North Carolina tops Iowa in World Series



The Rhode Island/California game was rained out.
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) -- Trevor Tallent's team fell behind when he let a fly ball to center field bounce off his glove and over the wall. But Tallent knew he'd get a second chance.
Talent hit a three-run homer in the second inning to put Morganton, N.C., ahead for good in a 10-4 victory over Davenport, Iowa, in Friday's opening game of the Little League World Series.
"When I dropped that ball, I was really disappointed," Tallent said. "But when I hit the home run, it got my confidence back up."
Down 3-2 with two outs, Aaron Attaway and Chris Fine both singled to set up Tallent's go-ahead shot over the center field wall.
"It is a team game. If you make a mistake, one mistake is not going to lose the game for us," North Carolina manager Alan Lail said. "All of them just need to keep their head in the game and have fun. We were tight the first two, three innings."
Iowa pulled within 5-4 in the fourth when Tyler Woody stole second, then scored on two fielding errors.
Fine also homers
But Fine padded the North Carolina lead with a two-run homer in the bottom of the fourth. Tallent scored on a wild pitch, making it 8-4 at the end of the inning. Nick Chapman and Attaway scored on a fielding error in the fifth to provide the final margin.
"From an offensive standpoint, they did a really good job hitting," Iowa manager Thomas E. Kenyon Jr. "Those home runs really hurt us."
Eli Lawson earned the win for North Carolina. Trevor Kenyon took the loss.
Iowa took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first when Jacob Gibson's fly to center field bounced off Tallent's glove and over the wall, driving in Cody Lambert.
"We were a little shaky the first inning, but pretty quickly settled in, as has happened in past games," Lail said.
North Carolina came back to tie the game in the bottom of the inning, with Attaway scoring on a bases-loaded walk and Fine coming home on a passed ball.
Iowa took its last lead in the second when Joseph Black doubled, then scored on Cody Perreault's RBI single for a 3-2 lead.
The game between Lincoln, R.I., and Thousand Oaks, Calif., was postponed until Tuesday due to rain.
Panama 13, Canada 2, 5 innings
Alexis Martinez hit a three-run homer and gave up just one hit for Panama City, which earned the mercy rule win when Eduardo Fruto and Gonzalez hit RBI singles in the fifth. Canada had a 2-0 lead in the first after runners scored on a passed ball and a wild pitch.
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