Junior League World Series standout is drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies

Chace Numata, who led Pearl City, Hawaii, to the Junior League World Series championship in 2007 in Taylor, Michigan, has been drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the Major League Baseball Draft.

Numata played in Taylor two straight years: in 2006, when Pearl City was runner-up for the USA title, and in 2007, when Pearl City defeated Manila, Philippines, to win the world championship. In 2007, Numata went 2-0 as a pitcher, had an earned run average of 0.58 and batted .400. After the '07 series, Numata was quoted as saying, "Baseball is my favorite sport. I can't live without it."

Numata's brother, Chevis, also played on that 2007 team. The Numata boys are the sons of Nathan "Homey" and Cher Numata. Their grandmother, Betty Nago, has been a frequent visitor to Taylor. Until her retirement in 2009, she served as a Little League district manager in her native Hawaii

The 2010 Junior League World Series is scheduled for August 15-21 at World Series Field in Heritage Park. Opening ceremonies, including fireworks, are scheduled for 8 p.m. August 14.

For more on Chase Numata, visit http://www.mypearlcity.com/story/sports/numata-picked-phillies-14th-round-mlb-draft.

Chace Humata plays second base in Pearl City, Hawaii's 6-2 victory
over the Philippines in the championship game of the 2007 Junior
League World Series at Heritage Park in Taylor.

A leader on the Pearl City team, Humata was the first in line to shake hands with the runners-up from
Manila.