Sunday, August 10, 2014

Pearland Little League East wins the 2014 Southwest Region Championship, Advancing to the Little League Baseball® World Series

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Texas East Champion, Pearland East's three first-inning runs built an early lead that helped bring home a 7-3 win over Louisiana State Champion, South Lake Charles LL on Wednesday, August 6, at Norcross Stadium in Waco, Texas at the George W. Bush Little League Southwestern Leadership Training Center.

This is the second time in the 68-year history of the Little League Baseball® World Series that a team from Pearland, Texas, has advance to South Williamsport, Pa. The team that came to the Little League Baseball World Series in 2010 had Don Smith as their coach, Mr. Smith will be returning to the World Series, this year he’s the team manager. In 2010, he coached his son, Hunter, while his son Presley plays on the team that is World Series-bound in 2014. Pearland East will be the 21st team from Texas to advance to the Little League Baseball World Series.

Pearland East scored in the first on a two-run double by Layne Roblyer and a bases loaded walk by Joshua Gabino.

Roblyer racked up two RBIs on one hit for the Southwest Region Champions.

Pearland couldn't get anything going so long as Payton Whitehead was on the hill. They managed just two hits off of Whitehead, who allowed no earned runs, walked none and struck out four during his two innings of work.

Matthew Adams got it done on the rubber on the way to a win. He allowed three runs over five innings. Adams struck out four, walked three and gave up five hits.

Andrew Guillory took the loss for Louisiana. He allowed seven runs in four innings, walked five and struck out three.

Three runs in the bottom of the fourth helped South Lake Charles LL close its deficit to 6-3. An RBI double by Mauri Miller, an RBI double by Aaron Young, and an RBI single by Chandler Ware sparked their rally. Chase Ardoin flew out to end the threat.

The Southwest Region Champions will face the New England Region Champions on Friday, Aug. 15, at 8 p.m. at Lamade Stadium, airing on ESPN. The New England Region Championship Game will be decided on August 9 in Bristol, Conn. All games at the Little League Baseball World Series will be broadcast on the ESPN family of networks, the Watch ESPN app or ABC.

The 68th Little League Baseball World Series begins on Thursday, Aug. 14 in South Williamsport, Pa., with the Championship Game scheduled for 3 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 24, airing on ABC. The World Series will culminate the year-long celebration of the 75th Anniversary of Little League. For more information on the Series and to follow the action live, visit To learn more about Little League’s 75th Anniversary, visit