Pearland, Texas is coming back to the Little League World Series.
Pearland clinched the first U.S. Series berth Wednesday in Waco, Texas, defeating Lake Charles, La., 7-3, in the Southwest Regional championship. Pearland also played at the Series in 2010, reaching the U.S. final. The Southwest champions play their first Series game Friday, Aug. 15, against the New England champion which will be crowned Saturday.
Pearland finished regionals undefeated, going 5-0 and scoring a tournament-record 59 runs. Representing Texas East, Pearland built a 6-0 third-inning lead, scoring in each of the first three innings. It finished with eight hits while Matthew Adams threw five strong innings and struck out Louisiana's Nos. 4-5 hitters in the fifth inning with two runners on.
Layne Roblyer hit a two-run first-inning double that set the tone and Pearland scored three first-inning runs with two outs and nobody on. This is the third straight year a Texas team has reached the Series.
Lake Charles was trying to reach the Series for a fifth time and lost for the first time in a regional final. Its only two regional losses were to Pearland. Since the Series field expanded to 16 teams, either Louisiana or Texas has represented the Southwest every time.