Rhode Island’s Coventry Little League team defeated Pittsfield, Mass., 3-2, in Bristol, Conn., on Sunday, securing the New England Region crown and a trip to Williamsport, Pa., for the Little League Baseball World Series.
The winning pitcher was righthander Logan Lama, who went 4⅔ innings, giving up two runs and recording six strikeouts.
Jake Mather, who finished the day 3 for 3, hit the go-ahead home run in the top of the fifth inning.
Coventry closer Anthony Colucci recorded the last five outs.
“I’m very proud of the boys,’’ said Coventry manager Lou Simon. “They played their hearts out to the very last out.’’
Coventry’s first LLWS game is scheduled for Thursday against Houston, the Southwest Regional champ.
Pittsfield starter Evan Blake also pitched five innings, giving up three runs and striking out eight.
Coventry was the first to score in the top of the third, in a three-hit inning as runs scored on an RBI single and a wild pitch.
Pittsfield tied the game in the bottom of the third inning, as Lama walked in two runs after giving up a single to the leadoff hitter. Lama struck out two consecutive batters to escape a one-out, bases-loaded jam in the inning.
“I wasn’t really that nervous,’’ said Lama when recalling that third inning. “I knew that if I came out and threw strikes, I’d be able to do my job.’’