned the mercy rule win when Eduardo Fruto
and Gonzalez hit RBI singles in the fifth. Canada had a 2-0 lead in
the first after runners scored on a passed ball and a wild pitch.