Wednesday is a big day for the 2017 Little League World Series because it marks the first day featuring championship games in the regionals.
The Southeast and Southwest champions will be crowned, earning a spot in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, when the Little World Series begins Aug. 17. The remaining six regionals across the country still have three days left to go before determining a champion, but the double-elimination format will send teams home Wednesday.
Here are the results from each of Wednesday's regional games and a recap of how things played out.
Midwest: North/South Dakota (Sioux Falls) def. Missouri (Webb City), 6-5
Mid-Atlantic: New Jersey (Holbrook) def. Pennsylvania (Upper Providence), 10-6
Great Lakes: Illinois (Hinsdale) def. Ohio (West Side), 5-4
Southeast: North Carolina (North State) def. Georgia (Peachtree City), 8-6
New England: Connecticut (Fairfield American) vs. New Hampshire (Goffstown), 9-4
Northwest: Montana def. Idaho, 16-1
Southwest: Texas (East) def. Texas (West), 2-1
West: Northern California vs. Utah, 10 p.m.
Texas (East) def. Texas (West), 2-1
A tight pitching duel wound up going in favor of Texas (East), as it held off Texas (West)by a final score of 2-1 to win the Southwest Regional championship and advance to the 2017 Little League World Series.
With the score tied at one after five innings, Lufkin Little League went ahead in the top of the sixth thanks to Clayton Wigley's two-out solo home run against McAllister Park National reliever Brennan Greer.
Wigley's blast helped Lufkin starter Hunter Ditsworth earn the win. He tossed five innings of four-hit baseball, allowing no earned runs and striking out eight with just one walk. Chip Buchanan finished things off in the sixth inning, working around a leadoff walk by getting Levi Castilleja to ground into a double play.
Ditsworth opened the scoring with a solo homer of his own in the top of the first inning. That run held until McAllister Park National finally got on the board in the fifth inning when Lucas Gary scored on an error by Ditsworth.
With the win, the team from East Texas will be in the Little League World Series for the third time in the past four years. Pearland East made it to Williamsport in 2014 and 2015, finishing in third place two years ago.
Montana def. Idaho, 16-1
For the second straight game, Montana avoided elimination with an impressive all-around showing in a 16-1 in over Idaho that was called after four innings.
Idaho actually jumped out to the early lead, scoring its lone run in the bottom of the first inning thanks to Wyett Lopez's solo homer.
That would be as good as things got for Idaho, as Montana responded with 10 runs in the top of the second. The first seven hitters reached base in the inning, yet Montana never recorded an extra-base hit in the frame.
After a scoreless third inning, Montana would for the mercy rule to be enacted thanks to a six-run fourth inning. The first six hitters reached base in the inning thanks to five walks, one hit by pitch and a single.
Montana starting pitcher Adam Jones pitched a complete game, striking out eight and allowing one run on four hits with 65 pitches over four innings.
Following a loss against Oregon on Monday, Montana has outscored Wyoming and Idaho by a combined score of 22-2. It will await the loser of Thursday's Washington-Oregon game to determine the second team in the Northwest Regional championship game.
Connecticut def. New Hampshire, 9-4
Connecticut used two big innings to knock off New Hampshire, 9-4, and earn a spot in Saturday's New England Regional championship game.
New Hampshire held a 3-0 advantage after three innings. Two runs scored on Tyler Mackey's fielder's choice in the bottom of the third. It looked like it might be good enough to hold because Michael Iannazzo was cruising through three innings before six straight Connecticut hitters reached base in the fourth.
Ethan Righter tied the score at three with an RBI single and Iannazzo drove in two with a single to right field to give Connecticut a 5-3 lead.
Clinging to a 6-4 lead in the top of the sixth, Anthony Pollack broke the game open with a bases loaded double that drove in three runs.
Connecticut relievers Matthew Vivona and Tyler Bauer combined to allow four hits and one run over the last 2.1 innings.
This has been an impressive run so far for the Connecticut squad with two wins by a combined score of 17-4. One more win on Saturday will give the state of Connecticut its first Little League World Series representative since 2013.
North Carolina def. Georgia, 8-6
North Carolina became the first United States team to punch a ticket to the 2017 Little League World Series with an 8-6 victory over Georgia.
Georgia immediately put the heat on North Carolina with a three-run outburst in the top of the first. Kaleb Cost had the big blast with a two-run homer off North Carolina starter Chase Anderson, who was taken out after that pitch.
North Carolina reliever Matthew Matthijs settled things down, allowing three runs on six hits with 10 strikeouts over the final 5.2 innings.
Facing an early 3-0 deficit, North Carolina hitters stormed back with five runs in the second inning. Bryce Jackson's three-run home run off Georgia starter Trey King tied things up. Carson Hardee's two-run double broke the tie.
Georgia was able to tie the score at five by pushing single runs across in the third and fourth innings. North Carolina responded in the bottom of the fourth inning on Thomas Barrett's two-run double and Hardee scored on an error to make it an 8-5 game.
Trey King led off the fifth inning with a solo homer for Georgia, but that would be the end of the scoring for both teams. Matthijs got Simon Lewis to groundout to first base for the final out.
This will be the first time North Carolina has been represented in the Little League World Series since Morganton played in the United States semifinal in 2004.
Illinois def. Ohio, 5-4
After being stymied by Ohio pitching for five innings, Illinois' offense exploded for four runs in the bottom of the sixth to earn a walk-off 5-4 victory to earn a spot in Saturday's Great Lakes championship game.
Ohio starting pitcher Lake Cundiff had Illinois off balance for most of the game. He gave up just one run on six hits in the first five innings.
Meanwhile, Ohio's offense pushed across four runs in the first four innings. Blake Detherage and Jaycee Taylor each drove in two runs and had two of the team's three extra-base hits.
Things changed on both sides in that decisive sixth inning. Cundiff was charged with all five Illinois runs, though he left the game with one out and a 4-3 lead.
Ethan Mueller took over for Cundiff and gave up a game-tying sacrifice fly to Jakobi Lange. After Evan Phillips walked, Emerson Eck scored from third base on a wild pitch to give Illinois the win.
New Jersey def. Pennsylvania, 10-6
A wild back-and-forth battle went New Jersey's way, as the offense carried it to a 10-6 victory over Pennsylvania.
New Jersey scored at least one run in each of its five innings at bat. The big crooked number came in the bottom of the fifth when Chris Cartnick hit a go-ahead grand slam to break a 6-6 tie.
Cartnick did most of the damage for New Jersey's offense, going 3-for-3 with two home runs and six RBI. J.R. Osmond also chipped in by going 2-for-2 with a two-run home run in the bottom of the third.
Pennsylvania showed tremendous fight, taking a 6-5 lead in the top of the fourth inning thanks to Jake Voynar's grand slam off New Jersey pitcher Garrett Drew.
New Jersey's offense has been on fire throughout the Mid-Atlantic Regional. It has gone a perfect 3-0 in the tournament thus far, outscoring its opponents 35-12 in the process. The offense hasn't scored fewer than nine runs in any of the three games.
North/South Dakota def. Missouri, 6-5
After being held in check for five innings, Sioux Falls' bats broke out with five runs in the bottom of the sixth to earn a 6-5 walk-off win over Missouri.
Missouri was in control right out of the gate. It put up four runs in the top of the first inning on two RBI singles and a passed ball. Max Stovern's RBI groundout in the second inning made the score 5-0.
Sioux Falls would get one back in the bottom of the third on Jack Radel's RBI single. The score remained that way until the sixth. The first six hitters reached base for Sioux Falls in the decisive final inning, with Marcus Phillips tying it with a two-run single.
Missouri pitcher Tyler Marbut walked two of his first three hitters, with a walk sandwiched in between. It looked for a moment like he would get out of trouble to give Missouri's bats a chance in extra innings.
Marbut got a fielder's choice at home with the bases loaded for the second out, but a misplay in the field to the next hitter led to the winning run scoring for Sioux Falls.
The upside for Missouri is this was just its first loss in regional play, and it will get a shot at redemption Friday against the winner of Thursday's Iowa-Nebraska game.
Sioux Falls has secured a spot in Saturday's championship game with its victory. It's gone 3-0 in regional play with wins over Kansas, Minnesota and Missouri.