CHICAGO — Jackie Robinson West's Little League World Series dream continued as the Chicago squad avoided elimination for the second straight night with a 6-1 victory over Pearland, Texas, on Tuesday at historic Lamade Stadium in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania.
The Morgan Park-based club is one of three United States teams in contention for the title. Jackie Robinson West's next game will be 6:30 p.m. Thursday on ESPN against the loser of Wednesday's highly anticipated Philadelphia-Las Vegas matchup. The winner of Thursday's game will earn a spot in Saturday's U.S. Championship game.
Jackie Robinson West is known for its powerful lineup, but pitching from starter Joshua Houston and timely defense — including a pair of double plays — carried the South Side 11- and 12-year-olds Tuesday.
"The courage to persevere and the hard work displayed by Jackie Robinson West and coach Darold Butler tonight and throughout this Series exemplifies the very best of what we hope from and for our children," Mayor Rahm Emanuel said in a statement.
"In every neighborhood across Chicago tonight, people are coming together to cheer on this team because of their spirit, their positive attitude and their success on the field. I can't wait to root on our All Stars when they take the field again on Thursday," the mayor said.
In the first inning, Marquis Jackson's single drove in Pierce Jones for the game's opening run. Jackson then scored on a Darion Radcliff single and throwing error for a 2-0 lead. Houston's groundout plated Radcliff from third as Jackie Robinson West grabbed a 3-0 advantage.
Pearland got a run in the third, but Jackie Robinson West answered in the fourth on a fielder's choice from Radliff that scored Trey Hondras and a two-run double from Houston for a 6-1 lead.
Houston went five innings, allowing four hits, for the win.
Jackie Robinson West (3-1) also avoided elimination with a triumph Monday against Cumberland, Rhode Island.
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