SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. -- Call them the comeback kids.
Andrew Stevenson reached base on a bunt single with two outs in
the bottom of the sixth inning, then scored from third on a
throwing error to help Lafayette, La., overcome a seven-run deficit
in a 9-8 victory over Owensboro (Ky.) Southern on Sunday in the Little League World Series.
On Saturday against Westbrook, Maine, Lafayette (2-0) scored
three times in the sixth to overcome a 2-0 deficit and win 3-2.
Connor Toups, one of the smallest players on Lafayette at 4-foot-10
and 78 pounds, drove in the winning run in the sixth.
Lafayette manager Mike Conrad said he called for Stevenson to
bunt to take advantage of his speed.
"Today I told him to just get set, make sure the ball is down
and then take off," Conrad said.
Stevenson then advanced to third and scored on a throwing error
after teammate Andreas Duplantis hit a grounder to short. Stevenson
also had two hits.
"He may be the fastest player up here," Conrad said.
Owensboro (0-2), the Great Lakes region winner, raced out to an
8-1 lead by the bottom of the third inning on Dalton West's two-run
homer down the left-field line and Luke Daugherty's three-run shot.
Lafayette, the Southwest champion, took over from there. Down
8-4 in the fifth, Lafayette tied the game on Alex Miller's single.