A close game was blown wide open on Thursday when Loudoun South gave up seven runs in the fourth inning in a 10-0 loss to Eastbank of Louisiana. The loss eliminates Loudoun South from the Little League World Series just one win shy of the United States Championship.
After scoring a combined 23 runs in its first three games, the bats fell silent for Loudoun South on Thursday. Marshall Louque pitched a five-inning no-hitter for Eastbank. In 72 pitches, he struck out eight in the effort with only one walk.
Even with the pitching, however, the star of the night was Reece Roussel. Roussel went 4 for 4 at the plate with five RBIs. He also hit the game-defining grand slam.
Loudoun South kept things close through the first three innings. With the score 1-0 in the bottom of the fourth, Eastbank loaded the bases with three lead-off singles bringing Roussel up to bat. He then hit the ball out to left field for the grand slam to make the game 5-0. Eastbank finished with 13 hits.
The loss ends an impressive showing by Loudoun South, Virginia's first team in the Little League World Series in 25 years, which won its first two games with no-hitters.
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