Oregon stays alive in LLWS


Reid Penney hit a solo homer, Mitch Lomax struck out eight and Calvin Hermanson worked out of final-inning jam as Lake Oswego, Ore. defeated Walpole, Mass. 1-0 on Sunday at the Little League World Series.

Penney deposited a curveball from losing pitcher Joseph Guarino Jr. over the hedges beyond left field to score the game's only run.

The 5-foot-7 power hitter lumbered around third base and pumped his right arm before being greeted at the plate by jubilant teammates from Lake Oswego (1-1).

Lomax got tidy defense to support his pitching performance. Michael Gallagher robbed Walpole's Matthew Bender of a potential extra-base hit with a diving catch in right.

John Adams hustled into second safely for Walpole (1-1) after his blooper fell between three fielders in shallow center. Lomax got the next out but had to leave the mound after passing the new 85-pitch limit.

Hermanson entered in relief and walked the next batter on a 3-2 count before getting Samuel Falkson to bounce into a game-ending fielder's choice.

Guarino tossed a complete-game six-hitter for Walpole.

Lubbock, Texas 5, Chandler, Ariz., 1

Call him Texas' two-way threat.

Zane Ancell hit a long home run and struck out 11 to lead undefeated Lubbock, Texas, to a 5-1 win over Chandler, Ariz., in the Little League World Series on Sunday.

The 12-year-old's blast easily cleared the 225-foot wall in center field, passing a TV tower and falling into a grass field where kids scurried for the souvenir.

But his performance on the mound for Lubbock (2-0) might have been even more impressive. Ancell didn't know he was going to start until 10 minutes before the game.

His curveballs kept Chandler (1-1) off-balance all game one day after the Arizonans had pounded out 17 hits.

In other games Sunday, Lake Oswego, Ore., defeated Walpole, Mass., 1-0; Taichung, Taiwan, routed Apeldoorn, Netherlands, 11-1; Willemstad, Curacao, beat Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, 2-0; and Coon Rapids, Minn., downed Salisbury, Md., 4-3.

Ancell looked imposing on the mound against Chandler. The bill of his cap pulled down tight over his forehead, at times he resembled a miniature version of another tough left-handed pitcher from Texas, the New York Yankees' Andy Pettitte.

"I felt really good today," Ancell said. "I knew I was probably going to pitch somewhere along the line, but I didn't know I was going to start today."

Manager Ed Thorne made the right call.

"We went with Zane and I'm sure glad we did," Thorne said. "He pitched a beauty."

Thorne has the luxury of at least two aces on his staff. Garrett Williams pitched a gem Saturday, striking out 17 in a 6-0 win over Coon Rapids, Minn.

The scary part for opponents might be that Thorne has more pitching at his disposal. At times over the last three seasons, he's gone through games in which he's inserted a different pitcher each inning.

Thorne said that's his plan for Texas' next game, Tuesday against Salisbury, Md.

"It's just that the hitting has to fall into place," he said.

Ancell's two-way success overshadowed teammate Bryndan Arredondo's two home runs to deep center, both of which easily cleared the 225-foot wall.

Arredondo credits tough batting cage sessions with his father for his sweet swing.

"Hitting practice is a little tougher," the 12-year-old said. "When I don't hit it, he's on my butt, 24-7."

Taiwan 11, Netherlands 1, five innings

Jen-Chieh Liu drove in two runs during a seven-run fourth inning of a game that finished early because of the 10-run mercy rule.

Chao Min Wang added three RBIs for Taiwan (1-1), which took advantage of four errors by the Netherlands (0-2) in the pivotal fourth. Roy Sterling drove in the Netherlands' only run on a groundout in the top of the fourth.

Curacao 2, Saudi Arabia 0

Vincent Anthonia struck out 15 and allowed just one hit for Curacao

Curacao (1-1) took a 1-0 lead in the fourth after Suenley Paulina drew a walk with the bases loaded. Deion Rosalia added a solo homer in the fifth off Andrew Otis, who pitched well in the loss for Saudi Arabia (0-2).

Coon Rapids, Minn. 4, Salisbury, Md. —

Coon Rapids' Tanner Lowe sent a 1-0 pitch from Canaan Cropper over the hedges in left field with nobody out in the bottom of the sixth to break a 3-3 tie.

Teammates mobbed Lowe at the plate after the 13-year-old slugger hit his second homer of the game to lead Coon Rapids (1-1) its first win in South Williamsport.

Lowe's first homer, a two-run shot in the first, barely cleared the left-field wall. There was no doubt with the second one, as fans braved slippery conditions to retrieve the ball near the hedges beyond the fence.

Cropper had a three-run homer in the fourth for winless Maryland (0-2).

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