Westport, Conn, Wins Wild Game to Advance to Little League World Series US Championships

Friday, Aug 23, 2013  |  Updated 7:54 PM EDT
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Westport, Conn, Advances to LLWS US Championships

Westport, Conn., players wait to greet Chad Knight (24) after his home run off Sammamish, Wash.'s Jack Carper during the fifth inning of an elimination baseball game at the Little League World Series tournament on Friday, Aug. 23, 2013, in South Williamsport, Pa. Westport, Conn., won 14-13 in seven innings.

Chad Knight lined a run-scoring single to left field in the bottom of the seventh inning, and New England champion Westport, Conn., beat Northwest champion Sammamish, Wash., 14-13 in a wild game Friday to earn a spot in the U.S. championship game at the Little League World Series.

Knight also hit a solo homer to tie it in the fifth.

Connecticut beat Sammamish for the second time in a week to advance to play Chula Vista, Calif., 3:30 p.m. Saturday for a berth in the title game. Tijuana, Mexico, will face Tokyo for the international title 12:30 p.m. Saturday. The winners of those two games will face off in the World Series championship Sunday.

Washington scored 10 runs in the fourth on 11 hits to take a 12-5 lead, pounding a World Series record-tying eight straight hits off Connecticut starter Harry Azadian.

Connecticut rallied with seven runs in the bottom of the fifth to tie it at 13, getting home runs from Alex Reiner, Max Popken and Knight. Tatin Llamas and Ricky Offenberg also homered for Connecticut.

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