Grosse Pointe Woods-Shores is heading to the Little League World Series.
After getting routed in the opener of the Great Lakes Regional, Woods-Shores came storming back to win four straight games and earn a spot in the LLWS.
Woods-Shores completed its improbable comeback Saturday by scoring five times in the fifth inning for a 6-3 victory over previously unbeaten Illinois at Grand Park Sports Campus in Westfield, Ind.
The Little League World Series begins Aug. 17 in Williamsport, Pa. Woods-Shores will be making its second visit to the LLWS since 2013.
Woods-Shores will open the LLWS against the Southwest Regional champion from Lufkin, Texas. The game is scheduled for 4 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 17 and will be televised by ESPN2.
In the regional final, Woods-Shores trailed 2-1 after three innings before erupting for five runs on four hits, an error and a pair of fielder’s choices in the fifth. The big blow was Jordan Arseneau’s two-run homer that gave the Michigan state champions a 6-2 lead.
Matthew Greene started the rally with a leadoff double and Woods-Shores got RBI singles from Joseph Wisniewski and Jack Jones.
Wisniewski and Jack Jones had two hits apiece for Woods-Shores, which got two RBIs from Wisniewski.
Will Pflaum was the winning pitcher after throwing the final four innings in relief of starter Drew Hill. Pflaum and Hill both allowed two hits and two walks. Pflaum struck out four and Hill fanned three. Only one Illinois run was earned.
Woods-Shores struck first, taking a 1-0 lead in the top of the first after Hill led off the game with a single before scoring on single by Joey Randazzo. Grosse Pointe left the bases loaded when Arseneau struck out looking to end the inning.
Woods-Shores had four hits in the opening inning.
But Illinois came back and took a 2-1 lead with one run in the second inning and another in the third on two balls that didn’t leave the infield.
Max Merlo tied it for Illinois in the second when he scored from third after…