Little League World Series Update

Myworld has been busy preparing for the opening of high school volleyball season. Meeting with parents, athletic director and two a day practices makes for a very busy day. But we got an opening to review the Little League World Series.

Seoul, Korea appears to be the class of the International group. After beating Puerto Rico 4-2 they downed Mexico 5-1. Shoo Hoo Choi had a complete game six inning victory, giving up just three hits and one unearned run. Ji Hyung Choi went deep driving in two and scoring twice. They knocked Japan to the loser’s bracket with a surprisingly easy 10-0 win. The game went only four innings, with Yeong Hyeon Kim allowing just one hit in those four innings. He struck out 10 and did not issue a walk. He also hit two doubles and drove in five runs. Ji Hyung Choi went a perfect 3 for 3 with a homerun, two RBIs and three runs scored.

After losing their opener to Korea, Puerto Rico has worked their way up the loser’s bracket. They eliminated Australia with a 6-0 win, limiting the Aussies to just one hit. Yadiel Delgado went the first four innings and allowed the one hit, striking out seven. Luis Rivera drove in three runs and Eric Rodriguez hit a solo shot. A 3-1 win over Panama puts them into the finals of the winner’s bracket to face Japan. Roberto Joubert had a marvelous five innings of relief, striking out 14 and walking four. He did not allow a hit. Carlos Dejesus drove in two runs with a RBI single in the fourth and a ground out in the fifth.

Honolulu is the class of the United States pool. They had two shutout wins in the first and third games, beating Peachtree Georgia 2-0 and Staten Island, New York 10-0. The first game went 11 innings with a walk off homer from Aukai Kea. Kea also pitched the first 6.1 shutout innings, allowing two hits and striking out 10. The win over Staten Island was the finals of the winner’s bracket and fueled by a grand slam from Sean Yamaguchi. He drove in five of the ten runs. Kea again got the start and threw 4.1 innings, giving up just one hit. They also beat Gross Pointe Woods, Michigan 8-3.

Peachtree will play Staten Island in the finals of the loser’s bracket to determine who will get a rematch against Honolulu. Japan will play Puerto Rico, with the winner getting a rematch with Korea.

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