Pennsylvania downs Georgia, advances at LLWS

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — The Pennsylvania party rolled on at the Little League World Series.

The hometown favorites from Clinton County overcame a rocky start with a six-run first inning then held on for a 7-5 win Tuesday night over Warner Robins, Ga., before another raucous crowd under the Lamade Stadium lights.

Brandon Miller got the offense going again with a leadoff single before coming around to score on Landon Breon's two-run single. Miller, Pennsylvania's 12-year-old sparkplug, finished the scoring in the frantic first with an RBI infield single.

Georgia had the winning run at the plate with two runners on with two outs in the sixth, but reliever Tyler McCloskey snared a bouncer to the mound to end the game.

Central Pennsylvania's favorite sons, from the Keystone Little League in Clinton County, celebrated another victory before exchanging handshakes with their opponents at home plate. The crowd erupted with chants of "Let's go Keystone! Let's go Keystone," before a deafening roar following the final out.

McCloskey seemed oblivious to all the fuss. The 13-year-old closer tipped his cap and calmly walked off the mound while the rest of his teammates jumped for joy.

Georgia shortstop Jake Fromm's two-run homer to center sliced the deficit to 7-5 in the fourth. Fromm also made several sparkling defensive plays, including a diving catch in the hole to save an RBI single.

But the first inning proved to be too much for Georgia to overcome.

In the early games Tuesday, second baseman Ken Igeta had an RBI double to start the scoring in a three-run third, and catcher Asuya Otsuka added an RBI triple in Hamamatsu City, Japan's 4-0 victory over Langley, British Columbia. Cumberland, R.I., had a wild 8-7 win over the Netherlands in a consolation game after Colin Cannata scored on an error in the bottom of the sixth.

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