Andrews nails HR as Oregon tops Ohio to reach LLWS semis

Updated: August 22, 2007, 1:14 AM ET
Associated Press

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. -- Austin Andrews led off the bottom of the first with a home run and Levi Rudolph bunted in another run as Lake Oswego, Ore., defeated Hamilton, Ohio, 6-1 on Tuesday to advance to the semifinals of the Little League World Series.

Rudolph also pitched four-plus effective innings for Lake Oswego (2-1), striking out six before being forced to depart after reaching Little League's 85-pitch limit.

Andrews, a right-handed hitter, smacked his homer to the opposite field to give Lake Oswego a 1-0 lead. Brennan Malagamba followed with a double later in the inning that led to another run and a 2-0 advantage.

Hamilton (1-2) scored its only run in the second off a single by John Cornett. But the Ohio squad couldn't get solid hits after that off Rudolph and was eliminated from the tournament.

Rudolph added a pretty bunt single in the fifth that drove home Calvin Hermanson with no one covering the plate.

"Let's Go Lakers," yelled the Lake Oswego fans after their team reached Thursday's U.S. semifinals.

Heavy downpours Tuesday forced the game between Walpole, Mass., and Warner Robins, Ga. to be suspended in the second inning. That game will be resumed Wednesday at 11 a.m.

The late game between Taiwan and Mexico never even started, and was also postponed to Wednesday at noon.

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