Chicago beats Texas, stays alive at LLWS
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — Their gold-and-white sunglasses flipped upside down on the brims of their caps, Joshua Houston, Marquis Jackson and Darion Radcliff filed into the interview room at the Little League World Series brimming with confidence.
Houston pitched five-hit ball over five innings and drove in three runs, his defense rescued him with two double plays, and the Great Lakes champions beat Pearland, Texas, 6-1 on Tuesday night in an elimination game.
Another victory for the Chicago squad from Jackie Robinson West Little League means they’ll play again.
“I’m confident,” Houston said.
Chicago jumped to a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first on a run-scoring single to right field by Jackson, a throwing error, and Houston’s RBI groundout.
“That was huge,” Chicago manager Darold Butler said. “I think it relaxes the team. It just makes things a lot easier when teams have to chase us.”
Houston doubled home two more runs in the fourth and held Texas at bay until the sixth, when Jackson came on in relief and struck out the side.
Chicago will play the loser of tonight’s game between hard-hitting Las Vegas and hard-throwing Mo’ne Davis and her Philadelphia teammates, and the Chicago players plan to be there.
Las Vegas routed Chicago 13-2 in four innings on Sunday.
MEXICO 11, VENEZUELA 1: Juan Garza pitched a four-hitter and struck out six to lead Mexico past Venezuela in five innings. Garza also hit a a solo homer to lead off the bottom of the first inning. Second baseman Ruy Martinez, who stands 4-foot-8, had three hits and three RBIs for Mexico, while Daniel Quiroz also had three hits with two RBIs.
NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE 12, CANADA 9: Sam Slaughter homered twice and drove in six runs to help Nashville, Tennessee, beat Canada 12-9 in a consolation game. The catcher hit three-run homers in the first and fifth innings, while third baseman Blake Money also had a solid performance, going 2 for 3 with two RBIs. He hit a solo home run following Slaughter’s homer in the fifth.