BANGOR, Maine — The U.S. West champions from Lemon Grove, Calif., have shown a flair for the dramatic so far in their Senior League World Series run.

The boys from San Diego came through with their second come-from-behind win of the series, with Alex Estrada slapping a single to left field as Lemon Grove edged Europe-Middle East-Africa champ Emilia, Italy, 5-4 in eight innings Wednesday evening.

The victory gives Lemon Grove a 3-0 record in Pool B play while Italy drops to 1-2.

Lemon Grove’s only lead turned out to be the final score, as the Californians rallied from a two-run deficit with a three-run eighth inning.

Italy had taken the lead on a throwing error and an RBI single from Matteo Lanfranchi.

But Cesar Preciado singled to lead off the Lemon Grove eighth, and he took second on a balk. Dominik Sawyer drove him in with a double to make it a one-run game.

Brad Moreno sacrificed Sawyer to third for the first out and Esteban Lieras flied out to shallow right for the second out.

Ray Peterson chopped a grounder to third that scooted through the legs of Italy’s Albento Fossa, and an intentional walk to Deandre Simpson loaded the bases for Estrada.

The California catcher came through, ripping a 1-2 pitch into left, just out of the reach of a diving Manuel Piazza to give Lemon Grove the dramatic win.

Italy took a 1-0 lead in the second on Matteo Carola’s sacrifice fly, while Lemon Grove tied it in the third on Peterson’s sac fly.

Italy forged ahead again with a run in the fifth on an RBI single by Loreato Fabbri, but Lemon Grove came back again, tying it on Peterson’s RBI single.

Ryan McLaughlin

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