Cody Thomson pitched a one-hitter and had an RBI single to lead Conejo Valley of Thousand Oaks, Calif., to a 4-0 victory over Lamar National of Richmond, Tex., in the U.S. championship game of the Little League World Series last night in South Williamsport, Pa.
California (5-0) advanced to tonight's series championship against Pabao Little League of Willemstad, Curacao. Curacao (5-0) beat Linda Vista Little League of Guadalupe, Mexico, 4-0, in yesterday's international championship.
With a 72-mph fastball and a deceptive curveball, Thomson shut down a Texas team that came in batting .440, with six players at .500 or better, and had scored a series-best 51 runs in four games. Thomson struck out 12 on the way to his second win in the series.
Texas (4-1) almost scored in the second inning, twice getting runners to second base before Dustin Moehlig hit into a double play to end the inning. Texas had a runner at second again in the fourth, but Thomson struck out three of the next four batters.
Thomson's RBI single in the second, a chopper up the middle, scored the game's first run. He then scored on Hayden Cronenbold's RBI single to center field for a 2-0 lead.
Danny Leon singled to lead off the third and later scored on Jordan Brower's sacrifice fly to make it 3-0. John Lister scored on an infield error in the sixth for the game's final run.
Earlier, Dimitri Eugenia's first hit at the series -- a solo home run -- was enough to send Curacao to the championship game.
Curacao, which has played for the international title the last four years, advanced to the championship game for the first time.
Eugenia struck out in each of his five previous at-bats. But with two outs in the second, he sent the first pitch over the wall in right-center to give Curacao a 1-0 lead.
* TENNIS: Elena Bovina of Russia withstood on-court heat of 100 degrees and beat friend and practice partner Nathalie Dechy of France, 6-2, 2-6, 7-5, to win the Pilot Pen tournament in New Haven, Conn.
Martina Navratilova failed to win her 175th career doubles title as she and Lisa Raymond lost, 6-1, 1-6, 7-6 (7-4), to Meghann Shaughnessy and Russian Nadia Petrova.
The seventh-seeded Bovina won her third WTA title in a U.S. Open tuneup in which there was a 10-minute break before the third set because of the sweltering conditions.
"It was very tough, and actually I gave everything I got here," Bovina said.
"To tell the truth, I never thought one time that I could win the tournament," she added. "It's not that I didn't believe in myself, it's just I was so kind of playing every day, day after day, match after match, that I never even thought myself getting to the finals.". . . .
In New York, top-seeded Elena Likhovtseva of Russia won the Forest Hills Classic, defeating fourth-seeded Iveta Benesova of the Czech Republic, 6-2, 6-2.
Likhovtseva won her third title in her 12 years on the WTA Tour.
Earlier in the week, she had a first-round bye followed by a walkover in this U.S. Open warmup at the West Side Tennis Club.
"I was nervous," Likhovtseva said. "I had not played the three previous weeks so I needed matches. Once I started to compete, I got right back into my game and the results proved that, especially today." . . .
Ninth-seeded Luis Horna of Peru beat two-time defending champion Paradorn Srichaphan of Thailand, 1-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-5), to advance to the final of the TD Waterhouse Cup in Commack, N.Y.
Horna will face second-seeded Lleyton Hewitt, the former U.S. Open and Wimbledon champion, today in the U.S. Open tuneup event. Hewitt led Russia's Dmitry Tursunov 6-3, 1-0 when Tursunov retired because of back problems.
The 23-year-old Horna is seeking his first ATP Tour title.
* COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Julius Jordan ran for 143 yards and two touchdowns as Bowie State defeated visiting West Virginia State, 27-0.
Isaac Redman, who rushed for 107 yards, scored first for Bowie State on a 10-yard run in the first quarter.
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