The Red Land Little League team, which is representing Pennsylvania in the Mid-Atlantic Regional, was as advertised in its first regional game on Tuesday night.
Taking on the team from New York, Red Land's high-powered offense exploded en route to an 11-3 win at Breen Field in Bristol, Connecticut.
The York County team quickly dispatched any ideas of being nervous, jumping out to a 3-0 lead after the first inning. After going quietly in the second inning, a two-run third and then a four-run fourth put Red Land on top 9-0. With thoughts of a possible 10-run mercy rule coming into play, New York finally scratched across single runs in the final three innings. However, Red Land also added runs in the fifth and sixth to maintain its sizable advantage.
Red Land starting pitcher Cole Wagner threw three perfect innings, striking out five, before giving way to Jaden Henline in the fourth. Wagner also contributed in a big way offensively, finishing the game with two hits and three RBIs. Ethan Phillips had a team-high three hits and, as a team, Red Land launched four home runs and recorded 10 hits.
So far, in 14 games during a postseason run that could put the Red Land side in Williamsport for the Little League World Series, it's 14-0 and is now outscoring its opponents 219-11.
Red Land will next face the New Jersey team on Thursday at 4 p.m. With a win on Thursday, Red Land will advance to Sunday's championship game. With a loss, it'll have to go through the losers' bracket and play a game on Saturday. The New Jersey team beat Maryland on Tuesday, 7-4.
The winner of the Mid-Atlantic Region will qualify for the Little League World Series.