SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. >> Knox Carter hit a two-run home run and two Columbus, Ga., pitchers combined on a two-hitter in a 6-2 win over Waipahu at the Little League World Series Saturday.
Jacob Pate struck out seven and walked four for Georgia, settling down after a rough first inning in which he allowed Ty DeSa’s two-run homer.
Georgia rallied in the bottom off the first after Hawaii starter Noah Shackles walked the first two hitters and Brandon Pugh hit a two-run single. Carter followed with his opposite-field shot to right to put Georgia up 4-2.
Both teams come from local leagues that have recently won the Little League title — Georgia in 2006 and Hawaii in 2008. Carter’s cousin, pitcher Kyle Carter, started and won the ’06 title game.
Hawaii will face the team from Toms River, N.J. Sunday in an elimination game. New Jersey lost 16-6 against Hamilton, Ohio, earlier Saturday.