Little League all-stars eek out a win against Great Lakes team
by: Miles Vance, Murrayhill Little League parent Lorenzo Rivera celebrates Wednesday night as Murrayhill records the final out in its 4-3 win in the U.S. semifinal of the Little League World Series at Williamsport, Pa. Rivera’s son, Miguel, and the rest of the Murrayhill team will return to action in the U.S. Championship game at 12:30 p.m. (PT) on Saturday. The Northwest Little League team defeated the Great Lakes representative Lemont, Ill., in a tense game that had a see-saw scoring battle.

WILLIAMSPORT - Call it amazing.

Call it improbable.

Call it Murrayhill.

The Murrayhill Little League Majors all-stars did it again last night, knocking off Great Lakes Little League 4-3 to win their U.S. semifinal and advance to the U.S. championship at 12:30 p.m. (PT) Saturday at Lamade Stadium.

Murrayhill rallied from a two-run deficit on Wednesday, tying the game on Sam Albert's RBI double and subsequent run (he scored on a Great Lakes error on the same play), then scored the go-ahead and winning runs in the top of the sixth. There, Albert led off with a single, took second on an error and scored to make it 3-2 on Devon DeJardin's squeeze bunt.

Then, with Austin Perry running for DeJardin and Trevor Nix at the plate, Perry took second on a wild pitch, raced to third when the Great Lakes catcher's throw sailed into center, then scored when the Great Lakes center fielder backed up the play and threw the ball away again.

Murrayhill, which won for the fourth straight time at the World Series since losing its opener, was led offensively by Albert's 2-for-3 day at the plate (he also scored twice).

Great Lakes had won the 'A' pool to earn its spot in the U.S. semifinal at 2-1 while Murrayhill also went 2-1 in the 'B' pool and placed secondFor a complete game story and more photos, please see the Aug. 31 Valley Times.

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