UPDATE: Following the 8-3 loss to Pearland Texas, Hollidaysburg will play Massachusetts Middleboro Little League, the winner of the New England Region Championship on Saturday at 7 p.m. at Lamade Stadium. The game will be available on ESPN 2.
Pearland Texas will move on to play the winner of West (Hawaii) vs Metro (New York) Monday at 7 p.m. at Lamade Stadium.
Below is the original story.
WILLIAMSPORT, Pa (WTAJ) — The time has come, the Little League World Series is upon us and Hollidaysburg looks to advance past Pearland in the first round.
The 2022 Little League World Series kicked off Wednesday in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, and welcomes Pennsylvania and Mid-Atlantic Champion, Hollidaysburg Tigers, to Lamade Stadium at 7 p.m. on Thursday. Hollidaysburg will be the home team as they play Texas East and Southwest Champion, Pearland.
As they get things underway Thursday, multiple watch parties are taking place in the area. Argonne Cafe, Zach’s Sports and Spirits, Champs and both Marzoni’s locations will be showing the game. The game will also be available on ESPN 2.
The winner will move on to host the winner of either West or Metro, with the game taking place Monday, Aug. 22 at 7 p.m. Do note, that the Little League World Series is a double-elimination tournament, the loser of Thursday’s game will host New England on Saturday, Aug. 20, at 7 p.m. at Lamade Stadium. That game will also air on ESPN 2.
This story will be updated with scores and highlights throughout the game. Refresh to see the latest updates.
6TH INNING: Link stays on, leading Hollidaysburg to three quick outs. Hollidaysburg heads to the bottom of the sixth looking to comeback.
Shelton stays on pitching for Pearland, striking out Hatch to start off the inning. Jackson Boob enters the game for Phillips and gets a walk. Rabel then reaches with a single to right. Easton Metzger grounds it up the middle, getting an RBI fielder’s choice making it 8-3 Pearland. Dull grounds out, ending the game with Pearland defeating Hollidaysburg 8-3.
5TH INNING: After a quick strikeout, three straight singles (Jacolby Mayberry, Cohen Hartman, Zurek) allowed Pearland to take a 3-2 lead. Then an RBI single from Jackson Wolfe adds two more runs, making it 5-2 Pearland. Karel then lined one to left center, getting a two-run RBI Double. Pearland now leading 7-2. With one out in the inning, Chase Link takes the mount, replacing Anderson. A wild pitch allows Pearland to add another one, making it 8-2. This capped off Pearland’s six-run 5th inning.
Tyler McGough leads off the bottom half of the 5th with a lead-off single. Hollidaysburg would ground into a double play to end the 5th. Pearland still leads 8-2 going to the sixth.
4TH INNING: After a walk, Anderson replaces Dull on the mound. Anderson recorded three straight outs, leaving the game tied at 2.
Kahn left the game after recording one out in the 4th, he was replaced by Shelton who came on and got two strikeouts, leaving the game tied at 2.
3RD INNING: Malachi Clark gets the first hit for Texas to lead off the third. After a wild pitch, the runner moves up. Ethan Richardson gets an RBI single to left, getting Pearland on the board, 2-1. A huge 1-6-3 double play helped Hollidaysburg clear the bases. Jacob Zurek gets a big two-out double, nearly leaving the park. He came around to score on Kaiden Shelton’s RBI single, tying the game 2-2.
After two quick outs, Nathan Phillips was hit by a pitch and advanced on a wild pitch. Rabel got a hit up the middle but Phillips was called out at home. , leaving Hollidaysburg scoreless in the third. Still tied 2-2. Kahn has six strikeouts.
2ND INNING: Brody Dull continues his dominance, getting three quick outs for Hollidaysburg. Aspen Anderson continues Hollidaysburg’s success and gets a single in the bottom of the second. Anderson was left stranded, leaving the score 2-0 Hollidaysburg after two.
1ST INNING: Top half goes quick, Hollidaysburg shuts down Pearland 1,2,3. Two walks and Braden Hatch’s RBI single put Hollidaysburg up 1-0. Then Beau Rabel singles to center field, putting the Tigers up 2-0. Pearland’s Corey Kahn recorded three strikeouts.
HOW THEY GOT THERE:
Hollidaysburg Little League
Hollidaysburg advanced to its first-ever Little League World Series by going 3-1 in the Mid-Atlantic region. Defeating Washington D.C. 7-3 in the first game, they fell to Delaware in game two 5-4. They bounced back though and defeated Washington D.C. 13-0 and got revenge against Delaware, winning 7-3 last Friday.
Hollidaysburg became the first team from Blair County to reach the Little League World Series tournament. With their win on Friday, Aug. 12, Hollidaysburg, won the sixth Mid-Atlantic Championship for Pennsylvania, tying them with New York state.
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Pearland Little League
Pearland went 4-0 to make it to the Little League World Series and win the Southwest Championship. They started by defeating Arkansas 14-2. They then narrowly beat Mississippi 6-4 before beating Texas West 19-0 in just four innings. They claimed the championship after defeating Oklahoma 9-4 on Tuesday, Aug. 9.
In that game, a now-viral video shows Pearland’s Kaiden Shelton lose control of the ball while pitching and hitting Isaiah Jarvis of Tulsa, Oklahoma in the helmet. After being helped up and cleared to continue playing, Jarvis did the unthinkable and went to the mound as Shelton began crying, upset about what had just happened. He told him “Hey, you’re doing great. Let’s go.” while hugging the young pitcher. The video then took off, turning a scary moment into an inspiring display of sportsmanship.