SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — Justin Lee is turning into a known quantity for baseball fans of all ages.
The 12-year-old from South Riding threw the second no-hitter for Loudoun South American Little League on Sunday here at the Little League World Series.
The boys from Virginia, the southeast region champion and one of 16 teams to play for a world championship, are the dominant team in the early going in the tournament.
And they’ve yet to allow a hit.
Lee, middle reliever Liam Thyen and closer Chase Obstgarten combined to shut down New England champion Rhode Island, 3-0, on Friday. Lee returned to the mound Sunday and went the distance against Midwest champion Minnesota in a 11-0 win before a crowd of 15,447 at historic Howard J. Lamade Stadium.
In 54 pitches, 32 of them strikes, Lee struck out six batters and walked only two. The game ended after four innings because of Little League margin-of-victory rules.
Virginia is the sixth team in Little League World Series history to throw multiple no-hitters in the same tournament. Pitchers have already thrown three no-hitters this year, including the two from Virginia and one from Caribbean champion Curaçao.
Virginia will face the winner of West regional champion Hawaii and Mid-Atlantic champion New Jersey on Wednesday in the United States semifinal.