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Jackie Robinson West wins first game in Little League World Series by mercy rule

Chicago’s Jackie Robinson West All-Stars slaughtered Washington’s Lynnwood Pacific in five innings Thursday in the first round of the Little League World Series, reported the Chicago Tribune today. Pierce Jones hit three home runs and a triple leading the team to a victorious 12-2 win.

Congresswoman Robin Kelly, representing the 2nd Illinois' Congressional district, joined local fans in rooting on the Jackie Robinson West kids at Jackie Robinson Park this afternoon!
(John V. Moore w/permission)

The Chicago Sun Times added that Chicago’s Jackie Robinson West All-Stars won its game by virtue of the mercy rule. The next game will be played on Sunday against Las Vegas' Mountain Ridge All-Stars, who defeated a North Dakota team, Canyon Lake Little League, by a score of 12-2.

The Morgan Park-based team, Chicago’s Jackie Robinson West All-Stars, allowed two runs in the bottom of the first inning, but shut out Lynwood the remainder of the game. Pierce Jones hit a home run in the top of the fifth inning—his third in the game—that gave Jackie Robinson West the requisite ten-run lead for the mercy rule to come into play. Little League rules state that if a team is up by at least 10 runs after four innings of play, the game is over. Lynwood was given the opportunity to cut the lead under 10 runs in the bottom of the fifth.

Governor Pat Quinn said, "This group of young ballplayers and their coaches have made all of Illinois proud. I wish them the best of luck as they represent our state on the worldwide stage."

Congresswoman Robin Kelly of Illinois' 2nd Congressional district in Illinois, told the Chicago City Hall Examiner, "In their first game at the Little League World Series, Jackie Robinson West proved why they are one of the best teams in the country. After getting runs in every inning and three homeruns from Pierce Jones, the hometown team won by mercy rule to advance. I am so proud of this team and how they were able to focus despite all of the media attention and just have fun on the field. I know they will continue to work hard and make us proud."

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel was also excited, issuing a press statement saying, "Once again the Jackie Robinson West All-Stars continue to make Chicago proud. I was proud to join more than 600 of their fans this afternoon at Jackie Robinson Park to watch them begin their run towards history. While it is only the first round, they have already inspired the entire City of Chicago with their athleticism and their determination to succeed. They continue to remind us what all of our children can achieve when we invest in them and when we believe in them. Congratulations to Coach Butler and this very determined group of young men."

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