Little League World Series Schedule: Start Time, TV and Prediction for Final
You can't ask for a better Little League World Series championship matchup than California and Japan.
Both squads have looked nearly unstoppable thus far.
Japan's representative, the Musashi Fuchu Little League team from Tokyo, hasn't overpowered its opponents. It hasn't crushed five home runs in a game or 10-run ruled a squad in Williamsport, but it has showcased some daunting consistency.
Fueled by strong, stable pitching and timely hitting, Japan has gone 4-0 with wins of 7-3, 3-2, 5-2 and 3-2.
The kids from Chula Vista, California, on the other hand, are winning with a little more flash.
They've won with a no-hitter. They've won 15-3 in four innings. They've won a thriller thanks to a three-run homer in extra innings.
They won the United States championship, 12-1.
Where Japan is methodical and fundamental, California is explosive, overpowering and scintillating—and both styles have worked to an absolute tee for the two undefeated squads.
Simply put, this is a championship between two compelling, contrasting squads that you aren't going to want to miss.
When: Sunday, Aug. 25, at 3 p.m. ET
Where: Howard J. Lamade Stadium, South Williamsport, Pa.
How exactly are you supposed to bet against a guy like Grant Holman?
The 6'4" towering force has played this LLWS pretty much exactly how you would expect a 6'4" kid to play against a bunch of other 12-year-old shrimps.
First, he threw a no-hitter in which he struck out 13. Then he hit a grand slam, which was technically of the walk-off nature as it put California up by 12 in the bottom of the fourth. Then he struck out 10 more before hitting a go-ahead three-run shot with the game tied in the top of the ninth.
In four games, he has crushed two home runs and driven in eight, and, on the mound, he has pitched 10.2 innings, giving up two hits, three walks and three runs while striking out an absurd 23 batters.
Who will leave Williamsport as champions of the world?
On Sunday, he'll be most important on the rubber, as he has had several days of rest and the Japan lineup will have trouble with his overpowering style.
While Japan will likely counter with Kazuki Ishida, who has been near unhittable in Williamsport, California's lineup is deep enough to spot Holman some necessary runs.
Chula Vista repeats the success of the 2009 Chula Vista world champions, 5-2
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