WILLIAMSPORT, PA., AUG. 25 -- Bobby Shannon's two-run homer in the fifth inning gave Shippensburg, Pa., a 5-4 victory over Cypress, Calif., today, sending the winners into the championship game of the Little League World Series against Taiwan.
Taiwan routed Trail, British Columbia, 20-1.
Cypress bunted with a runner on third base in the sixth and last inning. Pitcher David Orndorff fielded the ball, looked the runner back, then got the out at first. Meantime, Eddie Zamora broke for home. First baseman Bobby Knox threw him out diving for the plate.
Orndorff, the winner, struck out eight and drove in two runs.
In the fifth, Shannon hit the first pitch over the left field fence, scoring Orndorff, who had outrun a two-out bouncer to the shortstop to drive in Jimmy Smith, who had reached base and advanced on errors.
The last Pennsylvania team to make it to the final was Edgemont, which lost, 4-1, to Tokyo in 1967.
Shippensburg took a 5-3 lead into the bottom of the fifth. Cypress' Kerrie Cordero homered to center to bring the U.S. West champions within one run.
Shippensburg will play the San-Hua Little League of Taipei on Sunday. Four days of rain moved the title game from its Saturday afternoon time slot for the first time in the tournament's 44 years.
Taiwan scored four runs in the top of the first inning. Trail came back with a run in the bottom of the inning. It was the first run Taiwan had given up in nine games over a month.