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Montana madness! Boys from Billings win state's LLWS debut; Mexico cruises in opener
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) ' The boys from Billings keep making Montana Little League history.
The first team from the state to advance to South Williamsport overcame a shaky start and three solo homers Thursday by the sluggers from Rapid City, S.D., to win its Little League World Series debut, 6-4.
Connor Kieckbusch and his teammates were understandably a little anxious when they first trotted on to the manicured field at Lamade Stadium, with about 11,400 fans watching their every move.
Those nerves disappeared after a five-run fourth inning highlighted by Kieckbusch's two-run single and Cole McKenzie's two-RBI double with two outs.
Mexicali, Mexico, shut out Kaoshiung, Taiwan, 3-0 in the series' first game Thursday behind a two-hitter by flame-throwing righty Jorge Jacobo. He's just 12 years old.