It was elimination day at the Little League World Series on Saturday, with eight teams vying to keep themselves afloat.
Australia and Latin America and Canada and Europe-Africa were on the slate for the international half of the bracket, while Great Lakes, New England, Southwest and Northwest were all looking to stay alive on the American side.
Here is a look at how things played out in Day 3 from Williamsport, Pennsylvania.
Little League World Series Schedule/Results: Aug. 17
Game 9: Latin America def. Australia, 2-0
Game 10: New England def. Great Lakes, 6-1
Game 11: Canada def. Europe-Africa, 10-0 (4 innings)
Game 12: Southwest def. Northwest, 3-2
Full bracket available at the tournament's official website.
Latin America 2, Australia 0
The pitchers' duel saw just eight total hits, with Latin America needing to take advantage of well-timed hits to get the job done. Maestre drove Ibrahim Ruiz in during the second inning after they went back-to-back with doubles, while Concho drove in Deivis Ordonez with a single after Ordonez made it to third base on a dropped third strike.
Australia's Little League World Series title changes without the team scoring a run in either game. Soto struck out four batters but largely played to contact, with his fielders coming through—with the exception of a pair of errors that did no harm.
Latin America was blown out 10-3 against Asia-Pacific in its opener and will need the bats to come alive to make a deep run in the loser's bracket. But if their staff keeps coming through the way Soto did Saturday, they could go on a run.
New England 6, Great Lakes 1
Lucas Tanous drove in three runs and Owen Pfeffer threw a complete game, as New England earned a 6-1 win over Great Lakes to advance Saturday.
New England scored four of its six runs in the fourth inning. Tanous doubled in two runs after two more runs scored on an error on the previous at-bat. The error was Great Lakes' only mistake of the game, and it proved costly enough to break a game that was, to that point, a 1-1 tie.
Tanous was responsible for three of New England's eight hits.
Luke Idlett drove in the lone run for Great Lakes on a single in the fourth. Jameson Napper scored after reaching base on an error.
Canada 10, Europe-Africa 0 (4 Innings)
Canada scored five runs in the second and fourth innings en route to a 10-0 mercy-rule win.
Matt Shanley led Canada with two doubles and three RBI. Nolan Loverin added a two-RBI single, and Brady Dorwart reached base four times with a single and three walks.
Canada engineered a two-out, five-run rally in the second inning after seven consecutive runners reached base, including four via walks. Shanley's bases-loaded double, which cleared the bases, proved to be the big hit.
Loverin's two-RBI single occurred in the fourth, giving Canada a 9-0 edge.
Canada will play the loser of Caribbean and Asia-Pacific in an elimination game on Monday. Europe-Africa has been eliminated but will close its World Series with a consolation game against the loser of Northwest vs. Southwest on Tuesday.
Southwest 3, Northwest 2
A double steal and a timely two-run double proved to be all Southwest needed in a 3-2 win over Northwest.
Egan Prather swiped home and Stan Wiltz took second in the top of the third, giving Southwest a 1-0 edge. After Ryan Darrah was hit by a pitch, Reece Roussel delivered a double to score his teammates for the 3-0 lead.
Northwest didn't back down, though, plating two in the bottom of the frame when an Andrew Mhoon double to the left-center field gap scored his brother Henry.
Mhoon then stole third and scored on a Brady Strenke groundout.
Neither team scored outside the third inning, and both defenses shined down the stretch.
Northwest turned a 5-4-3 double play to end a potential fourth-inning rally.
In the top of the sixth, Andrew Mhoon executed two putouts from shortstop to quell a Southwest scoring threat.
A Sullivan Puckett one-out single put the winning run at the plate for Northwest in the bottom of the sixth, but a 1-6-3 double play ended the game.
Southwest will play the loser of Southeast and Midwest on Monday in an elimination game. Northwest has been eliminated and will play Europe-Africa in a consolation matchup.