Little League World Series 2013: Predictions for Saturday's Championship Clashes
The 2013 Little League World Series continues on Saturday with two can't-miss championship matchups at Lamade Stadium in Williamsport, Pa.
In the first showdown, Tijuana (Mexico) and Tokyo (Japan) will face off for the International Championship. In the day's second contest, undefeated Chula Vista (California) will be pitted against Westport (Connecticut) in a rematch of Wednesday's instant classic.
Which two sides will advance to Sunday's Little League World Series Championship?
Tijuana (Mexico) Over Tokyo (Japan)
In a rematch of Wednesday's hard-fought battle inside Lamade, Tijuana and Tokyo will go head-to-head for the International Championship and the right to play the United States champion on Sunday in the title game.
Which team will win Saturday's first LLWS rematch?
But while Japan handed Mexico its first and only loss at this summer's tournament, look for Tijuana to come through the second time around.
Brandon Montes is a home-run-hitting star for Mexico and nearly sparked his side in the previous matchup with Japan.
Meanwhile, Japan has shown glimpses of vulnerability in all three of its previous matchups in Williamsport. It barely survived Chinese Taipei 3-2 last weekend and had to rally to beat Mexico on Wednesday.
With Montes leading the way, look for Mexico to avenge its Wednesday loss with a huge victory on Saturday.
Chula Vista (California) Over Westport (Connecticut)
The West regional champions from Chula Vista were the only American team to win each of their first three matchups at the Little League World Series, and are unbeaten coming into Saturday's United States Championship showdown against the New England representatives from Westport.
Which team will win the U.S. Championship at the LLWS?
California already defeated Connecticut earlier this week, coming from behind to win 6-3.
Stud pitcher Grant Holman, who tossed a no-hitter earlier in the tournament, struck out 10 in nearly four innings pitched and was key at the plate in Chula Vista's ninth-inning rally that helped them improve to 3-0 in Williamsport.
Connecticut's bats were firing on all cylinders against the Northwest regional winners Washington on Friday, but will likely be cooled down by Holman and company on Saturday afternoon. California hasn't allowed more than three runs in a single game thus far and has surrendered just six through three games.
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