Little League World Series 2010: Hawaii, Georgia, Texas for U.S. Title
Both Texas and Hawaii won yesterday, but in dramatically different fashion as the 2010 Little League World Series continued on.
It took a heart-racing comeback for one team, while the other raced off to a big lead and held on for dear life.
Now the team from Pearland, Texas will await the winner of today's Hawaii vs Georgia game to see who they will face in the U.S. Final of the 2010 World Series.
Here's a breakdown of both amazing games.
The Little Guys From Washington Almost Pulled It Off
The team from Washington were like the train that could. After losing their first game of the tournament, they had rallied to win three games in a row before Thursday's final setback.
And in the first inning, they started the scoring quickly with infield singles and aggressive base running.
In fact, before Texas could even catch its breath, Washington was up 4-0.
Texas's Mason Van Noort to the Rescue
But Texas earned their way into the final in heart-pounding fashion.
It wasn't until the sixth inning that they got their first lead and it was their pitcher, Van Noort, who supplied the fireworks.
Trailing by two, the team from Pearland had runners on second and third thanks to two wild pitches from the little guys from Auburn, Washington.
Texas tied the game off a single and RBI ground out.
And then Van Noort stepped to the plate. His count went full before he cranked a home run over the left-field hedges for a 6-5 lead that Texas never gave back.
In the End, Texas Would Hold on
The team from Pearland would go on to add one more run while staving off yet another comeback from Auburn with great defensive plays.
They’ll play for the U.S. title Saturday against either Waipahu, Hawaii or Columbus, Ga..
Rematch Between Hawaii and Georgia to Decide Second Finalist
Meanwhile in the other semi-final, Hawaii knew that if they were to lose to Georgia they would be going home early.
The night before, it was Matthew Campos who helped them continue their run with a three-run home run.
A Taste of Hawaii Justice
This time it was pinch hitter Justice Nakagawa’s three-run homer to right-center in the third that gave Hawaii a 5-0 lead.
After that, all Hawaii would have to do is hold on to secure a rematch between the two teams for a chance at the final.
But it wouldn't be easy.
One More Game to Set the Final
The team from Columbus, Georgia would make it interesting by scoring three late, but Hawaii reliever Keolu Ramos came in and slammed the door shut by inducing a game-ending ground out.
In the end, Texas was celebrating, but Hawaii and Georgia have unfinished business to take care of today to see who will play the team from Pearland in the U.S. Final.
Clash of the Titans
Meanwhile, the international final is on Saturday, and the game is already set.
Unbeaten teams from Japan and Taiwan will play for the right to move on to the World Series championship game Sunday.