SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. Grant Holman nearly gave away a win with his arm, then took it back with his bat.
After allowing a three-run homer that put his team in a hole Wednesday night, Holman hit a three-run homer in the top of the ninth as Chula Vista rallied to beat Westport, Conn., 6-3 for a berth in the U.S. championship game at the Little League World Series.
Seeking his second World Series no-hitter, Holman had struck out all nine batters he'd faced when Max Popken drew a leadoff walk in the fourth. Harry Azadian singled to right, and Matt Brown homered to put Westport ahead 3-1.
Chula Vista tied it in the sixth. With one out, Nick Mora hit his second homer of the game to make it 3-2, and reliever Alex Reiner threw a wild pitch with the bases loaded to allow the tying run.
Reiner was still on the mound in the ninth. Micah Pietila-Wiggs singled to left, his third hit of the game, to lead off. Jake Espinoza doubled to right-center before Holman connected.
"All I wanted to do was hit it hard," said Holman, who struck out 10 in 3 2/3 innings.
Saturday, Chula Vista faces the winner of today's game between Sammamish, Wash., and Westport for the U.S. title.
Tokyo advanced to Saturday's International championship game by beating Tijuana, Mexico, 5-2. Kazuki Ishida hit a tiebreaking homer in the fifth for Tokyo, which meets the winner of today's game between Tijuana and Aguadulce, Panama.
The Series' championship game is Sunday.