The hot bat of Reece Roussel ended the championship dreams of the Loudoun South All Stars tonight in Williamsport, PA.
Loudoun ended their Little League World Series run, falling 10-0to Eastbank Little League of River Ridge, LA, just one game short of the finals.
Roussel hit three doubles and a grand slam home run in his four plate appearances, while Eastbank’s Marshall Louque threw a five-inning no-hitter, striking out eight.
Loudoun’s Justin Lee—who played a critical role in the team’s championship run‚ including throwing a complete game no hitter last week—battled on the pitching mound Thursday night, giving up six earned runs in four innings. Lee was one of only four Loudouners to reach base, earning a walk. Colton Hicks (error), Chase Triplett (fielder’s choice) and Liam Thyen (hit by pitch) also reached base, but none got across the plate.
Despite their frustration at the plate, Lee and Loudoun held the game close, 1-0, through the third inning. But Eastbank put the game out of reach with a seven-run fourth inning, driven by Roussel’s grand slam. The game ended in the fifth, after Eastbank achieved a 10-run lead triggering the slaughter rule.
Eastbank will get a rematch againstWailuku, HI, on Saturday. The winner will advance to Sunday’s final against the champion of the international team bracket, either Japanor Curacao.
Loudoun was the first Virginia team to advance to the Little League World Series since 1994.