Barrington (R.I.) Little League, from the New England Region, nabbed the lead late en route to its first victory in the 2019 Little League Baseball® World Series, a 6-1 triumph over Bowling Green East (Ky.) Little League, the Great Lakes Region Champions.
New England jumped out to an early lead in the third inning, but Great Lakes answered, scoring a run of its own in the top of the fourth inning. With the game tied at 1-1 in the bottom of the fourth, Miles Fontaine doubled on a 1-0 count, scoring one run.
New England pulled away for good with four runs that inning. An error scored one run before Lucas Tanous doubled, scoring two runs. The team had eight total hits, highlighted by three off the bat of Lucas Tanous.
Owen Pfeffer pitched a complete game for Rhode Island, striking out seven, walking one, and allowing only two hits. His defense behind him was solid, letting up only one error in the field.
William Alexander started on the mound for Kentucky, pitching two innings before Luke Idlett came in to pitch. Following Idlett was Evan Shallert, and then Jameson Napper came in to close out the game. Together, the pitchers struck out four and walked four.
New England will move on in the Little League World Series, facing the loser of Game 16 between Mid-Atlantic and West on Monday, August 19 at 3 p.m. at Lamade Stadium. Great Lakes will play in the consolation game on Monday, August 19 at 11 a.m. against Australia.
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