SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (CBS/AP) — Joshua Houston struck out five in five innings, and Chicago’s Jackie Robinson West beat Pearland, Texas, 6-1, in an elimination game in the Little League World Series on Tuesday night.
Chicago will face the loser of Wednesday’s game between Las Vegas and Philadelphia on Thursday night. Pearland has been eliminated.
Houston threw 67 pitches and gave up just four hits before Marquis Jackson relieved him in the sixth.
Chicago backed its starter with two three-run innings.
Jackson singled to open the scoring in the first inning, driving in tournament star Pierce Jones, who went 0-for-2 with a walk. A Pearland error and fielder’s choice allowed Chicago to score two more runs in the inning
Jackie Robinson West’s three-run fourth inning was highlighted by Houston, who drove in two runs with a double to the warning track.
Pearland’s lone run was scored on Joshua Gabino’s double in the third inning.
The boys’ parents told CBS 2’s Jim Williams this one was easier on the heart than Monday night’s tense game.
“They played their game, they stayed on course,” parent Shameka Bolton.
“We left about nine men on-base…it was hard,” parent Alvin Jones said.
Head coach Darold Butler said he was excited for the team, the city of Chicago.
Jackie Robinson West is one of three American teams still alive in the Little League World Series. They play again on Thursday against the loser of Wednesday’s Nevada-Pennsylvania game. They get a much needed day off Wednesday after three straight games.
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