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Little League World Series 2012: Players Sure to Shine in Williamsport

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, PA - AUGUST 28: Members  of the Japan team from Hamamatsu City, Japan (L) and the West team from Huntington Beach, California line up before the start of the Little League World Series championship game on August 28, 2011 in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania. The West team defeated the team from Japan 2-1.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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Chris HummerAnalyst IAugust 14, 2012

The Little League World series is often full of drama and emotion, but perhaps the best part is watching the players that dominate.

You know the ones that make you go, "There's no way that guy is 12 years old."

This tournament brings together some of the best talent in the world, and there are sure to be a few players that will shine in Williamsport, Penn.

So, let's take a look at players who will become breakout stars over the next few weeks.

 

Emil Matti, New Jersey

Emil Matti earned his place on this list because he's already proven he can pitch well when the lights are the brightest.

In a nationally televised game with a Little League World Series spot on the line, Matti was at his best.

He threw six innings of shutout ball for Parsippany-Troy East against Delaware and was able to hold a 1-0 lead for virtually the entire game with all of the pressure in the world on him. 

He came up even more clutch in the final inning, when he was able to punch out the last Delaware batter with the game-tying run on second.

Matti was at his best in a pressure situation and it should be interesting to see how he performs in Williamsport.

 

Tyler Vitt, Texas

This youngster from San Antonio had quite a Southwest regional qualifying tournament.

Vitt, a member of McAllister Park National Little League team, went 3-0 with a 0.00 ERA along 12 strikeouts in 11.1 innings to boot.

The kid was the key in San Antonio's win in the regional final too. He dominated the competition pitching six innings and striking out 10.

San Antonio will square off with New Jersey in its World Series opener, and it will be fun to watch Vitt and Matti go head-to-head.

 

Thad Huber, Nebraska

Thad Huber is a dual-threat star from Kearney Little League in Nebraska, and his skills helped push Nebraska through the Midwest bracket.

This guy was a beast on the pitcher’s mound and with the stick.

On the rubber he went 1-0 in two appearances and pitched the final three innings in Nebraska's regional final win.

However, he did just as much damage, if not more, with a bat in his hand. Huber batted .588 in the regional tournament with 12 game changing RBI.

Huber is exactly the kind of flexible star that people love to see in Willamsport.

One inning he'll be making great plays in the field at third base, and then he'll be striking kids out on the mound. It should be great theater.

 

All of these kids will be fun to watch along with a whole other group of potential breakout stars. It should be exciting to see when the tourney kicks off on August 16.

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