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Pearland West Advances In Little League World Series

The championship of the Little League World Series will be decided this weekend. Pearland West will play undefeated Lewis, Pennsylvania, tomorrow for the U.S. championship game.

Pearland West hit a pair of homers in the bottom of the eighth inning for a 9-7 victory over Bonita, California, last night. Zack Mack had a grand slam and an RBI single for Pearland West, which hit four homers in all. Tomorrow, they play undefeated Lewisberry, Pennsylvania, for the U.S. championship.

The Little League World Series is played in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. Lewisberry brings a large hometown crowd.

“Rooting for Pennsylvania, as they should be,” said Andrew Solomon, Pearland West’s manager . “I don’t really think it affected our kids — they’re really a focused group. They haven’t really been bothered by the stage yet, and so I don’t think it really bothered them, but it’s obviously not easy to play before 35,000 people and 34,900 are rooting for Pennsylvania.”

Saturday’s winner will face the international bracket champion on Sunday for the World Series title.

Solomon said his team will be ready.

“Haven’t talked to our my coaches yet,” Solomon said. “We’ll probably stick to our routine, which is we practice a lot, we work ’em pretty hard. We’ll come out ready to play. Tomorrow night we’ll probably in the morning, hit before the game and it’ll be fun.”

The first Little League World Series was in 1947 between two Pennsylvania teams. In the 68 years since, the tournament has stayed in the Williamsport area, but it has grown into a global event with thousands of leagues involved in qualifying.

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