Red Land rolls to dominating win in Little League World Series opener
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT — Cole Wagner had two homers, a double and a single and drove in six runs in four at-bats and nearby Red Land, Pennsylvania, routed Webb City, Missouri, 18-0 in four innings Friday night in the Little League World Series.
Wagner hit a grand slam and a two-run home run during an eight-run third inning and Pennsylvania scored 18 runs in the two middle innings. Pennsylvania finished with 16 hits and gave its fans from Lewisberry, a two-hour drive from Williamsport, plenty to cheer.
The Mid-Atlantic champions scored 10 runs in the second inning, highlighted by Kaden Peifer's three-run home run that made it 4-0. Pennsylvania had nine hits in the inning, the first seven reached base and five straight had hits at one point. Chayton Krauss, Jake Cubbler and Adam Cramer all were 2 for 2 in the inning.
Pennsylvania added eight runs in the third inning that started with Wagner hitting a mammoth home run to dead center field. His grand slam traveled even farther, nearly reaching the top of the hill beyond the center field wall.
All 13 Pennsylvania players reached base at least once and winning pitcher Jaden Henline threw 2 1-3 innings of one-hit ball.
Pennsylvania improved to 17-0 this summer and has outscored its opponents 259-13. Pennsylvania plays Sunday in the winners' bracket semifinals against South Carolina.
Cale McCallister and Blake Smith singled for Missouri. It will face Rhode Island on Saturday.