While a high-scoring offense has been the forte for Lafayette’s Little League team this season, it was pitching and defense that led the way on Thursday.
Coming off a 2-0 win over Warner Robins, Ga., in its Little League World Series opener, Lafayette tries to stay in the winners bracket when it takes on Billings, Mont., at 1 p.m. Sunday in South Williamsport, Pa.
The game, one of four on the day, will be televised by ABC.
Lafayette, the Southwest champion, scored 58 runs in winning five games in the regional, with 10 home runs and a .647 slugging percentage.
On Thursday, left-hander Ethan Hines pitched five dominant innings before leaving with the bases loaded and no outs in the sixth. That’s when right-hander Haden Erbe came in and got Lafayette out of the jam to preserve the shutout.
Erbe, who got the save in Thursday’s game, will be available to start Sunday’s game.
Meanwhile, Lafayette’s defense was nearly flawless against a hard-hitting Warner Robins team.
On Sunday, Lafayette plays Billings, Mont., a 6-4 winner over Rapid City, S.D. It’s the first trip to the LLWS for a team from Montana.