SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. -- Jude Abbadessa was 5-for-5 with six RBIs to lead Endwell, New York, past Bowling Green, Kentucky, 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 and got to second and third on wild pitches, and he 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 an 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.
New York had runners on the corners with two outs in the fifth when Jordan Owens hit a ball 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.
Tennessee 14, Iowa 3
RJ Moore hit a go-ahead three-run homer in a six-run fourth inning and Goodlettsville, Tennessee, beat Johnston, Iowa, in five innings in an elimination game.
After Moore's shot over the center-field wall, Tennessee loaded the bases. Zach McWilliams then hit a bloop double to score two, and Tyler Jones scored from first after an error for a 7-3 lead. The bases were full again in the fifth for Tennessee.
With no outs and the infield in, Brock Duffer rolled a ball through the hole on the left side to score two, and Ryan Oden crossed home on an error to make it 10-3. Duffer scored on a fielder's choice. Tyler Jones drove in Tanner Jones from second for a 12-3 lead, and Robert Carroll sent one up the middle to score two more.
Kaiden Dinh put Iowa in front 3-1 with a three-run homer in the third.
Panama 3, South Korea 2
Esmith Pineda smashed a go-ahead three-run homer in the fifth inning, and Panama beat South Korea for a spot in the international championship game.
Tomas Sarmiento and Carlos Gonzalez both reached on walks to set the table for Pineda's shot to deep center field to give the team from Aguadulce a 3-2 lead.
Seum Kwon led off the top of the sixth by laying down a successful bunt. It was South Korea's first hit of the game. He advanced to second on passed ball and went to third on a wild pitch with two outs, but Youbin Choi grounded out to the shortstop.
It was the first loss for South Korea in 14 LLWS games. The club from Seoul will face Mexico in an elimination game on Thursday.
South Korea scored two runs in the fourth without the benefit of a hit. Jungtaek Ru walked to lead off the inning and had a heads-up play to reach second while the Panama catcher was distracted. He scored on a throwing error to first base, and Choi's sacrifice fly scored Kwon for a 2-0 lead.
Mexico 10, Australia 0
Jose Angel Leal struck out 10 of 11 batters in 3⅔ innings, and Mexico eased past Australia 10-0 in four innings in an elimination game.
Angel Leal threw 51 pitches and only allowed one hit on Clayton Campbell's single in the first inning.
The first three Mexico batters reached base in the first, and the club from San Nicolas took a 2-0 lead when Patricio Juarez and Gael Isaac Cortez scored on wild pitches. Mexico scored six runs in the third inning.
Angel Leal hit a solo home run on the second pitch of the inning for a 3-0 lead.
Mexico loaded the bases with no outs, and pinch-hitter Diego Cantu lifted a shot over the center fielder to score two. Fabian Alejandro Mar also had a two-run double to make it 7-0, and he scored on a passed ball. Victor Juarez hit a two-run home run deep over the left-center wall in the fourth for Mexico's fifth homer of the LLWS.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.