Danny Almonte delivered his team a title that nobody will question.
Almonte, whose perfect game in the 2001 Little League World Series was erased when he was found to be too old, threw a one-hitter to give James Monroe Campus High School a 4-0 win over George Washington in the New York City championship game last night at Shea Stadium.
"The past was the past," Almonte said. "I felt great today. Winning a championship is a dream come true."
The 17-year-old pitcher from the Dominican Republic struck out 11 and walked two. Almonte retired the first seven batters, striking out six, before giving up a line-drive single up the middle to Gustavo Duran.
Almonte was a member of the 2001 Rolando Paulino All-Stars, who were forced to forfeit their Little League World Series victories because the star pitcher was found to be too old.
"The pressure on him was making his first start in a big-league stadium," said Rolando Paulino, Almonte's legal guardian. "It's something that he'll never forget."
Almonte, whose parents live in the Dominican Republic, enrolled at the Bronx high school in 2002. In the city title game against Tottenville last season, he blew a four-run lead in relief during an 8-7 loss.
* GOLF: James Farrah of Bethesda Country Club and Andy Williams of Congressional will meet in the first quarterfinal match of the Maryland State Golf Association men's amateur today. Farrah defeated Michael Duffy of Rolling Road, 7 and 6, in the first round and David Arabe of Falls Road, 5 and 4, in the second round to advance. Arabe upset top-seeded Mike Costigan of Hobbit's Glen, 8 and 7, in the first round.
Williams defeated Bob Kaestner of Baltimore CC, 3 and 2, in the second round to advance.
In the three other quarterfinal matches, Jarrod Page of Greystone will play Tom Winegardner of Old South; Chris Connolly of Chevy Chase will play Phil Fairbanks of Hobbit's Glen; and Greg Rodgers of Hunt Valley will play Billy Wingerd of Mount Pleasant. The semifinal matches are this afternoon with the 36-hole final on Sunday.
-- From News Services and Staff Reports