Reliever Haden Erbe got out of a bases-loaded jam with nobody out in the sixth and Lafayette, La., held on for a thrilling 2-0 victory over Warner Robins, Ga., on Thursday night in the Little League World Series.
Georgia broke through against Louisiana starter Ethan Hines, who struck out six before getting lifted in favor of Erbe. The 13-year-old right-hander got the final three outs for the save, including a Dillon Toms' comebacker to end the game between two favorites for the Little League crown.
Erbe also made a strong throw from the hole to outstretched first baseman Austin Primeaux with two outs and two runners on in the third to end another rally.
Logan Arnett went 3 for 3 to lead Georgia.
The loss for Warner Robins was its first during the All-Star season, which began in July. To stay alive in the Little League World Series, they'll need to win Saturday afternoon's 3pm matchup against a team from the Midwest.