Little League World Series: Columbus Eliminated After 5-2 Loss To Hawaii

For the fourth time in the past five years, a Georgia team is representing the Southeast in the Little League World Series. Columbus is hoping to win its second LLWS championship, and the state's third, from within the same time span.

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Columbus Eliminated From Little League World Series After 5-2 Loss To Hawaii

The Little League World Series team representing the Southeast regional, Georgia’s Columbus Northern has been eliminated from the annual affair after losing to Hawaii Friday afternoon 5-12 in South Williamsport, Pa.

Shortstop Brandon Pugh doubled home two runs and then scored on the same play following a throwing error to help Georgia take a 4-0 lead in the top of the third. Unfortunately, Hawaii’s bats came alive to tie the game in the bottom stanza of the inning and would never look back on their way to the victory.

Columbus finished its World Series appearance with two wins and two losses.

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Columbus headed for rematch with Hawaii

Aloha means hello and goodbye: The Waipio All-Stars’ victory over Hamilton, Ohio, means that Hawaii has earned a rematch with Columbus, Georgia, in the Little League World Series. That game is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. Thursday at Lamade Stadium.

Hawaii was Columbus’ first victim in the LLWS back on Saturday — Columbus spotted their opponents a 2-0 lead in the top of the first but powered back with four runs in the bottom half of the inning; pitchers Jared Pate and Troy Gilliland combined to allow just one more hit for the remainder of the game, which meant the Columbus Little Leaguers were able to coast to a 6-2 win.

If Columbus loses in the rematch, they’ll face a rubber match against Hawaii at 2 p.m. Friday, with the winner advancing to the U.S. championship on Friday; if they beat Hawaii tonight, they advance to the U.S. championship outright.

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