Texas takes third place behind Williams' near complete game vs. Curacao


SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. -- The team from Lubbock, Texas,
pitched a no-hitter and won the third-place game at the Little
League World Series on Sunday, beating Willemstad, Curacao, 1-0
behind 14 strikeouts by Garret Williams.

Williams came within an out of a complete game. He was relieved
with two outs in the sixth after reaching the 85-pitch Little
League limit.

The 12-year-old left-hander was replaced by Taylor Bridges, who
walked the first batter he faced, Jeandimar Ignacia. Vincent
Anthonia then reached on an error and the tying run moved into
scoring position, but Deion Rosalia popped out to end the game and
preserve the combined no-hitter.

"I was pretty mad," Williams said when asked about being
pulled. "But I knew that Taylor could come in and shut them down
for me."

It was the 16th no-hitter at the World Series since pool play
began in 1992.

Williams finished the tournament with 42 strikeouts in 16

"It's been one of the best summers of my life," Williams said.

Is he ready to go back to school?

"A little bit," he said before adding, "although I'd like to
stay here a little bit and play more baseball."

Lubbock scored its only run in the top of the fifth. Walks
loaded the bases before Bridges scored on a wild pitch.

Anthonia took the loss. He allowed two hits, struck out 10 and
walked five in four-plus innings.