SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — CJ Davock hit a two-run, two-out single in the bottom of the sixth inning to give Cumberland, R.I., an 8-7 victory over Nashville, Tenn., on Saturday night in an elimination game in the Little League World Series.
Nashville scored five runs off reliever Davock in the top of the inning. With two out, Robert Hassell III hit a two-run homer to give Nashville a 6-5 lead, and Sam Slaughter added his second home run of the game.
In the bottom of the inning, Mason Matos had a one-out single to cut it to one. Nick Croteau grounded out, with the runners advancing to second and third, and Davock followed with his walk-off line drive to center.
“I did tell C.J. that when I took him off the mound that good things would happen in the bottom half,” Cumberland manager David Belisle said. “I was very proud of him.
“We play until the last out. We want to have the last word. On days like this, it’s a little different, but I’ve got the boys that do it.”
On Sunday, the eight teams who opened the tournament with victories will be in action. In U.S. play, Chicago will face Las Vegas, and Philadelphia will meet Pearland, Texas. In the International division, Seoul will play Humacao, Puerto Rico, and Tokyo will face Guadalupe, Mexico.
On Monday, Cumberland will face the Chicago-Pearland loser, and Lynnwood will meet the Las Vegas-Philadelphia loser. In consolation games, Rapid City will face Brno, Czech Republic, on Monday, and Nashville will play Vancouver, British Columbia, on Tuesday.
“Our boys never gave up,” Nashville manager Chris Mercado said. “We knew that’s what they could do. It was really fun. That was a good game.”
LYNNWOOD, WASH., 7, RAPID CITY, S.D. 5
Colton Walsh hit a two-run home run in the top of the fourth inning to give Lynnwood the lead and the Washington club beat Rapid City.
Walsh homered off reliever Daniel Vigoren to give Lynnwood a 6-5 lead.
Rapid City was eliminated from title contention.
VENEZUELA 10, CANADA 0, 5 INNINGS
Ronny Medina hit a grand slam in the fifth inning Saturday, putting an early end to Venezuela’s win over Canada.
Cesar Leonardo Vivas drove in three runs for the winners from Maracaibo, Venezuela. After striking out in his first at-bat, Vivas singled home Asnaldo Caicedo in the third, with Julio Rejon also scoring on the play because of an overthrow
Vivas added a two-run single the next inning for a five-run lead.
Medina’s slam put the mercy rule into effect.
Jose Luis Atencio allowed two hits in 4 2/3 innings and struck out six against the team from Vancouver, British Columbia.
AUSTRALIA 10, CZECH REBUBLIC 1
Callum Schipp struck out 11 batters to help Australia defeat the Czech Republic.
Schipp tossed a three-hitter through 5 1/3 innings. The Australians helped Schipp by scoring one run in the second and fourth innings.
The Czech Republic allowed five runs on five hits in the fifth inning, and Australia added three runs in the sixth.
Javier Pelkonen went 3-for-3 with three RBIs and a home run.
Australia will play the loser of Mexico and Japan on Monday, while the Czech Republic awaits the loser of Washington and South Dakota.