Chula Vista, Calif. shuts out Grosse Pointe Woods-Shores in Little League World Series opener

Grant Holman tosses no hitter in win

By: Jason Carmel Davis | Online Only | Published August 16, 2013

WILLIAMSPORT, PA. — Chula Vista, Calif., pitcher Grant Holman threw a no hitter in seven innings of work as his squad knocked off Grosse Pointe Woods-Shores 3-0 in the opening round of the 2013 Little League Baseball World Series.

The game took place Aug. 16 in Williamsport, Pa. Holman's no hitter is just the 47th in the history of the Little League Baseball World Series.

Chula Vista (1-0), the West representative, advances to face the winner of a matchup between Newark, Del., and Urbandale, Iowa, at 5 p.m. Aug. 18.

Grosse Pointe Woods-Shores (0-1), the Great Lakes representative, will meet the loser of the Delaware-Iowa game at 8 p.m. Aug. 17. The loser of that game will be bounced from the double-elimination tournament.

Holman and Grosse Pointe Woods-Shores hurler Chad Lorkowski were locked in a pitcher's duel. Through six full innings, the two pitchers combined for one hit, no runs and 24 strikeouts.

Holman finished with 12 strikeouts and one walk in seven innings of work.

Lorkowski left the game after hitting the 85-pitch limit. The Woods-Shores hurler finished with 12 punchouts, one hit and two walks.

Chula Vista was able to get to Woods-Shores reliever Antonio Moceri in the top of the seventh inning. The first two Chula Vista batters reached on singles. After a Moceri strikeout, the Woods-Shores reliever hit Chula Vista left fielder Kevin Bateman II to load the bases. Chula Vista catcher Patrick Archer slapped a single to center fielder, driving in two runs to give Chula Vista a 2-0 lead. Micah Wiggs, who recorded the only hit off of Lorkowski, knocked in Bateman II to make it 3-0.

Grosse Pointe Woods-Shores could not rally in the bottom half of the seventh inning, recording three ground ball out and failing to reach base.

The Woods-Shores squad is only the 10th from Michigan to advance to the Little League Baseball World Series.