Down 8-1, Lafayette rallies to beat Owensboro, Ky.
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. -- Call them the comeback kids.
Andrew Stevenson reached base on a bunt single with two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning, then scored from third on a throwing error to help Lafayette, La., overcome a seven-run deficit in a 9-8 victory over Owensboro (Ky.) Southern on Sunday in the Little League World Series.
On Saturday against Westbrook, Maine, Lafayette (2-0) scored three times in the sixth to overcome a 2-0 deficit and win 3-2. Connor Toups, one of the smallest players on Lafayette at 4-foot-10 and 78 pounds, drove in the winning run in the sixth.
Lafayette manager Mike Conrad said he called for Stevenson to bunt to take advantage of his speed.
"Today I told him to just get set, make sure the ball is down and then take off," Conrad said.
Stevenson then advanced to third and scored on a throwing error after teammate Andreas Duplantis hit a grounder to short. Stevenson also had two hits.
"He may be the fastest player up here," Conrad said.
Owensboro (0-2), the Great Lakes region winner, raced out to an 8-1 lead by the bottom of the third inning on Dalton West's two-run homer down the left-field line and Luke Daugherty's three-run shot.
Lafayette, the Southwest champion, took over from there. Down 8-4 in the fifth, Lafayette tied the game on Alex Miller's single.
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