A strong hitting and pitching performance from Zack Reynolds went for naught, as Bend Little League, the Northwest Champion, fell 3-2 to Goodletsville Baseball Little League representing the Southeast Region in the final regulation inning, in the final game, on the first day of the 2016 Little League Baseball World Series.
The Northwest Region was ahead until the sixth inning, but the Southeast champs would not be denied, taking the lead back and scoring the win on the strength of a two-run double by Robert Carroll. A line drive off of Carroll's bat sailed over the head of Northwest Region right fielder Bowen Nelson, plating the tying and winning runs.
Reynolds handled Southeast's lineup with ease, racking up seven strikeouts. Reynolds allowed three earned runs on five hits and no walks over 5 1/3 innings. Reynolds racked up two RBIs on two hits, tripling in the third inning and wrapping a base hit in the sixth inning.
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Tanner Jones had a hot bat for Southeast. Jones went 2-for-3, drove in one and scored two runs. He homered in the third inning and singled in the sixth inning.
Zach McWilliams struck out nine hitters en route to the Southeast win. McWilliams allowed two earned runs, two hits and one walk over six innings.
Northwest jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the top of the third. A triple by Reynolds, bringing home Joe Schutz and Julian Mora started the inning off.
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