SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — Columbus Northern is one win from the United States championship game in the Little League World Series.
Tuesday, Northern beat Ohio 6-0 to advance to the Pool A final. Northern earns a rest day with the win. The Columbus team will play the winner of the Ohio-Hawaii game Thursday at 7 p.m. The Ohio-Hawaii game is at 4 p.m. Wednesday.
Northern is one of four unbeaten teams left in the tournament.
Northern's Troy Gilliland got the complete-game win.
Kobie Buglioli, Matthew Lang and Blake Hicks hit homers.
Blake Hicks hit a home run to center to give Northern a 6-0 lead over Ohio going into the final inning.
Starter Troy Gilliland worked out of a two-runners on, no-outs jam to keep the shutout alive as Northern leads 5-0 against Ohio.
Gilliland has thrown 76 pitches through five innings and has nine available in the sixth and final inning.
Ohio's Garrett Hogan, after reaching on an error by third baseman Kobie Buglioli, got hung off third and picked off when right fielder Matthew Lang got a throw back into the infield and Gilliland threw a strike to third for the first out.
Northern's Matthew Lang came off the bench and delivered a pinch-hit solo home run for Northern in the bottom of the fourth inning.
The Columbus team leads Ohio 5-0 after four innings.
Ohio has two at-bats remaining.
Nothern's Troy Gilliland continued to throw a shutout as the Columbus team leads Ohio 4-0 midway through the fourth inning.
Gilliland has scattered three hits and struck out six batters. He has thrown 54 pitches, leaving him 31 remaining if Northern manager Randy Morris chose to go the distance with him.
Northern padded its lead over Ohio with an RBI double by Knox Carter. The Columbus team leads Ohio 4-0 after three innings.
Carter drove home Jacob Pate, who walked and advanced to second on Brandon Pugh's fielder's choice grounder to first.
Ohio is coming to bat in the top of the fourth.
Northern starter Troy Gilliland got through his third scoreless inning as Northern held a 3-0 lead over Ohio in the Little League World Series.
Landon Stephens got his second hit, a two-out double that fell in short center field.
The Ohio team has scored runs in bunches, but can't seem to master Gilliland. Against New Jersey on Saturday in its World Series opener, Ohio scored 16 runs.
Gilliland is half way through the game and has thrown just 37 pitches. The pitch limit for a Little Leaguer is 85.
The bottom three hitters in Northern's lineup were retired in order in the second inning.
After two innings, Northern leads 3-0 over Ohio, from Hamilton, in the Little League World Series.
After hitting a home run in the first inning, Northern third baseman Kobie Buglioli made two nice plays in the field in the top of the second as pitcher Troy Gilliland retired Ohio in order.
Northern leads 3-0 coming to bat in the second.
Gilliland has take only 19 pitches to get through the first two innings, allowing just one hit.
Kobie Buglioli's two-run homer and an RBI double by Brandon Hicks staked Northern to a 3-0 lead over Ohio in the first inning of a Little League World Series game in Lamade Stadium Tuesday afternoon.
Buglioli's blast over the left-center wall came with two outs.
Like he did Saturday, shortstop Pugh came up with a clutch first-inning hit. Pugh doubled to left just out of the reach of left fielder Tyler Hannah to score catcher Blake Hicks.
Hicks led off the Northern first with a double down the right-field line.
It took Ohio starter Cole Heflin 33 pitches to get out of the first inning.
Northern pitcher Troy Gilliland allowed a leadoff single to Landon Stephens on the first pitch of the game, then shut down Ohio's next three batters en route to an easy first inning.
Northern, the Georgia state champion, is coming to back in the bottom of the inning.
The game was stopped in the first inning Monday night because of rain. It had to be restarted from the beginning. Gilliland had a much easier time the second shot at Ohio. Monday night it took 23 pitches and the Ohio team stranded runners at second and third.
Tuesday in Lamade Stadium, it took Gilliland only 11 pitches to get out of the first.