Pearland falls to Hawaii in U.S. championship

Waipahu, Hawaii's Ezra Heleski, left, scores the game-winning run on a wild pitch as Pearland, Texas pitcher Jaron Roblyer tags with an empty glove in the fifth inning of the United States Championship baseball game at the Little League World Series, Saturday, Aug. 28, 2010, in South Williamsport, Pa. Hawaii won 10-0. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

August 28, 2010 9:01:24 PM PDT
Pearland's quest for a title in the Little League World Series has come to an end as the local sluggers fell in the U.S. championship game to Hawaii The Hawaiian team got on the board early against Pearland Pitcher Beau Orlando, tallying four runs in the first, highlighted by a two-run blast by Noah Shackles, and three more in the third.

The team from Hawaii added three more runs in the bottom of the fifth inning, making the score 10-0, as the 10-run rule came into effect.

The Pearland offense, which had been so strong during the Little League World Series, was silenced by Hawaii pitcher Ezra Heleski all afternoon. Pearland could just muster two hits in the U.S. title game, as Heleski struck out six in a complete-game shutout.

Pearland will play Chinese Taipei tomorrow in a consolation game. That will be at 10am central time. Following that will be the Little League World Series championship game between Japan and Hawaii.


ABC13 reporter Jeff Ehling is in Williamsport so be sure to tune in to Eyewitness News at 6pm and 10pm for a complete recap, highlights and post-game reaction.