After two high-scoring affairs in the International and U.S. Championship games, Japan and Tennessee will face off in the Little League World Series title game in Williamsport Aug. 26.
Japan comes into the final after winning the International title for the third time under manager Yoichi Kobo, and this team will hope to be his latest success story after all is said and done.
Tennessee, on the other hand, comes into this final after posting an astounding 24 runs in its 24-16 victory over California. That total marked the most runs scored by a team in this entire tournament and should give the U.S. champs a great deal of confidence heading into the final.
Here's everything you need to know about where to catch this epic Little League World Series Championship game.
When: Sunday, Aug. 26 at 3 p.m. ET
Where: Lamade Field, Williamsport, PA
This game is going to come down to a battle between Japan's pitching staff and Tennessee's batters, which are the top strengths of each team.
After the loss in the International title game, Panama manager Luis Gonzalez told Samantha Ciccocioppo of LittleLeague.org, "'Japanese pitching is the best here in the tournament. Japan is going to be the World Series champion this year.'"
That doesn't mean that Tennessee is just going to hand over the championship, however, with manager Joey Hale telling Ciccocioppo's co-worker George Thompson "'We just went through a roller coaster...[the players] worked all winter long to get to this point.'"
Throughout the entirety of this tournament, Japan has surrendered just three runs while Tennessee had posted 25 before the offensive outburst of 24 in the U.S. Championship.
Japan is coming off an offensive outburst of their own, however, scoring 11 against Panama thanks in part to Kotaro Kiyomiya and teammate Satoru Aoyama hitting home runs in the first inning of play.
Tennessee likely can't replicate that 24-run performance in this championship game, especially when facing a staff as talented as Japan's. Ultimately this game probably will not end up being a 2-1 nail-biter, but it should end up with a victory for Japan.
Prediction: Japan 7, Tennessee 4