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Columbus goes three up, three down to lose 12-5. Hawaii advances to the U.S. Championship Game against Texas.
Hawaii scored five more runs in the bottom of the fifth to take a 12-5 lead over Northern coming into the Columbus team's final at-bat.
Notherrn cut the Hawaii lead to 7-5 on an RBI single by pinch-hitter Jack Copley.
Northern is down to its final three outs and will have the top of the order coming to bat in the sixth inning.
Hawaii scored three runs to take a 7-4 lead over Northern in the fourth inning.
Northern starter Jacob Pate reached his 85-pitch limit with two outs. He was relieved by Jalen Latta, who until last night had not pitched since the regular season.
Pate is a hard throwing right hander and Latta is a control left hander. Latta struck out Matthew Campos to end the inning.
Northern failed to score in the fourth inning against Hawaii, leaving the game tied 4-4.
Hawaii starter Shiloah Baniaga reached his pitch-count limit with two outs in the top of the fourth. Baniaga allowed six hits and four runs.
Hawaii warmed up left-hander Ezra Heleski then right hander Keolu Ramos, who pitched. Knox Carter ground out to end the inning.
Hawaii benefited from the newly instituted instant replay rule to tie Northern 4-4 after three innings.
After Ty DeSa walked on four pitches catcher Blake Hicks appeared to throw out DeSa trying to steal second. The out call was challenged by Hawaii manager Brian Yoshii and reversed after replay review.
Pate then got Shiloh Baniaga to ground out to second. Pate hit Kaimana Bartolome to put runners on first and third with two outs. DeSa scored on a passed ball.
After a hit batter and a walk, Noah Shackles then hit a fly to center field that fell. It drove in two runs to make it 4-3. Shackle then scored on a wild pitch to tie the game.
Pate has thrown 69 pitches threw three innings. His pitch limit is 85.
Northern broke on top 4-0 thanks to the clutch hitting of shortstop Brandon Pugh and pinch-hitter Matthew Lang.
The Columbus team sent 10 batters to the plate against Hawaii starter Shiloh Baniaga, who is just 11 pitches from reaching the Little League limit of 85.
After Jalen Latta grounded out to first, Blake Hicks walked and Jacob Pate singled to put runners at first and second with one out
Pugh then ripped a double to the left-center gap that scored Hicks and Pate. Pugh also scored on the play when the left fielder made a throwing error getting the ball into the infield.
Knox Carter walked and was moved to third on a single by Troy Gilliland. Manager Randy Morris then brought in Matthew Lang, who promptly singled up the middle to make it 4-0.
Northern kept Hawaii off the board in the second inning of a scoreless tie.
Northern starter Jacob Pate has thrown 32 pitches and struck out five of the first nine batters he has faced. He has allowed one hit.
The Columbus team is coming to bat in the top of the third.
Northern could get nothing going in the top of the second.
The game is tied 0-0 with Hawaii coming to bat in the bottom of the second.
Troy Gilliland, Cason Sizemore and Jack Tanner went down in order. The Columbus team does not have a hit off Hawaii starter Shiloh Baniaga, the team's No. 2 pitcher.
Hawaii is coming to bat in the bottom of the second.
Northern did not allow Hawaii to score a first-inning run despite two errors.
Hawaii leadoff hitter Kahoea Akau reached on a fielding error by Northern shortstop Brandon Pugh and advanced to third on a throwing error by right fielder Cason Sizemore after a Shiloh Baniaga single.
Northern starter Jacob Pate then struck out the next two batters to get out of the jam. Pate threw 16 pitches in the first inning.
It is 0-0 after one inning.
Northern wasted a good scoring opportunity in the top of the first inning, loading the bases without a hit, but failing to push across a run.
Hawaii starter Shiloh Baniaga was wild early, walking the first two batters he faced. He then threw a wild pitch that put Blake Hicks and Jacob Pate on third and second.
Brandon Pugh struck out for the first out of the inning.
Northern loaded the bases when Knox Carter was hit by a pitch, bringing up third baseman Kobie Buglioli, who hit a shot down the third base line that turned into an inning-ending double play.
Hawaii is coming to bat in the bottom of the first against Northern starter Jacob Pate.
It is the third time these two teams have met in the series. Northern won the first one 6-2 and Hawaii won 7-4 Thursday night.
Game time in Williamsport. We will be updating each half inning for those working and not close to a television and ESPN.
The teams have been introduced. Randy Morris said the volunteer pledge and Northern's Matthew Lang said the players' pledge.
Time to start.