Needville Little League advances to face California after earning 2nd World Series win a row

Next for Needville: El Segundo, California, on Monday. This game airs at 6 p.m. CT on ABC13 sister network ESPN 2.

ByMatt Guillermo KTRK logo
Saturday, August 19, 2023
Needville Little League begins march toward world championship
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The Needville Little League is set to compete in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, as the Southwest Region team in the World Series Wednesday night.

WILLIAMSPORT, Pennsylvania (KTRK) -- Needville showed the Little League World Series that heads-up baserunning is their bread and butter.

The team from Texas claimed victory, 6-2, against Fargo, North Dakota, on Friday night, despite registering just two hits.

Fargo, which made its official LLWS debut in Friday's game, couldn't overcome early jitters, with a Needville second inning that included back-to-back walks, a hit-by-pitch, a bases-loaded walk, and a steal of home for the 2-0 lead.

Needville's starting pitcher, Easton Ondruch, would allow North Dakota to score two runs in the next half-inning, thanks to a two-run RBI single.

Needville's money inning was the fourth, when passed balls in back-to-back plate appearances brought a run in each, pulling Texas ahead, 4-2. Then, with two baserunners on, Cade Hammons doubled to deep left to drive in two more runs, extending the lead, 6-2.

The kids from Fort Bend County have won six games in a row, dating back to the start of the Southwest Regional tournament. Texas next faces El Segundo, California, on Monday night at 6 p.m. This game airs on ABC13 sister network ESPN 2.

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Needville, Texas' DJ Jablonski delivers during the first inning of the team's baseball game against Media, Pa. at the Little League World Series on Aug. 16, 2023.
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