Little League World Series 2021: Monday Scores, Bracket Results and Highlights

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured Columnist IVAugust 23, 2021

Taylor, Mich.'s Jakob Furkas (18) celebrates with Max LaForest (17) and teammates after scoring against Abilene, Texas, during the sixth inning of a baseball game at the Little League World Series tournament in South Williamsport, Pa., Monday, Aug. 23, 2021. (AP Photo/Tom E. Puskar)
AP Photo/Tom E. Puskar

It was a little later than expected, but action resumed at the Little League World Series after rain interrupted Sunday's slate of games in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

Mother Nature still didn't fully cooperate, with steady rainfall halting Monday's start for a few hours. But the skies eventually cleared to set the stage for a packed evening of baseball.

Here's how things unfolded.

Monday Scores

Michigan (Taylor North LL) def. Texas (Wylie LL), 6-5

South Dakota (Sioux Falls LL) def. Oregon (Lake Oswego LL), 3-0 

Ohio (West Side LL) def. Louisiana (Lafayette LL), 8-2

Nebraska (Hastings Baseball LL) def. Washington (Eastlake LL), 3-2

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Michigan overcame an early five-run deficit to remain in the winner's bracket.

Texas got two runs on the board in the first inning and then three more in the second to put itself in the driver's seat. 

With one swing of the bat, Cameron Thorning turned the game on its head. He took Texas starter Cason Parrish deep for a grand slam to right field in the bottom of the second.

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Wylie Little League's slim advantage held until the bottom of the fifth.

A single by Jackson Surma and a double by Jakob Furkas put runners on second and third with nobody out. Surma scored on a fielder's choice by Jaxon Shufeldt and Furkas came home thanks to Brody Martin's error, giving Michigan its first lead.

As Texas looked to at least force extra innings in the sixth, Myles McCarty led off with a single. Back-to-back strikeouts put a dent in the comeback attempt. Thorning took over on the mound and hit Cason Parrish but then set Dylan Regala down on strikes to seal the victory.

In Monday's second game, three runs were enough for South Dakota on the strength of a gem by the appropriately named Maddux Munson. Munson went the distance on 77 pitches, allowing one hit and three walks while striking out four.

For four innings, Chase Kelly was just as good for Oregon.

The trouble began in the fifth as Kelly allowed a walk to begin the inning. Ben Robertson took over and immediately walked Brekken Biteler. After Boston Bryant grounded into a fielder's choice, the stage once again belonged to Gavin Weir.

Weir has been nearly untouchable both in the run-up to and during the Little League World Series. On Monday, he showcased his offense as he hit a three-run homer to right.

Munson shut the door on Oregon in the sixth to set up a pivotal game with California on Wednesday, with a place in the Tom Seaver championship on the line.

A three-run third inning turned out to be enough offense for Nebraska in its 3-2 win over Washington. 

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Hunter Nepple was involved in all three runs for Nebraska. He drove in the first two with an RBI single, then came around to score on Benjamin Wibbels' single later in the third inning. 

After providing the offensive support for himself, Nepple did a fantastic job of shutting down Washington's lineup. He did allow two runs in the top of the fourth to cut the lead to one, but that would be the only real trouble for him all game. 

Nepple threw a complete game, allowing two runs on two hits with seven strikeouts. 

Nebraska will take on the winner of Tuesday's Texas-New Jersey game.  

Ohio bounced back from a shutout loss to California on Sunday with an impressive 8-2 victory over Louisiana on Monday. 

Both teams came out of the gate swinging, with Ohio holding a 3-2 advantage after the second inning. 

After a scoreless third inning, Ohio broke things wide open in the fourth. JJ Vogel's three-run homer was the big blast in a five-run frame. Chase Moak also drove in a run with a one-out double. 

Noah Davidson and Caleb Harden did an outstanding job on the mound for Ohio. They each pitched three innings, combining to allow just three hits and two runs with nine strikeouts. 

Ohio advances to the next round of the Tom Seaver bracket. It will play the winner of New Hampshire-Oregon on Wednesday.