SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pennsylvania-- Ezra Heleski struck out six, and Kahoea Akau had three hits to lead Hawaii to a 10-0 victory over Texas on Saturday to advance to the Little League World Series title game.
Noah Shackles added a two-run homer to cap a four-run first as the team from Waipahu, Hawaii, took control early against a Pearland, Texas, squad that had hit a tournament-leading eight homers coming into the game.
The 12-year-old Heleski kept them off the scoreboard. He allowed just two hits to help Waipahu win the U.S. crown.
Hawaii, seeking its second Little League title in three years, will face Japan for the championship on Sunday.