Greenville became the first U.S. team in World Series history to pitch consecutive no-hitters Sunday when it blitzed Rancho Santa Margarita, 16-0, in a game that was halted after five innings by Little League’s “mercy rule.”
With the loss, Rancho drops into the loser’s bracket where it will play the team from Jackson, N.J. in an elimination game Monday (ESPN, noon PDT).
That’s become a common refrain among the Greenville players and coaches, who have adopted “surreal” as their favorite word to describe their World Series experience.
They played that way Sunday, when homers by JoeJoe Byrne and Carson Hardee — the second with the bases loaded — giving Greenville a 6-0 lead after two innings.
Lucky and good, with North Carolina delivering the knockout blow in the fifth, scoring nine times on eight hits, including a pair of doubles.
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