SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) -- Win or lose, the Little League World Series team from Uganda has become a hometown favorite.
The first team from Africa to advance to South Williamsport in the 66-year history of the tourney did fall in its debut Friday. Panama defeated the boys from Lugazi 9-3.
Uganda's coaches said they didn't expect any parents of the players to make the expensive transatlantic trip to Pennsylvania.
But Uganda has still drawn vocal fans who cheered wildly, especially after Daniel Alio's towering home run to center in the sixth. He showed off a homer trot that would have made David Ortiz proud.
It's been a special month already for Uganda sports after Stephen Kiprotich won gold in the men's marathon race at the London Olympics.
Canada and Texas won the early games Friday.