New York overcomes Kentucky to head to US championship game

It ended well for Endwell.

But it didn’t always go well. The Mid-Atlantic Region champion from Endwell, New York, needed runs in every inning to overcome a first-inning where Great Lakes Region titlist Bowling Green, Kentucky, started with a Devin Obee line drive double off the left field wall and then a Carson Myers three-run home run off Jake Ryan’s glove in left.

Then Bowling Green scored four times in the fifth inning before Endwell went ahead with three in the bottom of the fifth on hits from Jordan Owens, Michael Mancini and Jude Abbadessa.

Endwell’s 13-10 victory in the last game Wednesday night at the Little League World Series put the team from two hours away across the New York border into Saturday’s United States championship game.

“That ball would have gone through the fence when Obee hit it,” Endwell manager Scott Rush said. “We just told our kids it’s a long game, and look at the scoreboard. We answered every time.”

Latin America titlist Aguadulce, Panama, also earned two days off with a 3-2 win over Asia-Pacific Region champion Seoul, South Korea, in the International half.

The elimination rounds played earlier Wednesday saw Nuevo Leon, Mexico, beat Sydney, Australia, 10-0, and Southeast Region champ Goodlettsville, Tennessee, beat Midwest titlist Johnston, Iowa, 14-3.

There are just two games today as the schedule has caught up from Sunday’s rainout, with South Korea vs. Mexico and Tennessee vs. Kentucky in elimination games to reach the weekend.

Bowling Green’s trip started with its neighbors across the state border from Goodlettsville cheering them on in the relocated Great Lakes final.

“If we had a fairytale ending, we’d meet in the U.S. final,” said Bowling Green manager Rick Kelley. “It’ll be bittersweet to have one of us eliminated by the other, but it will be a fun game and I hate that one of us will be going home. But we hope to come out victors.”