Endwell wins wild game to advance to United States championship
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) – Jude Abbadessa was 5-for-5 with six RBIs to lead Endwell, New York past Bowling Green, Kentucky 13-10 on Wednesday night for a place in the U.S. championship game of the Little League World Series.
Abbadessa hit a two-run homer to center field to give New York a 4-3 lead in the second inning. Conner Rush walked with two outs, got to second and third on wild pitches, and scored on Jack Hopko’s single for a 5-3 lead.
New York put runners on first and third with two outs in the third to chase Kentucky starter Devin Obee. On the second pitch from the reliever, Abbadessa had a RBI double to left field for a 6-4 lead and scored on Rush’s bases-loaded, two-run single.
Abbadessa sent a two-out, two-run double down the left-field line in the fourth to give New York a 10-8 lead.
New York had runners on the corners with two outs in the fifth when Jordan Owens hit it off the glove of the pitcher to score Hopko. Michael Mancini sent the next pitch to center, driving in Jayden Fanara from second for a 12-10 lead. Two pitches later, Abbadessa had an infield single to score Owens.
Kentucky faces Tennessee in an elimination game on Thursday.
Tennessee 14, Iowa 3, 5 innings
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) – RJ Moore hit a go-ahead three-run homer in a six-run fourth inning and Goodlettsville, Tennessee beat Johnston, Iowa 14-3 in five innings on Wednesday in an elimination game of the Little League World Series.
After Moore’s shot over the center-field wall, Tennessee loaded the bases and Zach McWilliams hit a bloop double to score two and Tyler Jones scored from first after an error for a 7-3 lead.
The bases were full again in the fifth for Tennessee. With no outs and the infield in, Brock Duffer rolled it through the hole on the left side to score two and Ryan Oden crossed home on an error to make it 10-3. Duffer scored on a fielder’s choice.
Tyler Jones drove in Tanner Jones from second for a 12-3 lead and Robert Carroll sent it up the middle to score two more.
Kaiden Dinh put Iowa in front 3-1 with a three-run homer in the third.
Mexico 10, Australia 0, 4 innings
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) – Jose Angel Leal struck out 10 of 11 batters in 3 2/3 innings and Mexico eased past Australia 10-0 in four innings on Wednesday in an elimination game of the Little League World Series.
Angel Leal threw 51 pitches and only allowed one hit on Clayton Campbell’s single in the first inning.
The first three Mexico batters reached base in the first and the club from San Nicolas took a 2-0 lead when Patricio Juarez and Gael Isaac Cortez scored on wild pitches.
Mexico scored six runs in the third inning. Angel Leal hit a solo home run on the second pitch of the inning for a 3-0 lead. Mexico loaded the bases with no outs and pinch-hitter Diego Cantu lifted a shot over the center fielder to score two. Fabian Alejandro Mar also had a two-run double to make it 7-0 and he scored on a passed ball.
Victor Juarez hit a two-run home run deep over the left-center wall in the fourth for Mexico’s fifth homer of the LLWS.