WILLIAMSPORT, PA., AUG. 27 -- Aron Garcia hit a three-run home run to cap a six-run second inning as Irvine, Calif., defeated Chesterfield, Ind., 8-1, today to earn a spot in the Little League World Series championship game.
Irvine, the Western U.S. champion, will meet the winner of the Taiwan-Dominican Republic game suspended tonight after the seventh inning because of darkness. The teams will resume play at 10 a.m. Friday. Taiwanese teams have won six of the last 10 World Series.
Ryan Jones led off Irvine's second with a double to left field. A walk, two hit batters, an error and a fielder's choice brought three runs across. Garcia hit an opposite field home run down the left field line.
Irvine, a suburb of Los Angeles, added two runs in the fifth.
Chesterfield, a town 45 miles northeast of Indianapolis, got its only run in the sixth inning when David Cook doubled and came scored on a fielder's choice.
In the second game, Wang Chih-Kwou threw a two-hitter for Hua Lian, Taiwan, and Nelson Baez of Moca, Dominican Republic, shut out the Taiwanese until darkness forced a suspension in the scoreless game after seven innings.