WILLIAMSPORT, Penn. - Pearland was an out away from winning.
Instead, the All-Stars suffered a heartbreaking 7-6 loss to Philadelphia that they're likely to lose sleep over.
Leading 6-5 in the sixth inning, Zion Spearman hit a triple to center field that scored Scott Bandura.
The ensuing batter, Kai Cummings, hit a ground ball single to shortstop. The ball was thrown over the head of the Pearland first baseman, scoring Spearman and giving Philadelphia a walk-off win.
The loss does not eliminate Pearland from Little League World Series contention. They play tomorrow at 2 p.m. in a must-win contest.
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The small town of Williamsport is buzzing with anticipation of tonight's game between Pearland and Philadelphia.
Little League officials are expecting so many people at the game that they issued tickets on a first come first served basis Sunday.
Towards the front of the line was Byron Spurlick and his son.
They made the trip to show their support for Pearland.
"There is a lot of great competition here which makes it a little better than previous years," Spurlock said.
More than 15,000 people are expected to watch the game in person with seating in the stands and the outfield lawn area.
Wayne and Pat Adams' grandson Mathew is on the team and couldn't be prouder of how the group is performing.
"What a stage for a bunch of 12-year-old kids," Adams said. "It's going to be real exciting. The kids are all excited and the whole area from down around Pearland and the city of Houston is 100 percent behind them. We are glad to be here. We wouldn't have missed this."
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