Washington, Panama win LLWS elimination games

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — Sammamish, Wash., scored six runs during a third-inning rally that proved to be just enough to pull out a 6-5 win over Nashville, Tenn., in a Little League World Series elimination game Tuesday night.

Austin Oh drove in the final two runs to put the Northwest champions ahead 6-2.

Aguadulce, Panama, avoided elimination with far more flair, scoring four times with two outs in the bottom of the sixth to pull out an 8-7 win over Taoyuan, Taiwan. Panama's winning run came home when Jose Gonzalez was struck by a pitch with the bases loaded.

In knocking off Taiwan, Panama (3-1) advances to face one of the two other remaining International Division teams — Tijuana, Mexico, or Tokyo — on Thursday.

Sammamish (3-1) moves on to a matchup Thursday against either Chula Vista, Calif., or Westport, Conn., in the U.S. bracket.

Oh's single to center drove in Will Armbruester and then Jack Matheson, who scored on an errant throw by center fielder Robert Hassell.

Armbruester, Jack Carper and Dalton Chandler each had RBI singles during the rally. The Washington team had six of its eight hits in the third inning, and after Nashville pitcher Trae McLemore had struck out the side in each of the first two frames.

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