• Little League World Series 2019: Louisiana team beats Curacao, becomes first from state to win title

    By: Michelle Ewing, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

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    A Louisiana baseball team has become the first from the state to win a Little League World Series.

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    According to WDSU, the team of 12-year-olds from River Ridge, a New Orleans suburb, defeated Curacao in an 8-0 shutout Sunday to claim the title. 

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    Pitcher Egan Prather gave up only two hits during six innings, The Associated Press reported.

    “I can’t process it,” the team's manager, Scott Frazier, told the AP. “This tournament started with approximately 7,700 teams, and here we are with the best out of everybody. It’s just surreal.”

    Rep. Steve Scalise, R-Louisiana, took to Twitter to praise the team.

    "WORLD CHAMPS! Congratulations to Louisiana’s River Ridge team on winning the
    @LittleLeague World Series!!" Scalise tweeted. "So proud of this history-making team—our first-ever #LLWS champions. Way to represent [the United States] and Louisiana!"

    He added: "Next up → How about a trip to the @WhiteHouse@realDonaldTrump?"

    "Congratulations to Louisiana’s Champions. See you at the White House!" Trump replied.

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    Meanwhile, the team from Chofu, Japan, beat Hawaii 5-0 to claim third place in the championship, the AP reported.

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    – The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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