Eastlake survived a three-run rally from Urbandale, Iowa in the bottom half of the sixth inning to win 6-5 and stay alive at the Little League World Series on Monday.
The Midwest representatives scored three times and brought the tying run to the plate before Will Armbruester struck out the final batter of the game to send his team to a Tuesday date with South Nashville, Tenn. at 5 p.m. in another loser-out game.
Eastlake led throughout and scored twice in its half of the sixth before holding off Iowa in the final frame. Jacob Dahlstrom and Dylan Matsuoka each knocked in a pair of runs and Jacob finished 4-4 a day after leaving the loss to New England due to injury.
The game winner Tuesday will survive to face the loser of another game between California and New England on Thursday for a spot in the United States final on Saturday.
After a late-game comeback fell just short against New England champion Westport, Conn. in a 9-7 loss on Sunday at the Little League World Series, Eastlake will play with its tournament life on the line against Midwest representative Urbandale, Iowa at 5 p.m. local time on Monday.
Eastlake fell behind 7-0 in the second inning and eventually trailed 9-1 before scoring six straight runs over the next two innings to get back within shouting distance.
The Northwest champions from Sammamish mounted a final threat in the bottom half of the sixth, but were unable to push a run across.
Jack Matheson and Jack Rud each finished with a pair of base hits and Rud also scored two runs. Six pitchers took the mound for Sammamish, combining for seven strikeouts and five walks while allowing 13 Connecticut base hits.
Iowa, which lost its first game 6-3 to the Mid-Atlantic squad before surviving a 6-5 game with Great Lakes, will be waiting Monday in a loser-out game on ESPN2.