JULY 23, 1999
In Sylacauga, Ala., Colby Rasmus strikes out 12 and reliever Brian Woodall strikes out the final batter of the night to lead the Phenix City National All-Stars to a 5-2 win over Theodore in the state tournament finals.
Rasmus allowed only one hit in the game, but he left with the bases loaded and two outs in the seventh. Woodall then struck out the final batter to pick up the save and preserve the victory.
Zack Martin smashed a two-run homer in the first for Phenix City, and Jeffrey Smith added a solo homer in the fourth.
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AUG. 15, 1999
Phenix City National manager Tony Rasmus tells an ESPN baseball analyst covering the Southern Regional in St. Petersburg, Fla., that he was not given time off by Glenwood School to manage the all-star team.
AUG. 17, 1999
Facing a bases-loaded jam in the Southern Regional in St. Petersburg, Fla., with two outs in the sixth inning, Woodall induces North Carolina's Jake Howland to ground out to first baseman Colby Rasmus to preserve a 3-2 victory and help Phenix City National to the Little League World Series. Before tiring, Rasmus recorded a title-game record 13 strikeouts.
AUG. 19, 1999
After a day of rest, the Phenix City National All-Stars arrive in Williamsport, Pa., for the Little League World Series.
AUG. 22, 1999
Phenix City drops its opener of the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa. Toms River, the defending world champions, had eight hits in a 6-0 victory. Martin has Phenix City's only hit.
AUG. 23, 1999
Facing elimination against U.S. Central winner Brownsburg, Ind., who was 18-0 in postseason play before the game, Phenix City trailed 4-0 in the fifth inning and hadn't scored a run in the tournament until Alex Acuff, pinch-hitting for William Gaston, smashed a solo homer to make it 4-1.
In the sixth inning, the last at-bat, Martin and Colby Rasmus singled. One batter later, Eric Skinner walked to load the bases, setting up Kyle Tidwell's game-ending grand slam to help Phenix City win 5-4 and remain alive.
AUG. 24, 1999
Gaston homered and Martin singled in two runs to give Phenix City an early lead, and the Phenix City Nationals ousted South Central Little League of Boise, Idaho, 12-0. The victory set up a rematch against Toms River.
AUG. 26, 1999
Trailing 2-0 in the second inning, heavy rain postponed the much-anticipated rematch with Toms River. Japan, a 12-2 winner over Puerto Rico in the international championship game, awaits the winner.
AUG. 27, 1999
A three-run second-inning that resumes from the previous day helps Phenix City claim the U.S. Championship. Gaston starts the second with a solo homer, then RBI singles from Brandon Monk and Cory Rasmus give the team all the runs it needs in a 3-2 win. Woodall earns the victory on the mound. The National All-Stars meet Japan for the world championship.
AUG. 28, 1999
Japan pitcher Kazuki Samiyama holds Phenix City to just two hits in a 5-0 victory, denying the National All-Stars the world title.
AUG. 29, 1999
A day after falling in the Little League World Series championship game, the Phenix City All-Stars and Japan are New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner's guests of honor at a Yankees-Seattle Mariners baseball game at Yankee Stadium in New York. Players from both teams take the field with Yankee players.
AUG. 30, 1999
The Phenix City National All-Stars make an appearance on "Good Morning America" and Fox News Channel before boarding a plane back home. That night, they attend a ceremony in their honor at the Phenix City amphitheater where more than 4,000 fans attend. Governor Don Siegelman, Phenix City mayor Peggy Martin, Congressman Bob Riley and Senators Ted Little, Lesley Vance and George Clay attend.