SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) -- Make room, David Ortiz. There's a mini "Big Papi" swinging a big bat for Nashville, Tenn., at the Little League World Series.
With the bases loaded and fans chanting "Big Papi! Big Papi!" Trae McLemore hit a 1-1 pitch over the fence in center to cap Nashville's 10-2 victory over Corpus Christi, Texas, in an elimination game Saturday. McLemore, who was nicknamed in honor of Ortiz by his parents, finished with two hits and drove in six runs.
And he had his mother, Brenda Gonzalez, in tears as he rounded the bases in the top of the sixth.
"When I hit that grand slam, it was just energy running through my body," said the 5-foot-11, 209-pound player. "It's been one of my dreams to come and play in this tournament. Another one was to hit a home run. After that, I looked at my mom, and she was crying."
Pausing, before breaking into a smile, McLemore added: "And I was like, 'Oh, that's awesome.'"
Ben Pickman struck out 10 and allowed three hits over five innings for Nashville (1-1), which stayed in contention in the double-elimination tournament. The Southeast champion opened with a 3-2 loss to Westport, Conn., on Thursday.
The one scare for Nashville came in the sixth inning when infielder Knox Preston fell awkwardly and hit his head while stumbling awkwardly into first base on a ground out. Preston was examined on the field, and required assistance to get to his dugout.
Nashville manager Chris Mercado said Preston was being tested for a possible concussion.
It was two-and-done for Corpus Christi (0-2), which failed to get its offense on track.
The Southwest champion will conclude the tournament playing Perth, Australia (0-2), in a consolation game Monday. Perth was eliminated following a 4-0 loss to San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico, earlier in the day.
The one bright moment for Corpus Christi was how Jared Cruz responded after giving up the home run to McLemore. Cruz hit a one-out solo homer to center in the bottom of the sixth to round out the scoring. And it came off McLemore, who relieved Pickman.
PUERTO RICO 4, AUSTRALIA 0
Pitcher Tommylee Sierra shut out Australia for 52/3 innings in keeping San Lorenzo in contention in the international bracket of the tournament.
Sierra fell one out short of a complete game because he reached the Little League limit of 88 pitches per game when he recorded his 10thstrikeout of the game in the top of the sixth inning.
Leonardo Lizardi got the final out for Puerto Rico, which scored three times in the fourth inning to break a scoreless tie.
Australia, which was making its first LLWS appearance, was eliminated from title contention. Maverick Hamilton pitched a five-inning complete game for Australia and gave up seven hits.