Text size:

  • Small
  • Normal
  • Large
Zane Horger came on for an ailing Osama Hoshida to provide 4.2 innings of relief in the UAE’s 9-8 win over Guam.
Zane Horger came on for an ailing Osama Hoshida to provide 4.2 innings of relief in the UAE’s 9-8 win over Guam.

Little League World Series: Zane Horger provides relief for UAE side

Victory for the UAE on Friday in their final game of the Little League tournament ensured they can return home from the Philippines with their heads held high.

It may not have been enough to allow them to progress through to the play-off stages at the Asia Pacific and Middle East Little League tournament, but victory for the UAE on Friday in their final game ensured they can return home from the Philippines with their heads held high.

A 9-8 success over Guam at Manila, inspired by a strong pitching display from Zane Horger, ended a run of four defeats that had ended Joe Page's team's hopes of qualifying for the Little League World Series in Bridgeport, Connecticut, the reward for the top sides in the tournament, which concludes tomorrow with the final.

Horger had replaced Osama Hoshida as the pitcher early in the game, with Hoshida visibly struggling with an arm injury.

The UAE had made an impressive start to the game, picking up five runs in the first inning as their batters were twice able to load up the bases as they took a liking to the Guam pitching.

Horger impressed with his accurate pitching that proved difficult for the Guam batters to read.

He kept things tight throughout his spell against opponents who were under pressure to secure a win to boost their hopes of reaching the knockout stages, as Guam entered the game with a 2-2 record.

Horger was relieved during the fifth inning by Lukas Bley with one more out required.

Holding the advantage going into the final inning catcher Joe Sexton picked off a Guam base runner at second on a steal attempt and UAE centre fielder Ryan Hirsbrunner chased down a long fly ball holding a Guam player at first base, who may have scored had he missed the ball.

Bley battled through to find his third out on a strikeout throw down to first which threw the Guam hitter out. The victory ensured the UAE finish with a record of 1-4 from their group games, having earlier in the week-long event suffered reversals at the hands of Hong Kong, Singapore, the Philippines and Indonesia.

While there maybe no further action for the UAE, the event goes on today with the group play-off matches before the final wraps up proceedings.

 

sports@thenational.ae

 

twitter Follow us @SprtNationalUAE

Back to the top

More articles


Editor's Picks

 Chris Burch will play fly-half as part of a new-look back line for the UAE national rugby union team that will face Singapore at The Sevens grounds in Dubai. Sarah Dea / The National

Chris Burch to lead UAE’s charge against Singapore

he UAE’s bid to safeguard their place in the second tier of Asian rugby against Singapore next week will be piloted by a player who was contemplating retirement from the sport at this time last year.

 Seiichi Shimomura, centre, is part of a Japan squad that is the gold standard for sides such as the UAE, here in a Asian Five Nations rugby match at Dubai on May 10, 2013 and Singapore aspire to reach. Marwan Naamani / AFP

UAE and Singapore are rugby teams with a similar tale to tell

The UAE versus Singapore in rugby: a battle to see whether our expatriates are better than their expatriates, surely? Well, maybe not for much longer.

 Southampton owner Katharina Liebherr is pictured before the Premier League match between Southampton and Liverpool at St Mary's Stadium in Southampton, southern England, on March 1, 2014. Glyn Kirk / AFP

New Southampton owner leading club’s resurgence from the shadows

Katharina Liebherr keeping with family tradition and letting others dominate the spotlight

 Sharjah Cricket Stadium's colorful past was never like this – the IPL match between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Delhi Daredevils was loud, raucous and commerical. Pawan Singh / The National

No need for rose-coloured glasses when Sharjah Cricket Stadium host IPL

Sharjah still plays well as India's home away from home when it comes to big-time cricket, but the commercial overtones were in overdrive.

 Jorginho accepts the challenge that lies ahead for Al Wasl's improvement, and the club says it will give him time ... if they see results.  Jeffrey E Biteng / The National

Wasl will give Jorginho time but results in Arabian Gulf League are needed

Al Wasl officials said they will provide Jorginho, their new coach, sufficient time to change the club’s fortunes while also warning that his fate ultimately will depend on results.

 Mickael Barzalona riding Sudden Wonder, left, to victory in the Tattersalls Millions Trophy at Newmarket racecourse on April 17, 2014 in Newmarket, England. Alan Crowhurst/ Getty Images

Godolphin boosted by performances of two fresh horses at Newmarket

Be Ready underwhelms in Craven Stakes during otherwise successful day for stables

Events

To add your event to The National listings, click here

Get the most from The National