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Top five performances in Little League World Series history
There have been plenty of great performances in the 65 years the Little League World Series has been played.
In 1957, the first and only perfect game thrown in the Little League World Series was accomplished by a scrappy industrial team from Monterrey, Mexico. Angel Macias pitched Latin American to a 4-0 win over a team from LaMesa, Calif. Even more impressive was that Monterrey would repeat as Little League World Series champs a year later in 1958 after defeating Kankakee, Ill., 10-1 in the title game. Monterrey was the first international team to win the tournament. The Smithsonian states "The Perfect Game" is a movie that chronicles the team's struggle to rise out of poverty to bring hope to their city.
Danny Yacarino threw a no-hitter in the 1964 title game and hit a home run to lead his Mid-Island Little League team from Staten Island to the championship. They defeated a team from Monterrey, Mexico, 4-0 in the eight-team tournament. Mid-Island started a long tradition of sending teams from the New York City area to the Little League World Series.
Sean Burroughs pitched two no-hitters in the 1993 Little League World Series for Long Beach, Calif. He led his team to back-to-back titles for the first time on the American side in 1992 and 1993. In the American championship game before the finals, Burroughs hit two home runs to help win the game 11-0 over a team from Bedford, N.H.
Panama played Long Beach in the 1993 final and was led by Carlos Arauz. He had a no-hitter in the international championship game over Germany by a 5-0 score. The dramatic World Series championship would be one of the all-time great games in history as Long Beach won 3-2.
Dalton Carriker lived the dream of every boy in the Little League World Series. In 2007, he hit a walk-off home run in the bottom of the eighth inning (games are six innings long) to win the title game for Warner Robins, Ga. The Japanese team was ahead 2-0 before Georgia stormed back to tie it in regulation and win in extra innings. The victory was the third in a row for American teams and on the way to five straight titles for teams from the United States.
William Browning was born in St. Louis and is a lifelong St. Louis Cardinals fan. He currently resides in Branson, Mo.
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