Little Leaguer Takes a Very Painful One for the Team

There's no crying in baseball - but maybe there should be.

A screenshot from the Little League World Series. (ESPN)
A screenshot from the Little League World Series. (ESPN)
By Evan Bleier / August 21, 2018 9:15 am

No matter if it’s thrown by a little leaguer, a Triple-A hurler or an MLB ace, being hit with a 77-MPH pitch hurts … especially if it hits south of the equator.

Unfortunately for Puerto Rico’s Angel Vazquez, that’s exactly where lefty Arod McKenzie plunked him in the fifth inning of an elimination game Monday at the Little League World Series.

Vazquez was squaring around to bunt when the first pitch of the at-bat nailed him and sent him doubling over in pain.

Vazquez had to leave the game, but his team went on to win 3-1.

Hopefully for the young second baseman, there was plenty of ice in the dugout.

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