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Central East Maui falls in U.S. championship game at Little League World Series

Louisiana shortstop Stan Wiltz celebrates after forcing out Maui's Bransyn Hong at second base to end the game. -- AP photo

The game ended with the tying run at the plate, but Central East Maui’s championship run at the Little League World Series ended Saturday with a 9-5 loss to River Ridge, La., in the United States championship game.

CEM entered the bottom of the sixth and final inning down 9-0, but scored five times and had the bases loaded when the game ended on a double play. Maui got two bases-loaded walks, an RBI single from Duke Aloy and a two-run single by Branson Hong in the final frame.

Maui will face Chofu City, Japan, on Sunday in the consolation game for third place at 4 a.m. HST on ESPN television.

The CEM players are due to arrive at Kahului Airport at 2:42 p.m. Monday on American Arilines flight 432.