SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — David Umphreville Jr. had a two-run single and Zane Conlon snared a line drive to end a rally as Warner Robins, Ga., advanced to the Little League World Series final with a 5-2 win Saturday over Lubbock, Texas.
With runners on second and third and Georgia leading 4-2, Conlon moved quickly to his left to catch a hard liner off the bat of Lubbock’s Bryndan Arredondo to end the inning.
Conlon stumbled briefly to his knees before being mobbed by delighted teammates on his way to the dugout. The catch saved a potential game-tying hit by Texas.
After Georgia’s Dalton Carriker struck out Jay Pendergrass to end the game, Carriker skipped home and jumped into the arms of catcher Kendall Scott so hard they fell over at home plate. Other delighted teammates soon joined them on the ground.
Warner Robins will play Tokyo for the Little League World Series championship on Sunday. Japan beat Willemstad, Curacao, 7-4, earlier Saturday for the international crown.
A Georgia win Sunday would give U.S. teams three straight World Series titles. The past two Georgia teams to advance to South Williamsport have come away with the World Series trophy, including Columbus last year and East Marietta in 1983.
Carriker homered and Umphreyville Jr. added a two-run single in a three-run third inning that gave Warner Robins a 4-0 lead.
Lubbock’s Garret Williams homered in the bottom of the third as Texas closed to 4-2. Umphreyville Jr. scored on a bases-loaded walk to give Warner Robins a 5-2 lead.