Australia, Kentucky victorious on Day 2 of LLWS
Asia-Pacific, Rhode Island also notch wins
Four teams faced elimination on Saturday, with the eight teams who lost on Friday scheduled for four win-or-go-home games. The day began with a power surge from the team from down under and will continue until Rhode Island and Missouri cap off the four-game slate at 8 p.m. ET.
The eight winning teams from Friday each earned an off-day before returning to action on Sunday.
Dominican Republic 0
Australia put the game out of reach in the sixth inning, courtesy of back-to-back homers from the duo of Jake Burns and Blake Cavill, who also had a run-scoring single in the first. This was just Australia's second-ever victory at the LLWS in eight games.
In addition to his contributions at the plate, Burns dominated the Dominican Republic's lineup from the mound. He allowed just one hit in 4 1/3 scoreless innings with a pair of walks and eight strikeouts.
Great Lakes (Kentucky) 7
Northwest (Oregon) 5
An offensive outburst by Kentucky was highlighted by a four-run bottom of the fifth inning, including a three-run home run by Devin Obee, who had two hits to go along with his three RBIs. Oregon mounted a charge late with a five-run sixth inning before Kentucky closer Carson Myers secured the final two outs for the save.
Kentucky's starter Carson Kelley was cruising along until he ran into trouble that knocked him out of the game in the sixth inning. Still, he turned in a strong performance, fanning five of the first six batters he faced, finishing with nine strikeouts overall and lasting 5 1/3 innings.
It was all Asia-Pacific in this one, as they got off to a quick 9-0 lead in the first inning. The team homered four times and totaled 16 runs on 14 hits in the four-inning, mercy-rule-shortened rout.
Wei Hung Chou fueled Asia-Pacific's offensive explosion, batting 3-for-3 with two homers, six RBIs, a walk and three runs scored. Yen Cheng Yu and Hao En Chen also kept the lineup moving with home runs of their own.
Rhode Island 6
Rhode Island jumped out to an early five-run lead it would never relinquish en route to a 6-3 victory over Missouri in the elimination game. The team employed a balanced attack to outlast the Show Me State, with every starter recording a hit and five different players driving in a run.
Cam Adamec led the way for Rhode Island, batting 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored. Jason Patalano also drove in a pair of runs with a 1-for-2 night. For Missouri, Cole Gayman allowed just one run and one walk in 2 1/3 innings of work, striking out three.
The eight winning teams from Friday return to action on Sunday in Williamsport. The four-game slate begins at 11 a.m. ET with Uganda vs. Venezuela, followed by Texas and California at 3 p.m. ET. Mexico and Japan will face off at 5 p.m. ET, while South Carolina vs. Pennsylvania closes out the night at 7 p.m. ET.
Saturday's winners -- Asia-Pacific and Rhode Island -- have an off-day on Sunday before resuming play on Monday evening.