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Pearland tosses shutout, advances to Little League World Series rematch vs. Pennsylvania

Wednesday night is a rematch against Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania, with a win required to stay alive in the tournament.

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Pearland, Texas’ Manny Castillo slides safely into third with a triple off Davenport, Iowa’s Greyson Ballinger during the sixth inning of a baseball game at the Little League World Series in South Williamsport, Pa., Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2022. Texas won 4-0.

The Pearland All-Stars will have a rematch against the Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania team on Wednesday night in the Little League World Series.

But first the team had to get through Davenport, Iowa in a win or go home, primetime matchup on Tuesday night.

"We felt what losing was like," explained Pearland player Manny Castillo after losing to Hawaii. "None of us wanted to go through that again. We were all kind of on edge because if we lose one more game then we are out. So, we have to play good and stay focused. If we do that, we have a good chance."

With that mindset the All-Stars came ready to play. In top of the third, with two outs, Kaiden Shelton blasted a ball into deep centerfield. ESPN's play-by-play caller Karl Ravech called it the longest home-run he's seen this year during the LLWS.

In the top of the fourth, Southwest's Landon Karel extended the lead to 2-0 by scoring on a wild pitch by Midwest's Greyson Ballinger. Ethan Richardson added a single of his own, scoring Manny Castillo who finished the game with two hits.

"It motivated us to keep on going and get more hits, score more runs," Castillo said of the teams hitting performance. "We do that and get more motivated, we are able to get through the competition."

The team went on to win 4-0 in a shutout.

Now it’s a quick turnaround to once again take on Mid-Atlantic. It’s a win or go home game for both teams. Pennsylvania hasn’t lost since it fell to Pearland last Thursday in a LLWS opener. Hollidaysburg is only about 100 miles from Williamsport, so thousands of fans are expected to be on hand this evening.

"There's going to be a lot of people here," Pearland Manager Aaron Cummings said. "From my perspective I'm glad we got that first game out the way. Pennsylvania is a good team; it shouldn't shock us because we know what to expect."

Castillo agreed.

"They've seen our pitching and we've seen their pitching too," Castillo explained. "So, we just have to hit perform and do our best, stay focus and stay confident."

First pitch in the elimination bracket game is set for 6 p.m. Wednesday.

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