SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. -- Frank Smith provided a sense of hope but immediately turned it into heartbreak.
Smith broke up David Hearne's no-hitter with a single in the sixth but was tagged out on a crazy play as Staten Island, N.Y., lost 1-0 to Lemont, Ill., on Sunday night in Pool A of the Little League World Series.
Lemont improved to 1-1 and Staten Island fell to 0-2 in pool play.
After Peter Sciarillo drew a one-out walk against Hearne in the sixth, Smith followed with a base hit to center, but Sciarillo was thrown out attempting to advance to third base for the second out.
Apparently thinking the game was over, Smith began walking from second base toward the dugout and was tagged out to end the game.
"When I saw [Frank Smith] coming toward the dugout, I said [to
myself], 'What is he doing?' and said to [third baseman Michael
Kamp] 'Throw me the ball' and I tagged him out," first baseman
Jeff Worsech said.
Even though Hearne did not record the no-hitter, he got the win. He struck out eight while walking three.
Hearne got his lone run of support in the second when Austin Mastela was hit in the head by a pitch from Staten Island starter Joe Calabrese. Zak Kutsulis ran for Mastela, who was taken to the hospital, and scored on Chris Stoeberl's RBI triple to right.
"He's [Mastela] gonna have a CAT scan done," Lemont coach Mike
Hall said. "[He has] a big hematoma in the back of the ear and
it needed to be drained."
"[Calabrese] gave me a fastball right down the middle of the
plate," Stoeberl said. "I had to do something with it."
Calabrese, who hit four batters, allowed a run, two hits and two walks. He struck out nine in six innings.