By BRETT R. CROSSLEY
WILLIAMSPORT–Jude Abbadessa came to the plate in the fourth inning knowing his team needed him to start something offensively.
Abbadessa quickly jumped on the first pitch he saw, breaking up a perfect game and no-hitter all in one swing.
The next two batters would record the last two hits for the Mid-Atlantic, but it would be enough as it defeated the Asia-Pacific, 2-1, to win the 2016 Little League World Series.
The game opened with both pitchers in complete control.
Seum Kwon logged the only hit after he beat out a grounder to third.
In the second, James Fellows made an outstanding catch, slamming into the wall just as the ball landed in his glove.
The Asia-Pacific recorded two singles through the first two innings, but stranded three runners as the Mid-Atlantic looked sharp on defense.
In the third inning Ryan Harlost turned a double play after catching a line drive and doubling up Jungtaek Ru at first.
Junho Jeong looked sharp to open for the Asia-Pacific. He forced a ground out and pop out to open before striking seven batters out to reach the fourth inning untouched.
Harlost did his best impression of Jeong in the fourth, fanning the side to keep the game knotted at 0-0.
The Mid-Atlantic finally got to Jeong when Abbadessa drove a ball into shallow centerfield to breakup the perfect game and no-hitter. Harlost followed with a double. Conner Rush then hit a single for the game’s first run. A second run would score on a passed ball.
Yoomin Lee helped the Asia-Pacific respond in the top of the fifth as he came on as a pinch-hitter to hit a solo home run to right field.
Mid-Atlantic 2, Asia-Pacific 1
AP 000 001-1 5 1
MA 000 200-2 3 0
Junho Jeong, Wontae Cho (5), and Junseo Cho. Ryan Harlost and Conner Rush.
WP: Harlost. LP: Jeong.
Top Asia-Pacific hitters: Yoomin Lee 1-1, HR, run, RBI. Top Mid-Atlantic hitters: Conner Rush 1-2, RBI.