Little League World Series: Pearland meets Honolulu, Hawaii in his second tournament game

WILLIAMSPORT, Pennsylvania (KTRK) — The next Pearland Little League opponent has been announced.

The team meets western region champion Honolulu, Hawaii, who won Friday’s duel against Massapequa, New York, 12-0.

The game will air Monday at 6 p.m. on ABC13 sister network ESPN2.

Both Pearland and Honolulu are undefeated in the double elimination tournament. Honolulu has played one more game than Pearland in the tournament so far and has already defeated Bonney Lake, Washington in an 11-1 win.

Pearland-Honolulu winner meets Hagerstown, Indiana-Nolensville, Tennessee winner. That game, which would crown one of two US Championship finalists, is scheduled for Wednesday.

Pearland pitcher Bubs Shelton is redeemed after viral moment at Little League World Series

The video for a previous installment of this story is in the player above.

Pearland’s opening little league win was all about resilience, for the team recovering from an early 2-0 deficit against Pennsylvania in front of a full partisan crowd, and for Pearland pitcher Kaiden “Bubs” Shelton.

Shelton came on in the 4th inning of a tie game to the relief of starter Corey Kahn and beat both Pennsylvania batters to end the inning. Pearland would break it up in the next inning to roll to an 8-3 opening round win and give Shelton the win in his first Little League World Series appearance.

SEE PREVIOUS STORY: Pearland Little League opens World Series with 8-3 win over Pennsylvania

“When I came in, my heart was beating really fast, about 10,000 times a second. When I started throwing strikes, I had a lot of confidence,” Shelton said after the game.

It was a reversal of luck and emotion for Shelton after his last appearance on the mound, when he hit an Oklahoma hitter with a faulty throw and broke down in tears shortly after. Then he was comforted by the bat. It was a moment of athleticism and Shelton’s vulnerability for the entire nation to see.

On Thursday, a crowd of 20,000 in Williamsport and a national ESPN audience saw Shelton at his absolute best.

“I’m so proud of this young man because the last time he was on the hill he got all the attention, he hit someone and it went viral. So coming out in a really close game in front of 18,000 people and doing that shows what a kid he is,” said manager Aaron Cummings.

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Shelton took a simpler view.

“When I hit him, I felt really bad that day. So I try not to hit people. I try not to let it go and just throw punches. Just throw it right in the middle,” Shelton said.

Cummings added, “He really looked like he was throwing pretty hard tonight.”

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