New Hampshire rallies to advance to next round
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. -- Jordan Bean made sure that Portsmouth did not have worry about any defensive struggles.
Bean struck out 12 in a two-hitter as the New Hampshire club clinched a spot in the next round of the Little League World Series with a 5-0 victory over Lake Charles in a Pool B contest.
Portsmouth (2-1) was abysmal in Sunday's 14-5 loss to Columbia, Missouri, when it committed seven errors to go along with four wild pitches and two passed balls.
"New day, new game," Portsmouth manager Mark McCauley said. "That's what we said to them [the kids]. We knew today with Jordan on the mound, we'd be in this game."
Bean, who picked up the win after going the distance in a 6-1 win over Beaverton, Oregon on Friday, walked three.
Despite the scoreless outing, Bean did have to work out of a pair of jams. In the second, Bean escaped a bases-loaded situation by fanning Matthew Gallier.
Lake Charles (1-2) threatened again in the fourth, putting runners at second and third with no outs. However, Portsmouth catcher Connor McCauley recovered from a wild pitch to throw out a runner and third baseman Matthew Feeney nailed a second runner at the plate on a fielder's choice directly after to deny the team from Louisiana.
"It took a good hop [off the backstop]," said McCauley about getting the first runner. "When I threw it to Jordan [Bean], I knew [the runner] was dead."
In the fifth, Feeney broke open a scoreless tie with a bases-loaded single. Keegan Taylor also scored on the play after Lake Charles left fielder Tre Goodley overran the ball, leading to a five-run frame.
"It just felt good because it was a timely hit," Feeney said. "I was waiting for a key hit like that."
Nick Zaunbrecher gave up five runs -- three earned -- and five hits in five innings to absorb the loss for Lake Charles, which was eliminated from the event.
"You have to find some kind of silver lining from the [LLWS] experience," Lake Charles manager Josh Corman said. "It was really, really special. The kids won't realize it until we get home or they're around my age."
Portsmouth will have to wait until the result of Monday night's contest between Beaverton (1-1) and Columbia (1-1) to find out if it is the first or second seed out of Pool B.
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