Mo’ne Davis struck out six but the Taney Dragons fell to a team from Las Vegas, 8-1, in the third round of the Little League World Series. Taney will play Thursday at 7:30 p.m. for a chance to face the Vegas team again in the United States championship on Saturday.
Mountain Ridge, the team from Vegas, was an offensive powerhouse: It scored 15 runs in its first two Little League World Series games. Davis went 2.1 innings and allowed 3 runs. Six of her seven outs came via strikeout.
Davis gave up a single and a triple to open the game. Taney almost got a run back in the top of the first, but a great jumping catch by Las Vegas’ Alex Barker with two outs ended the inning. Dallan Cave then hit a two-run homer in the top of the second to give Las Vegas a 3-0 lead.
Taney got a run back in the top of the fourth and loaded the bases with no outs, but the Dragons weren’t able to get any more hits in the inning. Taney had first and third with no outs in the fifth as well, but didn’t plate any runs.
The game was close until Taney gave up five runs in the top of the sixth and final inning.
Though the Dragons lost, they will play the Jackie Robinson West team from Chicago Thursday, with the winner playing Mountain Ridge on Saturday in the U.S. Championship.
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