SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pennsylvania -- Mason Van Noort highlighted a four-run rally in the sixth with a tiebreaking homer to help Pearland, Texas, beat Auburn, Wash., 7-5 Thursday to advance to the U.S. final of the Little League World Series.
Texas overcame an early 4-0 deficit with seven runs in the final three innings. They tied the game in the sixth off a single and RBI groundout before Van Noort sent a 3-2 pitch over the left-field hedges for a 6-5 lead.
The 12-year-old pitcher allowed the first two runners to reach base in the sixth, but centerfielder Matthew Bettencourt later threw a runner out at third and Van Noort got a strikeout to end the game
Texas moves on to play for the U.S. title Saturday against either Hawaii or Georgia, who were scheduled to play later Thursday.