Grant Garwood struck out 13 and allowed one hit as Urbandale, Iowa avoided a final-inning meltdown to eke out a 6-5 win over Grosse Pointe, Michigan in a Little League World Series elimination game Saturday night at South Williamsport, Pennsylvania.
Alex Augustine gave up a two-run single to Ryan Duffy and a three-run home run to Thomas Maxey before striking out Louis Cardinale to end the game. Garwood reached his 85-pitch limit and had to be pulled with Urbandale ahead 6-0.
Brook Heinen hit a three-run home run for Iowa (1-1) in the fourth inning. Brady Roberts drove in two runs and Carter Troncin hit a solo shot in the fifth.
It was a near dramatic comeback for Grosse Pointe (0-2), which had not managed a hit in the tournament until Maxey opened the fifth inning with a double. The Great Lakes champions were no-hit in a 3-0, seven-inning loss to Chula Vista, California on Friday.