2009 Little League World Series - Semifinals
California's Nick Conlin (8) celebrates with teammates Luke Ramierz, left, Andy Rios, right, and Bradley Roberto, right center, after scoring from third on a wild pitch by Georgia pitcher Conner Smirth on Aug. 27, 2009. California won 11-10.
California left fielder Markus Melin dives to make the catch on a line drive by Georgia's Spencer Sato during the third inning. Melin threw to first base to complete a inning-ending double play.
Chinese Taipei fans cheer during a Little League World Series baseball International semi-final game against Curacao on Aug. 27, 2009. Their team won 5-2.
Home run trot
Chinese Taipei's Tang Fu Cheng celebrates as he rounds first after hitting a solo-homer off Curacao pitcher Claycandy Hariquez in the sixth inning.
The Candy Man
Curacao pitcher Claycandy Hariquez pitches against Chinese Taipei in the first inning. Hariquez pitched five innings, giving up two earned runs and striking out 11 in the loss.
Georgia's Jake Farrell (5) scores on a wild pitch by California pitcher Isaiah Armenta during the fourth inning. Armenta injured his right leg on the play and left the game.
With a split at first, Texas first baseman Jace Selsor beat out New York's Anthony Scotti on a fifth inning ending double play. San Antonio won the semifinal game 4-1.
Texas second baseman Drew Brooks throws to second during the fifth inning for a force out against New York during their semifinal game on Aug. 26, 2009.
Play at the plate
Japanese pitcher Toshinori Wakai tagged Mexico's Luis Perez on a steal attempt for an out at the plate in the first inning on Aug. 26, 2009. Japan couldn't keep Mexico from scoring six other runs, however, in a 6-0 semifinal victory.
Advancing the runners
With multiple Texas runners rounding the bases, New York starting pitcher Angelo Navetta (right) ran in to cover the plate as San Antonio's Drew Brooks scored in the first inning of their Little League World Series United States semifinal.
Tall and small ball
Mexico's Augustin Montoya (right) congratulates teammate Marcelo Martinez after Martinez scored in the first inning against Japan. Mexico earned a 6-0 win in the semifinal game.
Beating the throw
Japan's Naoto Ogura scampered into first base just before Mexico first baseman Jorge Maldonado could collect the ball on Aug. 26, 2009.
International Little League Complex workers lower the U.S. flag to half staff during a Little League World Series semifinal game on Aug. 26, 2009 in honor of U.S. Senator Ted Kennedy, who died earlier in the day.