It was more difficult and took longer than the first game.
There were some nerve-wracking moments. Sweetwater Valley received more than a little help from an opponent kicking the ball around and throwing it away.
Of course, too, there were some balls hit over the fence.
Sweetwater Valley beat Bowling Green East, 11-3, on Tuesday night, a result that was far more of a challenge to achieve than Friday's 14-2, 3½-inning rout of the same opponent.
How another Little league World Series victory came didn’t really matter. It did.
"As long as we can capitalize ... I'm OK," Sweetwater Valley manager Ward Lannom said. "A win is a win."
Sweetwater Valley at the Little League World Series
Sweetwater Valley took a 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning before it even really started hitting -- on two singles, a walk, two errors and a passed ball.
Levi Mendez swelled that lead to 5-0 with a two-out line drive over the left field fence in the second inning. That hit was made possible when Antonio Andrade beat out a slow roller to first base.
Bowling Green got on the board and threatened to do more in the bottom of the fourth. Nate Nankil relieved SVLL starter Dante Schmid with two outs and the bases loaded, and after a wild pitch brought home the inning’s second run, Nankil got out of the inning with a strikeout.
Andrade led off the fifth with a long blast to the grassy hill beyond right field to end a run of six straight Sweetwater Valley strikeouts and push the lead to 6-2, and it went to 7-2 after Nankil doubled, went to third on Walker Lannom’s single and scored on a passed ball.
A fifth-inning home run cut the lead to four runs, and Bowling Green had a runner on first when Andrade speared a hard grounder to third base and threw out the runner to end the inning. That was one of a handful of fantastic fielding plays by SVLL on Tuesday.
After Sweetwater Valley scored four runs on two walks, one hit and two errors in the top of the sixth, Nankil closed out the save. Schmid earned his second victory of the Series.