Chicago’s Jackie Robinson West All-Stars slaughtered Washington’s Lynnwood Pacific in five innings Thursday in the first round of the Little League World Series as Pierce Jones hit three home runs and a triple leading the team to a no-doubt-about-it 12-2 win. Fortunately for Chicago, and not for Washington, the 5th inning slaughter rule came into play and Lynnwood Pacific's day ended mercifully early with a double digit loss to the more superior team from the Windy City.
I made the comment during the game that Pierce Jones should be playing for the Cubs or Sox - either team could use a player that can hit three homers and a triple in just five innings!
The team became the first Chicago team to compete in the Little League World Series in about three decades and has generated support from baseball professionals and fans back home who gathered today at Jackie Robinson Field for a watch party arranged for by city leaders and the Chicago White Sox...classy move. People were also lining up to buy Jackie Robinson West T-Shirts sales of which help defray the travel expenses for the players’ parents.
The team faces its next opponent on Sunday at 1 p.m. CT and I must admit I am following this team with great interest and high hopes that the team can take on any opponent and have the slaughter rule come into effect over and over again. To quote Uncle Jesse (thank you John Stamos!) from the old TV show Full House, HAVE MERCY!
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