SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — After nearly giving their fans coronaries due to falling behind because of rocky pitching by Joshua Houston, the star pitcher rebounded to pitch five innings and then drove in the tying run with a line single in the fifth to lead the all-black baseball team Jackie Robinson West (Illinois) to a thrilling, come-from-behind victory over Nevada 7-5 on Saturday in the U.S. final at the Little League World Series.
The Great Lakes Region champions from Jackie Robinson West earned the right to meet South Korea in Sunday’s Little League world championship game.
Trailing 3-0 after the first and 5-4 heading into the home half of the fifth, Chicago scored three times to win it. Houston’s single tied it after two walks, with runs also scoring on a fielder’s choice and an error.
Ed Howard then came on to close it out for Jackie Robinson West, a member of the Urban Initiative which supports Little League programs in underprivileged urban areas.
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