Little League World Series 2012 Schedule: Power Ranking Potential Final Matchups

Tim KeeneyContributor IAugust 22, 2012

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Let's face it. The Little League World Series is so exciting that no matter who squares off for the championship on Sunday, it will make for great TV.

That being said, some matchups are more intriguing, make for better stories and feature more contrasting styles.

Let's take a look at the best possible potential World Series battles.

Note: For a complete look at the LLWS 2012 schedule, check out the official website here


3. Japan vs. Texas

If the kids from San Antonio would have held on and knocked off Goodlettsville, Tennessee, this would have easily been the No. 1 most anticipated matchup.

Texas, before Wednesday night's  4-3 loss, hadn't dropped a game all summer and has an absolutely electric offense. Japan hasn't lost all summer and has a pitching staff that has given up zero earned runs through 21 innings.

Two teams with the two biggest win streaks in the world going at it for the championship? Yes, please.

Even with Texas' mishap, this is still a matchup worth seeing. Just not the best one. 


2. Mexico vs. California

If you're looking for excitement, this is the matchup you want. 

So far through four games, the little leaguers from Tamaulipas, Mexico, have racked up 31 runs, 39 hits and 11 home runs, all of which are top in the tournament.

The other side of the diamond would have to feature the most exciting hitters from the United States.

The kids from Tennessee are solid at the dish, but California's duo of Danny Marzo and Bradley Smith—Smith is bigger than a lot of major leaguers—can absolutely put on a show. Watching them slug it out with Mexico would be fun. 

1. Japan vs. Tennessee

If Japan and Tennessee both win their championships, they will enter the world series undefeated.

You can have all the excess of power or contrast of styles you want, but in the end it's all about finding the two best overall teams. This would be that matchup.

Not to mention watching Japan's unhittable aces square off against Brock Myers, who has been arguably the best hitter in this tournament not named Bradley Smith, would be an encounter made in heaven.

The unstoppable force against the immovable object. I'm sold.