They were in awe again a batter later as Joseph Wisniewski used his left-handed uppercut swing to shoot line-drive home runs to right-center field.
The 71st edition of the tournament begins Thursday with four games: Mexico vs. Latin America at 10 a.m. PDT; Fairfield, Conn., vs. Jackson, N.J., at noon; Canada vs. Europe-Africa at 2 p.m.; and Grosse Pointe vs. Lufkin, Texas, at 4 p.m.
“It’s the evolution of the game as kids are getting bigger and stronger,” Grosse Pointe coach Jason Hill said.
Grosse Pointe’s 6.6 runs per game during regional play was among the lowest offensive output among the teams competing this week.
“We’ve got some power in our lineup,” said coach Chris Shaw of Hills Little League from Sydney, Australia, which will face Japan on Friday.
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