Furious rally falls short as Loudoun South suffers first loss of Little League World Series

J.J. Regan


Loudoun South battled back from an 8-2 deficit to tie the game but ultimately fell 12-9 to the West Regional champ out of Hawaii on Wednesday.

Heading into Wednesday's game, Loudoun South had not allowed a single hit. That changed quickly as Hawaii jumped out to an early lead with five runs in the first inning. Justin Lee, who had pitched all four innings in Sunday's win, could not get out of the first inning as he allowed one hit, two walks, and four runs in 26 pitches.

Hawaii extended the lead to 8-2 in the third inning, but Loudoun South battled quickly back with a furious rally. They chipped away at the deficit with five singles, three walks and one hit by a pitch all in the bottom of the third to tie the game at 8.

Hawaii, however, would not be denied. The West champs retook the lead with a run in the fourth and extended it with three runs in the fifth for a deficit Loudoun South ultimately could not overcome.

After not allowing a hit for two games, Loudoun South gave up 13 hits to Hawaii. Fielding was also an issue with five errors on the night.

The tournament is not over for Loudoun South as the team will get one more shot to advance. They will play Thursday against the Southwest Regional champ from Louisiana at 7 p.m. The winner will advance to play Hawaii in the United States Championship game. A loss, however, will end Loudoun South's tournament.

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Furious rally falls short as Loudoun South suffers first loss of Little League World Series originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington