Chase lifts Arizona past Staten Island on mound, at bat

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. -- Shaun Chase helped wake up Phoenix's offense at the right time. He also played a big role in sending Staten Island home winless.

Chase drove in two runs and tossed a two-hitter as the Arizona squad captured a 4-1 Pool A victory over the team from New York at the Little League World Series. Arizona didn't advance, however, because it lost to Georgia in its last game. Both teams finished pool play at 2-1, but Georgia advanced.

Entering its final game of pool play, Phoenix (2-1) had managed just two runs and three hits, including one of each in a 4-1 loss to Columbus, Ga., on Sunday.

Chase quickly ended those struggles with an RBI single in the first inning. He also smacked the first pitch from Frank Smith over the left-center field wall in the third for a 4-0 advantage.

On the mound, Chase struck out 10 and walked two to capture his second win of the tournament.

Justin Hyden also had two hits, including a two-run double in the second, for Phoenix, which awaits the result between Columbus (2-0) and Lemont, Ill. (1-1), later Tuesday to determine if it will advance to the next round.

Smith gave up four runs and six hits in 2 1/3 innings for Staten Island (0-3), which managed its lone run off a wild pitch in the fifth.