South Nashville holds on for win over Canada in LLWS consolation game

Sam Slaughter hit a pair of three-run home runs that provided a large enough cushion for South Nashville to withstand South Vancouver’s sixth-inning rally Tuesday in a dramatic 12-9 consolation contest victory at the Little League World Series.

South Vancouver scored five runs in the sixth and had the bases loaded before Tyler Finley got the strikeout that ended it.

Slaughter’s first home run made it 3-1 in the bottom of the first and put South Nashville ahead to stay. His second put the game out of reach – barely – when it pushed the lead to 11-4.

He finished the day 2-2 with two walks, three runs scored and six RBIs. In three LLWS games South Nashville’s catcher hit .571 (4-for-7) with four home runs and eight RBIs.

Robert Hassell added three hits, including a double, and Blake Money had two hits, including a fifth-inning home run that followed Slaughter’s, and had two RBIs.

South Nashville scored in four of the five innings and out-hit South Vancouver 12-11.

Drew Byers was the winning pitcher. He allowed two runs on five hits in three innings and turned it over to his teammates. Four others combined to get the last nine outs capped by Finley’s strikeout.