Northern Little League won its opening game of the World Series 6-2 Saturday afternoon over Hawaii in a nationally televised game.
The win puts Northern in the Pool A winners' bracket where the Georgia and Southeastern Regional champions will play Hamilton, Ohio of the Great Lakes Region Monday at 6 p.m. It will be televised by ESPN.
Knox Carter hit a two-run homer and Jacob Pate picked up the win.
Ohio defeated the Mid-Atlantic winner Toms River of New Jersey 16-6 earlier in the day. Hawaii and New Jersey play in an elimination game Sunday at 2 p.m.
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Northern added two insurance runs to take a 6-2 lead into the final inning of the team's Little League World Series opener.
The Northern runs came without the benefit of a hit.
Catcher Blake Hicks led the inning off by reaching on an error by the Hawaii shortstop. He moved to second when Brandon Pugh drew a walk. Knox Carter moved the runners up with a sacrifice fly to right. That allowed Hicks and Pugh to score on a pair of past balls by Hawaii catcher Dane Kaneshiro.
Hawaii is coming up for its final at-bat.
Columbus Northern is three outs from winning its Little League World Series opener.
Relief pitcher Troy Gilliland allowed a double to Hawaii's Kaimana Bartolome, but solid defense kept the West team off the board.
Northern holds a 4-2 lead coming to bat in the bottom of the fifth inning.
The bottom of Northern's order went quietly in the fourth inning against Hawaii.
Northern leads 4-2 with two innings to play.
West pitcher Noah Shackles has thrown 59 pitches, well under the 85-pitch limit that has already forced Northern to make a pitching change.
Northern pitcher Jacob Pate is finished for the game, reaching the 85-pitch Little League limit.
Pate retired the side in the fourth inning, leaving with a 4-2 lead over Hawaii in the first game of the World Series. Pate threw 86 pitches, he was allowed complete the at-bat when he hit 85.
At times Pate struggled with his control, walking three batters and hitting two. He only allowed one hit, a two-run homer to Ty DeSa. The power pitcher struck out seven.
Northern will start the fifth with a new pitcher. Troy Gilliland was warming up while Columbus batted in the bottom of the fourth.
Northern went failed to score in the bottom of the third inning.
The only Northern base runner was third baseman Kobie Buglioli, who was hit by a pitch.
Hawaii starter Noah Shackles has thrown 45 pitches through three innings.
Northern put Matthew Lang in place of Cason Sizemore in right field and Jack Copley in place of Jalen Latta in center field. Lang will lead off and Copley will bat third in the bottom of the fourth.
Northern holds a 4-2 lead midway through the third inning, but Columbus starter and ace Jacob Pate is quickly running out of pitches.
Pate has thrown 72 pitches in three innings and will have to leave the game after 85 pitches. If the 85th pitch comes in the middle of an at-bat, the pitcher is allowed to finish pitching to the hitter.
Hawaii got two runners on by a walk and hit batter, but could do nothing to advance them.
Attendance in Lamade Stadium was announced at 25,754.
Northern squandered a leadoff single from Jack Tanner and left him stranded at third.
The Columbus leads 4-2 after two innings of the six-inning game.
Northern starter Jacob Pate, after a rocky first inning, settled down in the top of the second to retire Hawaii in order, protecting a 402 lead.
Pate struck out two batters and coaxed a weak ground out to second. After throwing 40 pitches in the first inning, Pate only threw nine in the second. He is limited to 85 for the game, per Little League rules.
It didn't take Northern long to get back in the game.
Trailing by two runs, Northern rallied to take a 4-2 lead after the first inning against Hawaii.
Shortstop Brandon Pugh singled up the middle to score Hicks and Pate, who both walked, to even it at 2-2. Then leftfielder Knox Carter hit a home run to right field to give Northern a 4-2 lead with no outs in the bottom of the first inning.
Hawaii starter Noah Shackles then settled down to strike out Kobie Buglioli, Troy Gilliland and Cason Sizemore. Shackles finished the inning with 29 pitches. Little League pitchers are limited to 85 pitches in a game.
It take Hawaii long to jump on Columbus Northern and starting pitcher Jacob Pate.
Hawaii's Ty DeSa took Pate's seventh pitch of the game deep over right-field wall to give the West team a quick 2-0 advantage. Leadoff hitter Kahoea Akau reached on a walk to set the table for DeSa.
It could have been much worse than a 2-0 hole for Northern.
Pate threw 40 pitches in the first inning, walked three and hit a batter. Northern coach Donnie Coulter paid a visit to the mound after the fifth batter to settle down his starter.
Northern got a key out at the plate when a pitch got past catcher Blake Hicks, but he was able to recover and get the ball to Pate, who tagged out Kaimana Bartolome trying to score.
The Columbus Northern and Hawaii teams have been introduced.
Columbus will be the home team wearing the gold and garnet uniforms.
The Columbus lineup:
C -- Blake Hicks
P -- Jacob Pate
SS -- Brandon Pugh
LF -- Knox Carter
3B -- Kobie Buglioli
1b -- Troy Gilliland
RF -- Cason Sizemore
2b -- Jack Tanner
CF -- Jalen Latta
Reserves, Jack Copley and Matthew Lang.
The Hawaii lineup:
2b -- Kahoea Akau
1b -- Ty DeSa
LF -- Shiloah Baniaga
RF -- Kaimana Bartolome
P -- Noah Shackles
C -- Keolu Ramos
3B-- Dane Kaneshiro
SS -- Justice Nakagawa
Hicks 'a little nervous
The Columbus Northern kids were up early Saturday morning walking around the Little League World Series compound.
Jacob Pate, who will be the starting pitcher when Columbus faces West Region champion Hawaii at 3 p.m. today in Lamade Stadium, said he was ready to go.
"I am getting a little nervous," Pate said four hours before the game, which will be televised nationally on ABC TV.
Northern was scheduled to take batting practice in the cages below the stadium at 12:30. They have to be in the stadium an hour before first pitch.
Best name in the tournament?
No doubt about this one. Great Lakes third baseman Brooks Robinson. And he is wearing No. 5, just like the former Baltimore Orioles Hall of Famer.
And what did the Hamilton, Ohio kid do in his first Little League World Series at-bat? Lined a double down the third base line for two RBI. Just what the original Brooks Robinson would have done.