Arredondo nails 3-run homer as Texas eliminates Oregon at LLWS
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. -- Bryndan Arredondo hit a three-run homer in the third inning as undefeated Lubbock, Texas (3-0) rallied from an early two-run deficit to eliminate Lake Oswego, Oregon (2-2) in a 8-2 victory on Thursday at the Little League World Series.
"Oh yeah, I knew it was out," Arredondo said about his blast.
Trailing 2-0 in the top of the third, Jay Pendergrass hit a one-out double to left for unbeaten Lubbock (3-0). Greg Hewett reached on an error to put runners on the corners.
Stephen Smith beat out a potential double-play ball that allowed Pendergrass to score to give Lubbock its first run. After Williams singled, Arredondo crushed a 1-0 pitch to right to give his team a 4-2 lead.
Texas will play Georgia on Saturday to decide the U.S. championship.
Lake Oswego (2-2) had taken a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning after Williams allowed Calvin Hermanson's two-run single with one out. Lubbock's left-handed ace pitcher got out of the inning with two strikeouts.
After recording all 17 outs in his first appearance by strikeout, Williams struck out the first six batters he faced against Lake Oswego. When Reid Penney flew out in the fourth, it was the first time in the World Series that Williams recorded an out other than by strikeout.
Williams finished with 11 Ks against Oregon, which was eliminated.
"I expect to dominate, but sometimes I'm on and sometimes I'm not," Williams said. "I've just happened to be on this week."
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