The Little League World Series has been packed with offense, and it seems like the 2010 Little League World Series has had even more offense than in the past. The most ironic part though, is that the best offensive team coming into the tournament (Auburn, Washington) was held to only one run in the first game of the tournament. That probably won’t hold up when they take the field again on Tuesday, and we might expect quite a few runs from the Northwest vs. New England game this time around.
On the first day of play, Pearland, Texas scored 10 runs against the Plymouth, Minnesota team that also scored eight runs. Then there was Puerto Rico (representing the Caribbean) that scored 11 runs against the Germany team from Europe later in the day. Those games ended up paling in comparison to the 16 runs the Hamilton, Ohio team put up on Toms River, New Jersey and then the 18 runs that Chinese Taipei scored against Saudi Arabia on Saturday.
The scoring carried over to Sunday, when Mexico scored 11 runs against Germany, Panama scored 13 runs against Saudi Arabia, and then Pearland, Texas scored 16 runs against Fairfield, Connecticut. The most unbelievable offensive output came in the top bracket of Pool D, where undefeated Canada played undefeated Chinese Taipei. The Chinese Taipei team scored 23 runs in the four inning game, getting two home runs from Hsun-Hao Shih and six RBI from Shao-Fei Huang.
These games could just be aberrations, but as the pitchers tire in this tournament, we could see some great offensive games when two of these teams meet up.