SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, PA. — Left-hander Quinton Gago scattered two hits over 5¹⁄³ innings as Petaluma National remained alive in the U.S. bracket of the Little League World Series by beating Fairfield, Conn., 5-0 in Tuesday.
Shortstop Hance Smith hit a three-run homer for Petaluma, which advances to face the loser of today’s game between unbeatens San Antonio and Goodlettsville, Tenn. Petaluma would have to win Thursday’s 5 p.m. semifinal game to advance to Saturday’s 12:30 p.m. U.S. championship game.
Gago, who had pitched just four innings in three appearances in the West Regional and World Series, struck out seven and walked two before reaching the pitch limit. Andrew White finished the shutout, allowing one hit in two-thirds of an inning.
Petluma scored once in the second inning and Hance drilled his three-run shot in the third inning. Gago drove in the final run with a single in the fifth inning.
Fairfield’s best chance to score came in the top of the second. A single and an error put runners on first and second to start the inning, but Petlauma third baseman Cole Tomei charged a bunt and started a 5-6-4 double play. Gago struck out the next batter, stranding the runner at third. — Staff report