Southeast Region champ Goodlettsville hit four home runs and crushed Kearney-Nebraska 12-1 in its opening game in the 66th annual Little League World Series Thursday night.
Winning pitcher Brock Myers struck out seven and walked none in his four-plus innings. He struck out five in row at one point
Myers also went 3-for-4 at the plate, including a two-run home run to straightaway center in the fifth. He scored three runs and drove in two.
Cole Carter drove in a run with a single in the first and Ryan Lyle belted Goodlettsville’s first home run, a two-run shot to left center for an early 3-0 lead.
Jake Rucker hit a three-run home run as part of a seven-run sixth.
He also pitched the final two innings. Myers and Rucker combined to allow one hit.
More than half of Goodlettsville’s 13 hits went for extra bases. There were three doubles (two by Luke Brown) in addition to the four home runs.
Brown also made diving catch to save a run and end the fourth inning.
With the victory, Goodlettsville advances to the second round and will play Petaluma, Calif. 1 p.m. (CDT) Sunday.