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3-Run Shot Send Maine Over Ky. in LLWS

August 23, 2005

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) _ Zach Collett had a feeling one sweet swing would be the hit to send his team back to New England as winners.

``It felt good right off the bat,″ he said. ``Once it went out, it felt even better.″

Collett hit a three-run home run in the third inning to lift Westbrook, Maine, to a 3-2 win over Owensboro (Ky.) Southern on Tuesday in the Little League World Series.

It was the first win of the series for Westbrook (1-2). Owensboro finished 0-3.

Westbrook blew a two-run lead in the sixth inning of its first series game and lost a one-run lead in the fifth in its last game. After a couple of near-misses, Westbrook gets to celebrate at home.

``Not everyone can say they won a game in the World Series,″ said Joey Royer, who earned a save with three scoreless innings of relief.

Count Owensboro among them.

Also Tuesday, Venezuela beat Saudi Arabia 4-0 and Surrey, British Columbia, was a 2-1 winner over Moscow. Guam faced Mexico, and Rancho Bueno Vista of Vista, Calif., played Lafayette, La., on Tuesday night.

Staked to a 2-0 lead, Owensboro’s Luke Daugherty cruised through the first two innings until running into trouble in the third. Two runners reached, then Collett crushed one over the right-center fence for a 3-2 lead and sent the fans scurrying for the ball.

``His home run was just ... what can I say about it?″ said smiling Westbrook coach Richard Knight.″

Daugherty _ who gave up three hits and struck out seven in five innings _ got out of the inning with a dazzling behind-the-back snag on a one-hopper back to the mound.

Collett also doubled in the fifth.

Sean Murphy allowed three hits and two runs _ one earned _ in three innings to earn the win. Royer tossed three scoreless innings in relief for the save.

``I had nothing to worry about. We had the lead,″ Royer said.

Kentucky went up 2-0 in the third on an RBI double from Dalton West and an RBI groundout from Daugherty.

``There wasn’t any pressure on us. I thought we were relaxed _ maybe too relaxed,″ said Kentucky coach Ricky Hale, his voice cracking. ``That’s the heartbreak of it all.″

Westbrook shortstop Zack Gardiner ended the game with a nice leaping catch in the hole, then celebrated with his teammates on the mound.

Canada 2, Russia 1

Alex Dunbar struck out 10 and tossed a four-hitter for Surrey, British Columbia (2-1). Moscow (0-3) committed two errors in the first inning that led to two unearned runs. Surrey didn’t get a hit in the inning, scoring one run on a wild throw and another on an RBI groundout from first baseman Jeff Degano.

Venezuela 4, Saudi Arabia 0

Victor Sequera and Richard Alvarez combined for eight strikeouts and allowed two hits for Latin America champion Valencia (1-2). Dhahran (0-3) failed to score a run in its three games.

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