Two weeks of competition culminates Sunday when Curaçao and Louisiana meet in the championship game of this year’s Little League World Series.
Louisiana won its first U.S. championship in state history by defeating Hawaii 9-5 on Saturday. The team from River Ridge was scoreless through four innings before scoring five in the fifth and four more in the sixth. Louisiana lost to Hawaii in its opener before winning the redemption game yesterday. Reece Roussel leads the charge at the plate for Lousiana. His two hits against Hawaii gave him the all-time hit record (15) in a single LLWS.
Curaçao defeated Japan 5-4 in the International Championship. The win was Curaçao’s third international title, and the small island nation of 162,000 will be vying for its first overall title since 2004 when Oakland A’s infielder Jurickson Profar was on the team. Profar’s younger brother Jurdrick is on this year’s team. Curaçao is lead by Curley Martha. Martha had a two-run homer versus Japan and was effective on the mound, but exceeded the 20-pitch threshold, meaning he will not be eligible to pitch today.
Since the LLWS expanded to 16 teams in 2001, this will be the first time that both teams in the championship game advanced from the elimination bracket.
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Little League World Series live score, updates, highlights from Louisiana vs. Curacao
(All times Eastern)
3:22 p.m.: The offensive tare continues for Marshall Louque, as he doubles home a run. 1-0 Louisiana.
3:21 p.m.: A rare groundout for Reece Roussel, but the runner advances to third.
3:20 p.m.: Louisiana is the away team, and it begins the game with a leadoff single.
3:12 p.m.: Player introductions have concluded, and it’s time to play baseball on what looks like a beautiful day in Williamsport.