Eastlake Little League falls short, 9-7, to Westport, Conn.

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SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Penn. - The Eastlake Little League team from Sammamish representing the Northwest in the Little League World Series lost 9-7 Sunday to Westport, Conn.

This was Eastlake’s second game in the series.

Westport sent 12 batters to the plate in the second inning. In the inning, Eastlake starting pitcher Jacob Dahlstrom was struck on the side of his right knee with a line drive hit by Tatin Llamas and did not return to the game.

Westport's Max Popken also was struck in the leg by a line drive while running the bases in the fifth inning and did not return.

Westport scored seven runs on six hits after Dahlstrom's second-inning departure. Charlie Roof, Max Popken, Chad Knight and Azadian had run-scoring hits during against three Eastlake pitchers.

Eastlake  rallied after Azadian was pulled by scoring twice in the fourth and four times more in the fifth. Westport relief pitcher Alex Reiner stopped a sixth-inning Eastlake rally with a strikeout to end the game.

The team will play in an elimination game Monday at 5 p.m. PDT against a team from Iowa.

Back home in Sammamish, a local crowd gathered at the Teen Center to watch the Eastlake Little League All Stars play.

“They came back from a 9-1 deficit, I believe, and almost came back and got it,” said fan Chris Lathwell.