Tennessee, Japan to meet for Little League championship
South Williamsport, PA (Sports Network) - Brock Myers hit the go-ahead two- run double in a nine-run seventh inning, as Goodlettsville, Tennessee, outlasted Petaluma, California, 24-16, to win the U.S. title.
Lorenzo Butler hit a trio of three-run homers and scored four times for the best in the South, who blew a 10-run lead in the sixth but recovered to become the first team from Tennessee to reach the terminal contest in the tournament.
They will square off against Japan for the Little League championship on Sunday afternoon.
Myers ended with four hits, four runs scored and four RBI. He also was in line for the victory, but ended up allowing six runs on six hits in five-plus innings.
Jayson Brown also homered, drove in three runs and scored three times, while Cole Carter added four hits and three RBI.
Bradley Smith hit the game-tying solo blast and knocked in three runs for the champions of the West, who made things very interesting with a 10-run sixth that forced extra innings.
Kempton Brandis hit a two-run homer and Cole Tomei added two RBI in defeat.
The last of Butler's trifecta put Tennessee up by a 15-5 margin, just three outs from victory.
But Petaluma rallied to tie the game thanks to a miracle run in its last at- bat, including home runs from Brandis and Smith when both were down to their last strike. Smith's blast, a solo shot, forged a 15-15 deadlock.
Earlier on Saturday, Noriatsu Osaka totaled two hits and drove in four as Japan topped Panama, 10-2, to claim the International championship.
Kotaro Kiyomiya added two RBI and two runs scored for the Japanese. Yuta Ishida tossed four innings of four-hit, two-run ball with six strikeouts for the win, sending a team from Japan into the final contest for the third straight year.
Daniel Castro and Edisson Gonzalez knocked in a run each for the Latin American champs. James Gonzalez was tagged for six runs -- four earned -- over three innings in defeat.
08/25 19:26:34 ET