Columbus High coach Bobby Howard, Shaw High coach Mike Getkin make trip
By CHUCK WILLIAMS
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — Columbus Northern shortstop Brandon Pugh’s father, Brad, played on the 1992 Columbus High state championship team.
Pugh said he gave his son a little advice Friday before the Little League World Series started.
“I told him to have fun, stay back on the curveball,” Pugh said. “He knows how to play the game.”
Brandon Pugh came through in the 6-2 win over Hawaii. He drove in two runs with a single.
“A curveball,” Brandon Pugh said.
Happy for Ginga
Japan’s Ginga Maruoka had a big three-run homer Friday night in his team’s 4-2 win over Mexico.
Many of the Columbus players have become fast friends with Maruoka.
Jalen Latta said he gave Maruoka a “big thumbs up” at lunch Saturday.
“I tried to congratulate him, but he didn’t understand anything else I said,” Latta said.
Coaches make trip
Columbus High baseball coach Bobby Howard was at Northern’s opening game. Two of his assistant coaches, Jeff Boatner and Don McClintock, were also inside Lamade Stadium. McClintock’s grandson is Northern infielder Jack Copley.
Boatner and Howard talked about making the three-hour drive to Cooperstown, N.Y., to visit the baseball Hall of Fame before going back to Columbus on Monday.
Shaw High coach Mike Getkin was also at the game. “This is an amazing place,” Getkin said.
After Saturday’s game Getkin was headed to Baltimore to watch the Orioles and Rangers before going back to Columbus.
Best name in the tournament: Great Lakes third baseman Brooks Robinson. And he is wearing No. 5, just like the former Baltimore Orioles Hall of Famer.
And what did the Hamilton, Ohio, kid do in his first Little League World Series at-bat? Lined a double down the third base line for two RBI. Just what the original Brooks Robinson would have done.
Robinson’s Great Lakes team did something the elder Robinson’s Baltimore teams did — win. Great Lakes pounded the East team from Toms River, N.J. 16-6.