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    Taylor North defeats Hawaii, will play for Little League championship Sunday

    Cameron Thorning’s dream start to Saturday’s bracket final helped assure that Taylor North would end its journey to Williamsport by playing for the Little League Baseball World Series title Sunday afternoon.

    Thorning hit what proved to be the winning, two-run homer in the top of the first inning, then took the mound in the bottom of the inning to strike out three straight batters after a lead-off walk.

    Taylor pitcher Jakob Furkas, right, celebrates with teammates, from left to right, Ethan Van Belle, top left, Lucas Farner (9) and Jackson Surma (22) after getting the final out of a win over Honolulu.

    Jakob Furkas helped Thorning finish the job on the mound as Taylor North avenged its only loss of the summer with a 2-1 victory over Honolulu, Hawaii, in the Hank Aaron bracket championship game at Lamade Stadium in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

    “It was huge,” Thorning said of the first inning. “I treat every game like a normal game.

    “I go out there to hit and pitch. Don’t overcomplicate things. Keep it nice and easy.”

    There was still work to be done after he made the first inning look easy.

    Hawaii moved within one on an unearned run in the third inning and Furkas relieved Thorning in the fourth. Furkas finished up the combined two-hitter to set up a Great Lakes Region championship rematch for the title of this year’s World Series, which is being played without International entries because of the pandemic.

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