Little League World Series Schedule 2013: TV Listings for Championship Weekend
The 2013 Little League World Series has reached it's closing stages, as championship weekend is officially upon us. With the U.S., International and World Series Championship games all set to be played, the time to enter the ranks of legends is now.
Here's how you can watch it all transpire.
International Championship Game
Teams: Japan vs. Mexico
Time: 12:30 p.m. ET
In the most highly anticipated game of the year, Japan will take on Mexico for the International Championship. The two sides already played a close encounter, with Japan using a late three-run rally to win 5-2 on Aug. 21.
The question is, will Mexico bounce back to take home the International Championship?
Mexico had outscored their opponents 25-0 before facing Japan and defeated Panama 4-2 to earn a rematch for the title. With that extraordinary balance, all signs point towards Mexico remaining an equal favorite to win big against Japan.
Just don't think the eight-time Little League World Series champions are going to go down without a fight.
Japan is currently 3-0, defeating Chinese Taipei, Czech Republic and Mexico to advance to the title game. Their games against Chinese Taipei and Mexico, two pre-tournament favorites, were both close and displayed the will of a champion.
Karl Ravech of ESPN offered a fair breakdown of what's to come.
#llws finals today Mexico dominant offense. Japan depth. California power. Connecticut karma. All starts at 1230 et on ABC.— karl ravech (@karlravechespn) August 24, 2013
The question is, will it be power or depth that comes through?
Brandon Montes has hit a home run in all four games for Mexico and his ability to connect with the ball will be key in this one. If Mexico is able to break through early against the world's best pitching staff, they may just have enough to hold on.
With Japan's illustrious history, however, the safe bet is clear.
U.S. Championship Game
Teams: New England vs. West
Time: 3:30 p.m. ET
The U.S. Championship game will feature the two American teams that most had expected to see on this final stage. New England (3-1) will take on the West region (3-0) in a rematch of their meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 21.
California won the first meeting, defeating Connecticut 6-3.
California has seven Little League World Series titles and 22 U.S. Championships to date. That includes two of the past four, winning it all in 2009 and 2011 by defeating all-time leaders Taiwan and Japan, respectively.
Connecticut has won four Little League World Series titles, but hasn't been able to come through since 1989.
In their most recent game, New England won an absolute thriller against Northwest, defeating their opponents 14-13. They overcame a 13-6 deficit, picked up a seven-run fifth inning and used a walk-off hit in the bottom of the seventh inning from Chad Knight to advance.
All of this has set up a rematch 50 years in the making.
50 years ago today, California beat Connecticut 2-1 to win the Little League World Series. They play for US title at 3:30 ET (ABC)— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) August 24, 2013
The question is, who will come through?
California has been untouchable, displaying resiliency in each of their games by winning close encounters. They have the star of the event, Grant Holman, who has already registered an extra innings no-hitter, a walk-off grand slam and a game-winning three-run home run.
Until Chula Vista is taken down, it's hard to bet against them.
Third Place Game
Teams: IC Game Loser vs. U.S. Game Loser
Time: 11:00 a.m. ET
Live Stream: Watch ESPN
The loser of the International Championship game, either Japan or Mexico, will play the loser of the U.S. Championship game, New England or West. They will compete for third place at the 2013 Little League World Series.
Little League World Series Championship Game
Teams: International Champion vs. U.S. Champion
Time: 3:00 p.m. ET
The winner of the International Championship game, Japan or Mexico, will play the winner of the U.S. Championship game, New England or West. The two winners will meet in the Little League World Series Championship game.
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