Northern loses, still advances to regional semifinals

South Brandon 15, Northern 0

WARNER ROBINS, Ga. (WTVM) - The final game of pool play turned into a bad disaster movie for the Northern All-Stars, but like a Hollywood production, they survived to fight another day. South Brandon, Fla. scored five times in the first and never looked back from there to beat Northern 15-0 on Tuesday, but thanks to tie-breaker rules, Northern advanced to the Little League Southeast Regional semifinals.

Macallister Jorgensen hit a solo homer on the third pitch of the game, and Myles Caba added a grand slam in that big first inning.

South Brandon added three runs in the fourth, then erupted for seven more in the top of the sixth to put an exclamation point on the win.

Cecil Woodside allowed just three hits in five and a third innings of work to pick up the victory.

Northern, South Brandon, and Southwest Forsyth, N.C. all wound up with 2-1 records. South Brandon was declared the Pool A winner after giving up just nine runs in 20 defensive innings, edging the North Carolina champ, who surrendered eight runs in 17 innings.

From there, it devolved to head-to-head, where Northern beat Southwest Forsyth 5-3 in the opening game on Saturday.

Northern will face Pool B champ Tuckahoe American, Va. in the semifinals at 5:00 pm ET. South Brandon faces South Nashville, Tenn. in the first game at 1:00 pm. The winners will play for the Southeast Regional title and a trip to the Little League World Series on Friday at 7:00 pm.