Written by Caitlin Mazzola
Westport's run in the Little League World Series took a dramatic turn Sunday in the game against the Eastlake Little League team from Sammamish, Wash. -- but the boys from Connecticut still came out on top.
Westport entered the third inning up 7-0 after an explosive second inning, during which Washington's starting pitcher Jacob Dahlstrom was drilled in the leg on a line drive by Tatin Llamas and had to leave the game.Popular Stories
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They tacked on two more runs in the fourth inning. Thanks to a strong outing from starting pitcher Harry Azadian, the score was 9-1 at the halfway point of the game.
But then Washington threatened — big time.
Eastlake scored two runs in the fourth, and then another four runs in the bottom of the fifth, shrinking Westport's lead to 9-7. Alex Reiner, pitching in relief following a two-thirds inning effort from Charlie Roof, held Washington at bay with a one-two-three final inning that ended with a strikeout.
Westport will play again Wednesday at 8 p.m. at Lamade Stadium in Williamsport, Pa., for the U.S. semifinals.