Jude Abbadessa was 5 for 5 with six RBI to lead Endwell, N.Y., past Bowling Green, Ky., 13-10 on Wednesday night for a place in the U.S. championship game of the Little League World Series.
Abbadessa hit a two-run homer to center field to give New York a 4-3 lead in the second inning. Conner Rush walked with two outs, got to second and third on wild pitches, and scored on Jack Hopko's single for a 5-3 lead.
New York put runners on first and third with two outs in the third to chase Kentucky starter Devin Obee. On the second pitch from the reliever, Abbadessa had a RBI double to left field for a 6-4 lead and scored on Rush's bases-loaded, two-run single.
Abbadessa sent a two-out, two-run double down the left-field line in the fourth to give New York a 10-8 lead.
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New York had runners on the corners with two outs in the fifth when Jordan Owens hit it off the glove of the pitcher to score Hopko. Michael Mancini sent the next pitch to center, driving in Jayden Fanara from second for a 12-10 lead. Two pitches later, Abbadessa had an infield single to score Owens.
Kentucky faces Tennessee in an elimination game on Thursday. A victory would send the Bowling Green team to the U.S. championship game on Saturday for a rematch with New York.