Zach McWilliams hit a grand slam in the fourth inning, RJ Moore struck out five in two relief innings and Goodlettsville, Tenn., beat Bowling Green, Ky., 8-4 on Thursday night for a spot in the U.S. championship game of the Little League Series.
McWilliams’ smash over the center-field wall gave Tennessee a 6-4 lead. Moore struck out the side in the fifth, and he struck out Devin Obee looking with two on in the sixth for the final out on a pitch that appeared to be way inside.
Ryan Oden added two RBI for Tennessee. His one-run double in the second pulled Tennessee to 2-1 and he scored on a wild pitch to tie it. His sacrifice fly to right scored Carson Rucker to make it 7-4 in the fourth.
Kentucky had runners on the corners with two outs in the bottom of the fourth but Tennessee catcher Tanner Jones threw out Obee trying to steal second.
Tennessee plays Endwell, N.Y., on Saturday.