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Little League W.S. Notebook

August 26, 2000

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) _ Dustin Corl had two hits, including a two-run triple, leading the U.S. Team to a 14-2 win over the International Team in Friday’s Little League World Series All-Star Game.

Jackson Evans, of Vancouver, Wash., also had two hits and scored twice.

Trailing 2-0, Corl, of Davenport, Iowa, started a six-run, second-inning when he tripled to the right-field wall, driving home Evans and Stephen DesJarlais. Corl’s triple was the first in 14 Series games this week.

The U.S. team added seven more runs on two hits and two errors in a sloppy fourth inning.

Because of the lopsided score, both teams agreed to call the game after five innings.

For the All-Star members from the Goffstown, N.H. team, it was their first taste of victory all week, after the team went 0-3.

Ex-major leaguer Orel Hershiser _ and honorary manager of the International Team _ drew a reaction from the crowd in the fourth inning when he went to the mound to talk to Toronto pitcher Joshua Pisapio.

An ``Oooooh,″ from the crowd went up because, under Little League rules, managers are not allowed past the foul line to talk to their pitchers.

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OFFERS POUR IN: Bellaire manager Terry McConn already has an assistant to handle the requests that have come in for his team.

McConn said calls have already come from the staffs of Jay Leno’s Tonight Show and David Letterman’s Late Night.

And that doesn’t even include what they’re planning back in Bellaire, located within the borders of Houston.

``Parades in downtown Houston, parades in Bellaire. The list just keeps growing and they’re not even telling us half of it,″ McConn said.

It may not end soon. At least that’s what McConn heard from Don Turley, manager of the Northwest 45-Spring, Texas, squad that lost the Series final in 1995.

``He’s still getting calls from people wanting to talk to him about it,″ McConn said. ``Anyway, we’ll deal with that when we get there.″

Maracaibo manager Eduvino Quevedo hasn’t heard much yet from his homeland, only because it’s more difficult for people in Venezuela to reach him.

Even so, Quevedo said a Series title would certainly get his squad an invite to the capital and a meeting with the president.

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LEO KEEPS ON HITTING: Tokyo’s Leo Nakayama capped a remarkable week of batting by leading his team to the Series hitting contest Friday.

Nakayama hit four homers in five swings, lifting Tokyo ahead of Davenport, Iowa, in a competition based on points.

It’s been that kind of week for Nakayama, who went 8-for-10 with 11 runs scored and eight RBIs in four games.

``He practices everyday, whenever he has a chance. He’s been doing that for a couple of years,″ interpreter Bill Lundy said, speaking for Nakayama.

``Hitting’s not that unusual for him. However, to have hit this well in such a major tournament it’s very thrilling.″

Added manager Masumi Ohmae: ``He loves baseball so much and that comes from his heart. And by practicing something that he loves every day is what makes him so special and so good.″

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BASELINES: Bellaire manager McConn’s father Jim McConn was a two-term mayor or Houston, and managed Levy Park-Houston to the 14-year-old World Series championship in 1962. ... Little League mascot Dugout celebrated his 10th birthday and was awarded an extra large-sized baseball bat. ... Actor Kevin Costner, who will be enshrined in the Little League Hall of Excellence, watched Friday’s All-Star Game from the press section. Asked if he had ever been to Williamsport, the ``Field of Dreams″ star replied: ``No, but I’ve dreamed about it.″

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