Hawaii’s bats woke up after their 11 inning scare against Georgia. They put up eight runs against Ryan Knaebel, and Michigan pitching.
Michigan came out strong in the top of the 1st. The boys from Grosse Pointe Woods-Shores Little League in Grosse Pointe, Michigan managed to load up the bases with only one out. The first run of the game occurred when #5 hitter Preston Barr was jammed and poked a blooper that was placed perfectly behind the pitcher and in between shortstop and second base. The bloop infield single was followed up by two strikeouts to end the inning.
HAWAII’S BIG INNING
In the bottom of the second, the little leaguers from Honolulu strung together a couple of hits, highlighted by a 2 RBI double by Aukai Kea who played hero against Georgia and hit the walk-off two-run homer Friday night.
TOO LITTLE TOO LATE
Another sixth inning rally was started for the Woods-Shores crew with a frozen rope single by Jarren Purify. Purify emerged in this game and received a lot of recognition from the ESPN broadcast after showcasing his speed, and pitching while also recording two hits in the game. Barr then followed up a bunt with another RBI single. The final run of the game was knocked in by a Cameron Schaefer single.
After the loss, the group from Grosse Point has their hands full with a potential three games to win before reaching the United States Championship Game. Their next game will be against the Midwest represented by Grandview Little League from Des Moines, Iowa who won their elimination game against Rhode Island 8-5. The game will be nationally broadcasted on ESPN at 3:00 PM on Lamade Stadium.