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.
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Tennessee plays Endwell, N.Y., on Saturday.