Sweetwater Valley advances to Little League World Series semifinals

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BONITA, Calif. — The Sweetwater Valley all-star team won 11-3 in the Little League World Series Tuesday in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

Sweetwater Valley faced the team representing Kentucky’s Bowling Green Eastern Little League in its elimination game.

The win moved the team within one victory of advancing to Saturday’s U.S. championship game. The team will play Thursday at 5 p.m. PDT.

Bonita-based Sweetwater Valley defeated Bowling Green Eastern, the Great Lakes Region champion, 14-2, on Friday in a game called in the top of the fourth inning because of the 10-run rule.

Sweetwater Valley was forced into an elimination game because of Sunday's 8-4 loss to the all-star team from Texas' Pearland West Little League, Sweetwater Valley's first loss after winning its first 17 games in five tournaments this summer.