Eastlake downs Tennessee, one win from US final at World Series | Little League news

Another win in Williamsport, Pa. sent Eastlake to a Thursday game for a spot in the US final.

For the Eastlake Little League All Stars, summer rolls on.

With its back against the wall in the second loser-out game in as many days at the Little League World Series, Eastlake scored all of its six runs in the third inning, and held on down the stretch to beat the Southeast representatives from Nashville, Tenn. 6-5 and become one of only three teams remaining in the United States pool.

Eastlake fell behind early, trailing 2-0 after Tennessee scored a pair of runs in the first inning. But the lead was short-lived, as the Northwest champions rallied for six runs with the first seven batters reaching base in its half of the third.

Nate Fitzgibbons got things going with a walk, before Dylan Matsuoka was hit by a pitch and Bryce Delay singled to load the bases. Jack Carper, Dalton Chandler and Will Armbruester followed with RBI base hits before Jack Matheson and Austin Oh knocked in runs of their own to provide all the offense Eastlake would need on the night.

Tennessee added two more runs in the fourth and brought the score within one on a solo home run in the fifth, but was not able to move the tying run into scoring position against Matheson, who worked the final three innings and one-third on the mound.

Starter Jacob Dahlstrom struck out four and allowed four runs, three earned, on five hits before giving way to Matheson with two outs in the third. Matheson struck out three and did not walk a batter, allowing only the home run as Eastlake kept its season alive and ensured it will play for a spot in the US final.

The loser of Wednesday’s game between New England and California will play Eastlake Thursday at 5 p.m. PDT in another loser-out game, with the winner earning the other spot in the pool championship game. Only six teams remain in the entire tournament, with Mexico, Latin America and Japan playing for the international bracket title.