(3-1) Australia 7 def. Bronco-Hermon 6 (2-1)

Monty J. Rand

Australia stun the hosts by rallying from a 6-2 deficit in the 7th inning to win 7-6 in walk-off fashion.

Australia trailed the entire game and didn't take their first lead until the final play of the game.

Trailing 6-5 with the bases loaded and one out in the 7th inning, Australia scored the tying and winning runs on a fielder's choice. A ground ball to third base resulted in a 5-to-4 putout at second base, but Australia's, Jack Dunn, came home on the play, scoring all the way from second base to give his side a spot in Saturday's world championship.

Alex McKenney got the scoring started for the hosts with an RBI double in the first inning and finished the contest 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored. Alex Applebee added two hits and a pair of runs scored at the plate in the losing effort.

Bronco-Hermon's SLWS run ends at 2-1.

Saturday's championship game will be a rematch of last Monday's 13-8 win for Illinois over Australia, the Asia-Pacific representative's only loss of the tournament.

Coverage of Saturday's championship match-up can be heard on 92.9 FM as well as 929Theticket.com with first pitch scheduled for 2 p.m. and can be seen live on ESPN2.


(4-0) Illinois 7 def. Virginia 0 (3-2)

Monty J. Rand

The U.S. Central representatives from Chicago, Illinois, have secured the first spot in Saturday's world championship game after defeating Virginia, 7-0.

Illinois cruised to a fourth win in as many tries at the Senior League World Series thanks to a strong pitching performance from starter, Gage Olszak, who tossed 6.2 innings of four-hit shutout ball.

Olszak knocked in a pair of runs at the plate as well, while Joe Trezek added a hit and an RBI and is now batting .533 for the tournament.

Virginia finishes competitive play at 3-2.