Post Oak Little League wins LLWS opener over Rhode Island

By Adam Wexler - Sports Anchor/Reporter
AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar

Houston's Ryan Selvaggi (19) celebrates after scoring on a wild pitch by Coventry, R.I., pitcher Tommy Turner (9) during the third inning in U.S. pool play at the Little League World Series baseball tournament in South Williamsport, Pa.,…

WILLIAMSPORT, Penn. - The kids from the Post Oak Little League were tested in their opening game at the Little League World Series, but they prevailed over a tough Coventry team from Rhode Island, 3-1.

A huge RBI triple from Ryan Selvaggi in the top of the third inning got Post Oak on the board, tying the game at one. He would score on a wild  pitch with Richie Klosek at the plate to give Post Oak a lead they would not relinquish.

“Our strengths are pitching and defense and you saw that tonight,” Manager David Rook said.

The team got a very strong start on the mound from Carter Pitts, despite Rhode Island scoring in the opening inning.

After the game resumed in the bottom of the first inning following a weather delay, Pitts fielded a weakly hit ground ball, but slipped on the wet grass. His throw to first sailed over the head of Klosek at first allowing an unearned run to score.

Pitts would finish with 4.1 innings pitched with no earned runs allowed. He struck out six batters.

“This is typical of Carter Pitts. He brings it. His curveball is filthy and he has plus velocity for his age,” Rook said.

Selvaggi would close out the game on the mound, retiring five of the six batters he faced, striking out three.

“I give my coach a lot of credit, they called great pitches,” Pitts said.

Post Oak’s final run came in the top of the sixth inning on an RBI single from Andy Guy.

Post Oak will next play the team from New York on Sunday at 10 a.m. in the double elimination United States bracket.

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