Sammamish stays alive in Little League World Series

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — Doing all of its scoring in the third inning, the Eastlake of Sammamish, Wash., remained alive in the Little League World Series with a 6-5 victory over Nashville, Tenn., on Tuesday.

Eastlake will face the loser of Wednesday’s game between unbeaten Chula Vista, Calif., and Westport, Conn., in the U.S. losers bracket final on Thursday. The winner of that game will send Sammamish to Saturday’s U.S. championship game.

With his team trailing 2-0, Nathan Fitzgibbons walked to lead off the Eastlake third inning. Jack Carper, Dalton Chandler and Will Armbruester hit consecutive RBI singles to give Sammamish the lead. Two more runs scored on errors before Austin Oh’s pinch single concluded the inning’s scoring.

Nashville closed the deficit to one on Ben Pickman’s homer in the fourth inning, but Jack Matheson slammed the door by working 3 1/3 innings of outstanding relief.