New York, Oregon, Panama prevail at LLWS

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SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, PA. >> Michael Mancini allowed just four hits and struck out 13 in 5 1/3 innings to help Endwell, New York beat Goodlettsville, Tennessee 3-1 on Monday in the Little League World Series.

Mancini was relieved by Ryan Harlost with one out in the sixth inning after Tennessee's Zach McWilliams hit a home run to left field. Harlost retired the next two batters.

Harlost also had a two-run homer over the center-field wall to give New York a 2-0 lead in the first inning. He started the LLWS by going 4 for 4 with two home runs.

Mancini walked to lead off the third, advanced to second on a wild pitch, went to third on a fielder's choice and scored on another errant pitch to make it 3-0. New York had runners on second and third with two outs in the fifth but Tennessee reliever Robert Carroll ended the threat with a strikeout.

Oregon 6, Italy 2

Isaiah Jensen allowed just two hits and no earned runs in 4 1/3 innings to help Bend, Oregon beat Emilia, Italy 6-2 on Monday in a consolation game of the Little League World Series.

Oregon put runners on second and third with no outs in the second inning but scored just once on Chase Terry's sacrifice fly. Jensen kept Italy scoreless through four innings and didn't give up a hit until Samuele Gamberini singled off the center-field wall in the fourth.

Oregon scored five runs in the bottom of the fourth to make it 6-0. Julian Mora sliced a RBI single to right field, and Bowen Nelson and Zack Reynolds hit back-to-back RBI triples with two outs.

Italy got on the board in the fifth on Oregon's only error. In the sixth, Italy loaded the bases with one out and scored one run on a fielder's choice.

Panama 3, Australia 2

Esmith Pineda and Carlos Gonzalez combined to strike out 14 and Jose Torres had a bases-loaded walk in the sixth inning to give Panama a 3-2 victory over Australia on Monday in the Little League World Series.

Pineda cruised through the first five innings, striking out 11 and giving up just two hits. But he was replaced in the sixth after Sydney's Brent Iredale hit a two-run homer to tie it at 2-2. Gonzalez needed just 11 pitches to strike out the next three.

In the bottom of the sixth, Leonardo Bernal led off with a bloop single and Gonzalez lined a shot off the pitcher's leg. With one out, Joaquin Tejada hit a deep fly ball to load the bases and after a fielder's choice, Torres was walked on four pitches.

Panama, from Aguadulce, took a 1-0 lead in the second on Tejada's home run deep over the center-field wall. Bernal scored on Pineda's grounder to the shortstop in the fourth to make it 2-0.


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