SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — Trae McLemore hit a grand slam and drove in six runs to lead Nashville, Tenn., to a 10-2 victory over Corpus Christi, Texas, on Saturday in an elimination game at the Little League World Series.
Ben Pickman struck out 10 and allowed three hits over five innings for Nashville
(1-1), which stayed in contention in the double-elimination tournament.
McLemore had a two-run single in the fourth inning, in helping Nashville build a 3-0 lead. With two outs and the bases loaded in the sixth, the 5-foot-11, 209-pound cleanup batter hit a 1-1 pitch over the fence in center off Jared Cruz.
Cruz responded with a home run in the bottom of the sixth off McLemore, who relieved Pickman. Juan Jasso singled and scored in the fifth for the Southwest champion.
Corpus Christi (0-2) will face Perth, Australia (0-2), in a consolation game Monday.
PUERTO RICO 4,
Pitcher Tommylee Sierra shut out Australia for 5⅔ innings and San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico beat Perth, Australia in the loser’s bracket game.
Sierra fell one out short of a complete game because he reached the Little League limit of 88 pitches per game when he recorded his 10th strikeout of the game in the top of the sixth inning.
Leonardo Lizardi got the final out for Puerto Rico, which scored three times in the fourth inning to break a scoreless tie.
Australia, which was making its first Little League World Series appearance, was eliminated from title contention. Maverick Hamilton pitched a five-inning complete game for Australia and gave up seven hits.
CZECH REPUBLIC 3
Angus Adams homered to help Ottawa beat Brno, Czech Republic in an elimination game.
Adams connected in the first, and Daniel Stoudek tied it with a home run. The Czech Republic elected to walk Adams to load the bases with one out in the third, and an error gave Canada a 2-1 advantage.
David Legault was then called out trying to score on a wild pitch, but the call was overturned on replay. Adams was called out two pitches later, but that play was overturned by replay as well, giving Canada a 4-1 lead.
Legault earned the save by getting a groundout to end the game.