SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — Jacob Dahlstrom left his crutches behind to drive in two runs on four singles to help Sammamish win despite squandering a four-run lead.
Dahlstrom was cleared to play a day after being struck by a line drive on the outside of his right knee in a 9-7 loss to Westport, Conn., on Sunday.
“Last night, I tried to walk on it, and I was feeling pretty bad,” Dahlstrom said following the game. “I tried to walk this morning on it, and I was feeling pretty good.”
Sammamish manager Rob Chandler’s expectations regarding Dahlstrom’s injury improved on their way to have the knee examined earlier in the day.
“I saw him on crutches, and I said, ‘Maybe we should walk down the hill,’ ” Chandler said. “We walked down and he was fine.”
Dahlstrom drove in Sammamish’s second run in the first inning. He added an RBI single in a two-run sixth to build the lead to 6-2.
Sammamish, which advanced to face Nashville, Tenn., on Tuesday, needed the insurance.
With two out in Iowa’s final at-bat, Brook Heinen hit a two-run double to the wall in center, and then scored on a wild pitch. Reliever Will Armbruester, however, ended the game by striking out Grant Garwood.
Iowa (1-2) lost for the first time in 10 games this season when it faced elimination.
TENNESSEE 10, DELAWARE 0
Knox Preston’s head turned out to be fine. And so is the Nashville, Tenn., player’s swing.
A day after being cleared by Little League World Series doctors of any signs of a concussion, Preston played a big role in Nashville’s 10-0 rout of Newark, Del., in an elimination game Monday.
The second baseman singled and scored the first run during a six-run, second-inning rally. He then sealed it with a two-run homer in the bottom of the fourth that invoked the tournament’s 10-run mercy rule.
In International bracket elimination games, Taoyuan, Taiwan, rallied from a 3-0 deficit to pull out a 6-4 win over San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico. Taiwan advances to play Aguadulce, Panama, on Tuesday.
Panama advanced with a 12-0 win over Ottawa, Ontario.