After an uncharacteristically error-prone outing, the 18-game winning streak of the Loudoun South American All-stars ended Wednesday night on the big stage of Lamade Stadium at the Little League World Series in Williamsport, PA.
After falling 12-9 to Western Region champions Central East Maui LL from Wailuku, HI, Loudoun will return to the field tomorrow in hopes of earning a rematch and a chance to represent the U.S. in the tournament finals on Sunday.
Loudoun South started the World Series with two no-hitters, but struggled early in Game 3, with pitching ace Justin Lee giving up four runs before being pulled in the first inning. The team fought back from an 8-2 deficit to tie the game with a 6-run third inning. But that wasn’t enough, as a platoon of six pitchers gave up 13 hits and defenders committed five errors.
Loudoun will return to the field Thursday night to face Southwestern regional champs Eastbank Little League from River Ridge, LA, a team that lost 5-2 to Central East Mau in their first game of the series. The game is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.
The winner of that game will play in the U.S. final game on Saturday.