Philly Messes Texans
South Williamsport, Pa. — Zion Spearman scored on shortstop Matt Adams’ two-out throwing error to first base in the sixth inning to give Philadelphia a 7-6 victory over Pearland, Texas, on Sunday night in the Little League World Series.
Scott Bandura reached on a bunt leading off the sixth. Two outs later, Spearman tied it with a line-drive triple into the left-center gap.
Mo’ne Davis had a bloop RBI single in the first inning for Philadelphia (2-0) to became the sixth girl to get a hit in LLWS history. On Friday in the team’s opener, she threw a two-hitter and struck out eight in a 4-0 victory over Nashville, Tenn.
Pearland (1-1) had a four-run fifth to take a 6-3 lead. Cole Smajstrla hit a three-run home run and Layne Roblyer, who homered earlier, had an RBI single. Philadelphia cut it to 6-5 in the bottom of the inning on RBI base hits by Spearman and Kai Cummings.
Philadelphia will play Las Vegas, also 2-0, on Wednesday night.
Pearland will play Lynnwood, Wash., today.
Tokyo 9 Guadalupe 5
South Williamsport, Pa. — Shozo Kamata had a pinch-hit, go-ahead two-run single in the fifth inning to help Tokyo, Japan, beat Guadalupe, Mexico.
With the game tied at 5, Kamata hit a slow ground ball up the middle that escaped the reach of Mexico’s shortstop and second baseman and made the score 7-5.
Japan added two more in the inning and Mexico could not respond, going down in order in the top of the sixth.
Japan advances to play Seoul, South Korea, on Wednesday.
Las Vegas 13 Chicago 2
South Williamsport, Pa. — Brad Stone hit a grand slam in the first inning and Las Vegas hit five home runs in a 13-2 win over Chicago’s Jackie Robinson West.
First baseman Austin Kryszczuk homered twice, in the second and fourth innings.
South Korea 8 Puerto Rico 5
South Williamsport, Pa. — Jun Hyeok Yun stole home to score the go-ahead run and South Korea beat Puerto Rico.
Entering as pinch runner, Yun raced home after teammate Hae Chan Choi drew a throw to second base from catcher Jeremy Colón in the top of the sixth. South Korea added two runs later in the inning and Jae Yeong Kim pitched a perfect bottom half of the inning.
Awaiting South Korea on Wednesday is the winner of Mexico vs. Japan.