Sweetwater faces Kentucky in Little League World Series rematch

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BONITA, Calif. — The Sweetwater Valley all-star team will play another must-win game in the Little League World Series Tuesday in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

Sweetwater Valley will face the team representing Kentucky’s Bowling Green Eastern Little League in an elimination game. The winner will move within one victory of advancing to Saturday’s U.S. championship game, while the loser will be eliminated.

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.

The game will be televised by ESPN2 beginning at 5 p.m. PDT.

Sweetwater Valley, the West Region champion, avoided elimination Monday with a 10-3 victory over the team representing Rhode Island’s Cranston Western Little League.

Jacob Baptista hit a grand slam during a six-run third inning enabling Sweetwater Valley to overcome a 2-0 deficit. Nate Nankil and Walker Lannom had RBI singles preceding Baptista’s grand slam.

Nankil hit a two-run homer in the sixth and final inning, followed by Lannom’s homer. Dante Schmid homered one out later for Sweetwater Valley’s final run.

Caleb Harris homered to lead off the bottom of the first for Cranston Western, the New England Region champion.

David Marchetti, the No. 2 batter in the lineup, singled, moved to second on a wild pitch, advanced to third on an error and scored on Cam Adamec’s single.

Marchetti homered in the third.

Levi Mendez pitched a complete game for Sweetwater Valley, striking out 11 and not walking a batter in six innings. He allowed three runs (two earned) and four hits.

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.

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