The teams from Japan and California remained locked in a 1-1 tie heading into the bottom of the sixth inning of the Little League World Series Championship. The stage was set for an epic win in walk-off fashion for the Little Leaguers from Huntington Beach.
The sun emerged from behind the veil of clouds known as Irene; enthusiastic cheers echoed around the stadium from the crowd of over 9,000 supportive fans; California's best hitters were due up.
Several minutes later, the game was over, and there was a victor. However, after just a brief celebration by the winning team, congratulations were shared between teams, and they enjoyed the moment together.
Sportsmanship shone through, like the sun through the clouds, as we so often see in the Little League World Series. But along with that, there were some pretty sweet plays made by these future major leaguers. Here are the top 10 plays and moments from 2011.