Hawaii shuts out Georgia to reach LLWS title game
Aukai Kea struck out 15 while throwing a complete game as Hawaii went ahead on a pinch-hit single by John De la Cruz and defeated Georgia 3-0 to advance to the Little League World Series championship Saturday.
De la Cruz’s hit broke a scoreless tie in the fourth inning. Hawaii added the game’s final two runs in the fifth, on an RBI triple from Bruce Boucher, followed by Jace Souza’s run-scoring single.
Over two games at the double-elimination tournament, Georgia played 17 innings against Hawaii but was held scoreless. Much of that was due to Kea, who also hit a walk-off, two-run homer to end the teams’ 11-inning game last week.
SOUTH KOREA BEATS JAPAN 2-1
Choi Ji-hyung blasted his third home run of the Little League World Series, then struck out seven over 42⁄ innings Saturday, 3 giving South Korea a spot in the tournament championship with a 2-1 win over Japan.
With two outs and nobody on in the first inning, Choi’s homer went into the fans sitting beyond the left-field fence. He raised his right index finger in the air as he rounded first and high-fived his third base coach with both hands on his way home.
Choi Soo-ho’s double to center then drove home Kim Gi-jeong, who reached second on a throwing error by Japan.
South Korea is unbeaten in four games at the LLWS.