LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Paseo Verde advanced to the final of the Little League World Series Mountain Regional on Thursday with a 5-1 victory over Montana-Boulder Arrowhead at Al Houghton Stadium in San Bernardino, California.
Paseo Verde faces Snow Canyon in the championship game at 2 p.m. Friday, with the winner advancing to the Little League World Series in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania, beginning Aug. 17.
Snow Canyon, of Utah, defeated Paseo Verde 5-4 on Tuesday in the second tournament game for each team.
Strong pitching was critical in the semifinal triumph by the Henderson-based team representing Nevada in the tournament for 11- and 12-year-olds.
Winner Jake Nakahara (1-0) worked 2 2/3 innings, allowing an unearned run on one hit. Mason Zoller followed with 3 1/3 scoreless innings, allowing two hits. He struck out five.
Ryland Gregorich and Zach Portnoff each had two hits for Paseo Verde. Gregorich had a triple and scored a run.
Broch Mabeus had the key hit for the winners, a two-run single in the fifth that extended the lead to 4-1.