If you can't win fairly, you are not a Champion, nor deserving to play in a championship round.
from a Portsmouth, NH paper (Herald)
"Portsmouth coach Mark McCauley called it one of the worst days in his life, and said the most gut-wrenching moment during that miserable afternoon came when Vermont's third baseman stopped wiping the tears from his eyes, turned to him and said, "Please let him hit it."
...Shortly thereafter McCauley instructed Stephen Hemming to strike out intentionally so he could protest the outcome.
...Place told the Burlington Free Press that he put Bentley into the game as a pinch-runner in the fourth inning and intended to have him pinch-hit later in that inning, a move that is allowed by Little League rules. Place said he forgot to make the substitution.
...McCauley said he also became concerned during Hemming's at-bat after he heard someone in the crowd yell, "Just hit the kid."
According to McCauley, the next pitch hit the knob of Hemming's bat. McCauley said he did not speak with the Vermont coach following the game.
"It was awful," McCauley said. "Absolutely awful. We had to be escorted off the field by security. Both teams were robbed of a valuable moment -- even if that moment was a 9-8 loss. We do not feel good about this."