Source: South Williamsport, Pa.
Date/Time: Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012, 4:00pm ET
Hunter Hemenway paved the way to the 2012 Little League World Series for Gresham, Ore., Little League with an outstanding pitching performance, beating Post Falls, Idaho Little League, 8-4, at the Northwest Regional championship on Saturday.
This is only the fourth time a team from Oregon has made it to the Little League World Series. Oregon went up early and didn't allow Idaho to keep close for long.
Hemenway walked his first batter, but had no trouble getting in the groove after that. He stayed rock solid until he hit the 85 pitch count limit in the fifth inning where Brett Falkner took over.
Quin Bennett struggled on the mound as he walked three in the bottom of the first and allowed three runs to score, giving Oregon a 3-0 lead after the first inning.
Sam Schulze hit a home run into left center field, putting Idaho on the board.
Oregon scored three more runs in the bottom of the second inning, adding to the lead and putting Idaho in a hole it didn't climb out of.
It was then Falkner who had a two RBI shot into center field in the third inning, putting Oregon ahead, 8-1.
Idaho's Tanner McCliment-Call scored thanks to an error at first base and a late throw to the plate in the fifth inning. Idaho picked up speed after two more runs we're driven in, cutting down the deficit to four runs, 8-4.
That potential Idaho comeback was stopped when Falkner threw two strikeouts and got the last out in the sixth inning at first base to end the game.
Oregon will be joined by Connecticut, Indiana, Nebraska, California, Tennessee, and Texas in South Williamsport on Thursday, Aug. 16 as the United States' representatives.