WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — What began as one of thousands of All-Star journeys across the country earlier this summer ended for Mountain Ridge on Sunday, the final day of the Little League season.
The first team in Nevada history to advance to the Little League World Series fell to Japan 5-0 in the third-place game before 7,083 at Lamade Stadium and an ESPN audience.
Mountain Ridge manager Ashton Cave stayed true to his message to the end, starting all his reserves in the consolation game so that each could have that experience in Williamsport.
Austin Kryszczuk, Bradley Stone and Brennan Holligan, all key players in Mountain Ridge advancing to the World Series, appeared in pinch-hitting roles.
Mountain Ridge threw four pitchers — Zach Hare, Andrew Matulich, Josh Zuehlsdorff and Dillon Jones — and none of its top three.
Japan started ace Takuma Takahashi, who pitched a complete-game three-hitter while striking out 11.
Mountain Ridge fell 7-5 to Chicago in the U.S. championship game on Saturday.
Mountain Ridge returns home Monday night as the United States runners-up. The team’s flight is scheduled to arrive in Las Vegas at 8:30 p.m. via US Airways from Philadelphia.
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