Clapp pitches, hits Missouri past New Hampshire
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. -- Landon Clapp was not discouraged by a poor start.
Clapp settled down on the mound and delivered at the plate as Columbia, Mo., overcame an early deficit to rout mistake-prone Portsmouth, N.H., 14-5 in a Little League World Series Pool B game.
Portsmouth, the New England champion, committed seven errors and had four wild pitches and two passed balls in a game that was postponed a day by rain.
"We laid an egg today, but dealing with 11- and 12-year-olds, those things can happen," Portsmouth manager Mark McCauley said. "You're not going to win a T-ball game with that kind of linescore. It was a complete 180 from the way we are accustomed to playing.
"It was contagious. We kicked the ball around a lot today. It got pretty tough, but I guarantee you these kids will come back focused tomorrow."
Portsmouth (1-1) jumped to a 3-0 lead against Clapp in the top of the second inning, but Columbia responded with three runs in the bottom half, three in the third, five in the fourth and three in the fifth.
"This is a good hitting team that is capable of scoring a lot of runs," Columbia manager Jeff Echelmeier said. "And we showed that today."
Columbia (1-1), the Midwest champion, made it 4-4 on an RBI double by Clapp -- who finished 3-for-3 with three RBI -- and took the lead for good when special pinch runner Carter Marcks scored on a passed ball in the third.
"We knew we could hit the ball," Clapp said. "We just had to go up there and hit it harder than they did."
Clapp allowed five runs -- four earned -- and 11 hits in six innings, striking out five without a walk.
Portsmouth's Keegan Taylor gave up eight runs -- four earned -- and six hits in 2 2/3 innings. Billy Hartmann, New Hampshire's third pitcher, surrendered six runs -- two earned -- and seven hits in two innings.
Matthew Feeney went 2-for-4 with three RBI in the loss.
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