WASHINGTON, Pa. — The William S. Hart team from Newhall beat Edogawa, Japan, 3-2, to win the Pony League World Series Thursday night. Afterwards, both teams were in tears.
"Our boys lived together with the Japanese team at Washington-Jefferson College," Hart Coach Regis Malone said. "They made such close friends with those boys in just a week. The Japanese boys were crying because they had lost a close game. When they congratulated each other, our boys couldn't hold it in and started crying, too."
But at least the tears from the Hart team were ones of joy.
Hart scored all its runs in the first inning. Darin Tsukashima singled and scored on a double into the left-center alley by Lance Migita, who went 2-for-4.
Robbie Davis walked and then executed a double steal with Migita. Jason Malone, the coach's 14-year-old son, doubled into the right-field corner, scoring both runners and giving Hart a 3-0 lead.