Seoul Plays Honolulu in Little League World Series Championship

Tokyo battled Seoul but came up short. They lost for a second time to Seoul, Korea, who scored two runs in the opening frame in their 2-1 win. Ji-Hyung Choi smashed a two out solo shot to make it 1-0. A Japanese error and booming double by Shoo-hoo Choi made it 2-0. After that double Shisei Fujimoto shut down the Korean bats, giving up just a single in the fourth and hitting a batter in the fifth. He struck out eight.

Tokyo could not get to Ji-Hyung Choi until the fifth inning. A hit by pitch, passed ball and single put runners on first and third and two outs. Masaumi Ikeuchi doubled in one run off new pitcher Yeong-Hyeon Kim to cut the lead to 2-1. Kim was able to get a strikeout to end the fifth and a ground out double play to the box to end the game.

On the United States side of the ledger Peachtree City again failed to score against Aukai Kea. The first time it took Honolulu 11 innings before they scored their first run to win the game, a walkoff two run homerun hit by Aukai Kea. This time they scored a few early runs, the first on a double by Hunter Nishina and RBI single by John de la Cruz in the fourth inning. They got a couple more insurance runs in the fifth on a Bruce Boucher RBI triple and a Jace Souza single. Kea did the rest, limiting Peachtree to three hits while striking out 15 of the 21 hitters he faced.

Honolulu plays Seoul, Korea for the Little League World Series. Seoul won back to back Little League World Series in 1984 and 1985 and again in 2014. Honolulu has yet to win a Little League World Series, though the state of Hawaii has won two championships in 2005 and 2008. In 2014 Seoul beat a team from Tokyo to advance to the finals.

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