Source: South Williamsport, Pa.
Date/Time: Wednesday, August 22, 8:00pm ET
In Wednesday's nightcap of the Little League World Series, Southeast champs Goodlettsville, Tenn., Little League punched their ticket to the United States championship game by beating Southwest champs San Antonio, Texas, Little League, 4-3, at Lamade Stadium.Trailing 3-2 going into the top of the sixth inning, it was now or never for the Southeast champs, and they delivered. With Jayson Brown on first and Jake Rucker on second, the catcher for the Southwest tried throwing out Brown on first, but threw it behind the first baseman, allowing Rucker to score on the play and Brown to advance to third, tying the game 3-3.
The Southwest pitcher would walk the very next batter, putting runners on first and third with only one out. Cole Carter then put the Southeast ahead for good on the very next pitch, hitting a RBI single to center field.
The entire game was a back and forth affair. The Southwest took the early lead in the bottom of the first inning, scoring one unearned run. However, in the top of the third, the Southwest retook the lead by scoring two runs in the inning off back-to-back home runs by Brown and Brock Myers, giving them a one run lead.
The Southwest wasn’t going to go down without a fight though, scoring two runs of their own in the bottom of the fifth, before they would relinquish the lead in the next inning. The Southwest had one final chance in the bottom of the sixth, but failed to get any offense going of off the Southeast’s new pitcher Luke Brown.
“I was pretty nervous,” Brown said. “It was a pretty tough position.”
Even though they lost, the Southwest’s team pursuit of a Little League World Series crown isn’t over. They will play Thursday against the West champions from Petaluma, Calif., Little League and the chance for a rematch against the Southeast in the United States Championship game on Saturday.
“It’s a new day tomorrow,” Southwest manager Jack Wideman Jr. said.