Lufkin powers past Michigan in Little League World Series opener


SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. - Lufkin's Hunter Ditsworth struck out eight and Collin Ross delivered two of Lufkin's four home runs in a 5-1 win over Michigan Thursday in their opener at the Little League World Series.

Lufkin, which is representing the Southwest Region, led 5-0 after three innings over Grosse Point, Michigan, which is represents the Great Lakes.

Ditsworth surrendered one earned run in six innings. He also doubled and smacked a home run to finish with two RBIs in the victory. Both of Ross' bombs were solo shots and Clayton Wigley also dialed a long distance solo homer as Lufkin went back-to-back-to-back in the third inning.

Lufkin will next face Fairfield, Connecticut at 10 am. Sunday, which will be aired live on ESPN. The New England representative edged past Mid-Atlantic's Jackson, New Jersey 7-6 in their game on Thursday.

After a scoreless first inning, Ross put Lufkin on the board with a blast to center field off Michigan pitcher Jack Jones.

Lufkin increased its lead to 5-0 in the third thanks to three home runs, all with two outs. Chandler Spencer delivered a one-out single to center field and went to second on a groundout. This brought Ditsworth to the plate. After fouling the first pitch from Jones, he launched a two-run homer over the left-field fence for a 3-0 lead.

Ross followed with another homer to left. Wigley then worked a 2-2 count before he also went long distance to left field.

This gave Lufkin a 5-0 lead, which proved to be more than enough for Ditsworth.

The Lufkin pitcher gave up a solo homer to Michigan's Will Pflaum in the sixth, which ended his shutouts, but he rebounded to retire the next three batters and finish off the win.



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