SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) - Reliever Haden Erbe got out of a bases-loaded jam with nobody out in the sixth and Lafayette, La., held on for a thrilling 2-0 victory over Warner Robins, Ga., on Thursday night in the Little League World Series.
Georgia broke through against Louisiana starter Ethan Hines, who struck out six before getting lifted in favor of Erbe. The 13-year-old right-hander got the final three outs for the save, including a Dillon Toms' comebacker to end the game between two favorites for the Little League crown.
Erbe arrived at the mound to get a short pep talk and a wink from manager Leland Padgett.
No sweat, his closer said.
"I was confident, I've been in that situation a few times and it's come out in a positive way," Erbe said.
Erbe also made a strong throw from the hole to outstretched first baseman Austin Primeaux with two outs and two runners on in the third to end another rally.
Erbe's night was all the more impressive given Georgia's penchant for comeback victories this year.
"Good job, (Padgett) made a change when we started to hit," manager Phillip Johnson said. "But they made a change and got us at the end."
Logan Arnett went 3 for 3 to lead Georgia, which couldn't start pitcher Jake Fromm after manager Phillip Johnson said his ace hurt his back in practice.
Fromm, 13, did start at first base and went 0 for 3.