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Connecticut No-Hitter At Little League World Series

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Little League World Series (Rob Carr/Getty Images)

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SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) _ Will Lucas threw a no-hitter to
lead Fairfield, Conn., past New Castle, Ind., 4-0 Monday night at
the Little League World Series.

The 12-year-old right-hander struck out 13 and also had a
two-run single in the fifth. When it was over, he pumped his fist
high in the air before falling to the ground as his teammates piled
on top of him near the mound.

“Once I saw him in the bullpen, I knew it was going to be a
good night,” catcher Biagio Paoletta said.

Matt Kubel homered for Connecticut, which will play California
in a rematch on Tuesday night. Connecticut lost the first matchup
6-4 last week.

Lucas said he was aware of his no-hit bid during the game, in
part because Kubel mentioned it to him in the dugout during the
game.

“You know you’re not supposed to do that, right,” manager Bill
Meury said as he looked over at Kubel. The 13-year-old first
baseman grinned as he nodded sheepishly.

One out away from completing the no-hitter, Lucas was surrounded
by his infielders for an impromptu conference on the mound.

Lucas changed speeds effectively all night, and third baseman
Kevin Oricoli dared him to mix it up even more by throwing a
knuckleball.

Not a chance, Lucas said.

“If it was hit, he’d probably run out … and tackle me to the
ground,” said Lucas, an ice pack strapped to his potent right
shoulder.

Indiana was eliminated with the loss.

“I think we did some really good things here,” manager Tim
Porter said. “At the end of the day life is a lot bigger than
baseball. … We would have liked to win this thing, but we
didn’t.”

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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