Oregon evens mark with close triumph

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — Reid Penney hit a solo homer, Mitch Lomax struck out eight and Calvin Hermanson worked out of final-inning jam as Lake Oswego 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 and square the Oregon team's record at 1-1.

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

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.

In other games, Lubbock, Texas, (2-0) defeated Chandler, Ariz., (1-1), 5-1; Coon Rapids, Minn., (1-1) defeated Salisbury, Md., (0-2), 4-3; Taiwan (1-1) defeated Netherlands (0-2), 11-1 in a game shortened to five innings by the mercy rule; and Curacao (1-1) defeated Saudi Arabia (0-2), 2-0.

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