Desjardin delivers as Oregon eliminates Missouri
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. -- Devon Desjardin delivered the go-ahead single in the sixth inning to lift Beaverton, Oregon into the U.S. semifinals with a 2-1 victory over Columbia, Missouri.
Beaverton (2-1) joins Portsmouth, New Hampshire as Pool B representatives in the next round, while Columbia (1-2) is eliminated.
"They're hurting right now, but I'm so happy for them," Columbia manager Jeff Echelmeier. "We really feel like we belong here. We'll sleep it off tonight and the kids will be back to being kids."
Juan Miguel Rivera hit a one-out double in the sixth and pinch runner Austin Perry moved to third on a passed ball. Desjardin followed by lining a single into center field for a 2-1 lead.
"We didn't want to go home," Desjardin said. "We didn't want our summer to end."
Desjardin's game-winning base hit came against Columbia starter Ryan Phillips, who allowed two runs and eight hits in six innings. He struck out 10 and did not walk a batter.
"Both pitchers pitched their hearts out," Beaverton manager Jeff Keller said. "I think it was the best game played in the Little League World Series."
Jace Fry was effectively wild for Beaverton, yielding one run and three hits and six frames. He struck out 10 but also walked five and unleashed four wild pitches.
"I was OK," said Fry, who also forged a 1-1 tie with an RBI double in the fifth. "It was hard to get the [pitches] down. I wasn't really that nervous."
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