WESTFIELD, Ind. — Webb City Little League defied elimination and punched its Midwest Region semifinal ticket with a 6-3 extra innings victory Wednesday over Fargo.
Webb City plays either Coon Rapids Andover (Minnesota) or Johnston (Iowa) in the semifinals at 10 a.m. Friday. The semifinal winner advances to the final Saturday for a spot in the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.
Webb City lost its opening game 2-1 against Johnston and won three straight contests to reach the semifinals, with a 3-1 victory over Pittsburg (Kansas) and a 5-2 victory over Canyon Lake (South Dakota) preceding Fargo.
In the 6-3 victory over Fargo, Webb City scored four runs in the seventh after Fargo pushed across two in the sixth for a tie score.
Webb City scored six runs on eight hits and three errors, while Fargo managed three runs on eight hits and four Webb City errors.
Cohen Epler led Webb City with three hits, while Andrew Young scored two runs and Derrick Wagner added two runs scored, a triple, and two RBI.
Epler earned the victory in relief and he allowed one run (not earned) on three hits with three strikeouts and no walks over two innings. Luke Beverlin took a no-decision and he allowed no runs on five hits with eight strikeouts and two walks over the first 4 1/3 innings.
In the 5-2 victory Tuesday, Webb City jumped out big with four in the first and built a 5-1 lead after two innings en route to victory.
Beverlin led Webb City with three hits and two RBI, highlighted by a double, and Brock Renfro also doubled. Drew Woodmansee added one hit and two RBI.
Young earned the victory on the mound and he allowed two runs (one earned) on seven hits with four strikeouts and no walks over four innings. Beverlin earned the save with a scoreless sixth and picked up a strikeout.
In their first elimination staver, Webb City pushed across one in the second and two in the third and limited Pittsburg to only a single run in the fourth.
Every pitcher gave strong efforts — Webb City’s Landon Fletcher threw a two-hitter and Pittsburg’s Carsen Nickelson and Noah Duncan allowed four hits.
Fletcher earned the victory and he allowed one run (earned) on two hits with six strikeouts and one walk over six innings.
Nickelson took the loss and he allowed three runs (two earned) on four hits with five strikeouts and one walk over four innings.
Young led Webb City with a pair of hits and one RBI.