Washington keeps hopes alive

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. --- Ikaika Nahaku had an RBI single before scoring on a wild play following a throwing error, and Isaiah Hatch struck out 12 in relief to lead Washington past Pearland, Texas, 7-4 Wednesday night at the Little League World Series.


Auburn, Wash., avoided elimination for the third consecutive game and handed Texas its first loss of the tournament to set up a rematch today with a berth in the U.S. final Saturday at stake.

Chris Leger tried to make a shoestring grab of Nahaku's blooper to left in the fourth, but the ball bounced off his glove for a hit, allowing a run to score.

After the relay to third, the Texas third baseman's throw to second to try to get Nahaku sailed into the outfield, and Ryan Lacey and Nahaku raced home to give Washington a 5-4 lead.


Matthew Campos hit a three-run homer and Waipahu, Hawaii, took advantage of wildness by Hamilton, Ohio, pitchers to advance.

Hawaii faces a must-win game tonight against Georgia to stay alive for a berth in the U.S. final.

Ohio starter Brooks Robinson dominated through the first three innings, allowing just a walk, before having control problems in the fourth. Ohio led 4-0 when Robinson loaded the bases on a hit batsman and two walks before a run scored on a groundout.

Campos tied the game with a homer to right. Two runs later scored in the inning on a hit batter and wild pitch.


Shao-Fei Huang's tiebreaking bases-loaded triple helped Kaohsiung, Taiwan, beat Chitre, Panama to reach the international final.

Taiwan will face Japan on Saturday, with the winner moving on to the World Series title game.



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