Virginia will face the winner of the Midwest and Great Lakes regional championship. Rhode Island will face the loser of that game.
“We knew we were going to be facing a lot of great pitching down here,” Rhode Island Manager Chris Promades said. “We’ll get back in the cages and we’ll get right back at it. They’ll get a lot of reps and we’ll work on it and we’ll be ready to go tomorrow. That was a great team, pitching, defense, offense, all the way around. And we put the bat on the ball, they just made some good plays and today the ball just didn’t fall where we needed it to, but we’ll be ready to go. I can guarantee you that.”
It’s the 52nd no-hitter in Little League World Series history and the first in two years. The last was thrown by Chase Anderson, Matthew Matthijs and Carson Hardee of Greenville, N.C., in 2017.
But Friday, even though Virginia’s pitchers dominated on the mound, it took a while for the team’s bats to come alive.
After a scoreless first four innings, Virginia’s Kian Henson led off the bottom of the fifth with a single and Brady Yates smacked a two-run home run two batters later. Lee, the next batter, reached on a single up the middle and came around to score on a base hit from Thyen that found the gap between the third baseman and shortstop.