Hawaii shuts out Ge­or­gia to reach LLWS ti­tle game

The Charlotte Observer (Sunday) - - Sports - BY PA­TRICK BURNS

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.


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.

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