Mo'ne Davis helps Philadelphia to roll at Little League World Series

  • Updated: August 18, 2014 - 9:19 AM
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Philadelphia's Tai Shanahan (7) celebrates his walk-off single with teammate Mo'ne Davis, center, as Pearland pitcher Landon Donley (12) runs off the field during the sixth inning of a baseball game against Pearland in United States pool play at the Little League World Series tournament in South Williamsport, Pa., Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014. Philadelphia won 7-6. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar

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- Mo’ne Davis had a bloop RBI single in the first inning to became the sixth girl to get a hit in Little League World Series history, and her Philadelphia team rallied in the sixth inning to beat Pearland, Texas, 7-6 on Sunday night.

On Friday in Philadelphia’s opener, Davis threw a two-hitter and struck out eight in a 4-0 victory over Nashville, Tennessee.

In the sixth inning against Pearland, Zion Spearman scored the winning run on shortstop Matt Adams’ two-out throwing error to first base. Scott Bandura reached on a bunt leading off the inning. Two outs later, Spearman tied it with a line-drive triple into the left-center gap.

Pearland (1-1) had a four-run fifth to take a 6-3 lead. Cole Smajstrla hit a three-run home run and Layne Roblyer, who homered earlier, had an RBI single.

Spearman and Kai Cummings drove in runs in the bottom of the inning to cut it to 6-5.

Philadelphia will play Las Vegas on Wednesday night, with Davis expected to pitch again. Las Vegas also improved to 2-0 on Sunday, routing Chicago 13-2 in four innings.

On Monday, Pearland will play Lynnwood, Washington; and Chicago will meet Cumberland, Rhode Island.

In International play Sunday, South Korea and Japan each improved to 2-0. Seoul beat Humacao, Puerto Rico, 8-5; and Tokyo topped Guadalupe, Mexico 9-5.

Seoul will face Tokyo on Wednesday.

LAS VEGAS 13, CHICAGO 2, 4 INNINGS

Brad Stone hit a grand slam in the first inning and Las Vegas pounded the Jackie Robinson West team.

“The grand slam was a big momentum changer right out of the gate,” Las Vegas manager Ashton Cave said. “The ball started rolling, and the kids just jumped on the train and rode it out.”

Austin Kryszczuk homered twice, connecting in the second and fourth innings.

Zach Hare and Dominic Clayton also homered.

Las Vegas starter Brennan Holligan limited Chicago to two hits and struck out six.

Chicago’s Pierce Jones, who hit three home runs Thursday against Lynnwood, was 0 for 2 with a walk.

“I’ve got some things to cheer them up,” Chicago manager Darold Butler said. “I kind of let them do what they want to do. ... I just let them be 12-year-old kids and have fun.”

SOUTH KOREA 8, PUERTO RICO 5

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