Source: South Williamsport, Pa.
Date/Time: Day, August 19, 2:00pm ET
Though the West champions from Petaluma, Calif., had four home runs in Sunday’s game at Lamade Stadium, it was not enough to get by the Southeast representatives from Goodlettsville, Tenn., as clutch hitting in the top of the sixth allowed them to break the tie and defeat the West, 9-6, at the Little League World Series.
The game remained knotted at 5-5 going into the top of the sixth inning until the Southeast’s Jayson Brown ripped a 2-out, 2-strike, 2-RBI triple that allowed the Southeast to pull ahead, 7-5.
“It felt awesome when I was standing on third base,” said Brown. “He was throwing a lot of fast balls so I just took it to right field.”
Brock Myers immediately followed Brown’s triple with a 2-run home run to left field, adding two more insurance runs to increase the score to 9-5.
The West responded with a solo home run from Porter Slate in the bottom of the sixth, but that would be the end of the scoring and resulted in them dropping to the losers’ bracket. The West plays the Mid-Atlantic champions from Parsippany, N.J., on Monday at Lamade Stadium for an elimination game at 4 p.m.
“The walks and passed balls hurt us today,” said West manager Eric Smith. “We’re alright though. We haven’t lost back to back games yet this season. We just have to put this game behind us and come out and play tomorrow.”
Southeast manager Jerry Hale had nothing but positive things to say about the West team.
“California was the toughest team we’ve played yet. No one has ever had four home runs against us. I have to give major credit to their coaching staff for preparing their kids so well to hit.”
Though the Southeast won a key game today, Hale said he and his team aren’t looking too far ahead.
“Nothing is guaranteed tomorrow. We will worry about the next game when it gets here,” Hale said.
Slate, Bradley Smith, Kempton Brandis and Cole Tomei each had a home run for the West, while Myers had one for the Southeast.
The Southeast advances in the winners’ bracket and will play on Wednesday at 8 p.m. against the winner of Saturday's Southwest/Great Lakes game