With one consolation game and two elimination contests, four teams will be leaving Williamsport on Tuesday while two teams will see their title hopes remain intact.
So tensions will surely be running high as six teams battle to either end their Little League World Series on a high note or stay alive in the first place.
Below, we'll take a look back at the results and recap the day's action.
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Illinois Cruises Past Texas, Winning 6-1
Joshua Houston started Illinois on the right foot, pitching five strong innings. And once again, Marquis Jackson closed the door.
The former gave up just a run on four hits and a walk while striking out five. The latter closed with authority, striking out three (and walking one) in the top of the sixth to keep Illinois alive. If you aren't familiar with Jackson, well, the closer has been one of the most dominant pitchers in Williamsport.
Consider the following, from Philip Hersh of the Chicago Tribune:
Closer Marquis Jackson of Jackie Robinson West has recorded 23 outs in regional and #LittleLeagueWorldSeries: 20 on Ks. JRW wins 6-1— Philip Hersh (@olyphil) August 20, 2014
Chicago continued to swing the bats well and run the bases aggressively too, however. Along with pitching a gem, Houston also went 1-for-3 with three RBI.
Chicago got out to an early 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first after Pierce Jones scored on a Jackson single, Jackson scored on an error and Darion Radcliff scored on a fielder's choice. They added three runs in the bottom of the fourth after Trey Hondras scored on a fielder's choice and Houston knocked in two more with a double.
Chicago will now face their third straight elimination game, as they await the loser of the Pennsylvania vs. Nevada matchup.
Mexico Stays Alive with 11-1 Rout of Venezuela
For the second day in a row Mexico staved off elimination, needing just five innings to dispose of Venezuela, 11-1. Once again, the 4'8" Ruy Martinez was at the center of everything, finishing 3-for-4 with three RBI and a run scored.
Yes, that means Martinez is now 6-for-7 with a home run, four RBI and three runs in his past two games. Talk about a clutch performer.
Martinez wasn't the only Mexican player coming up big. Juan Garza was brilliant, allowing just one run on four hits while striking out six in five innings. He also reached three bases in the game on a hit and two walks, knocking in one RBI and scoring twice.
In total, nine Mexican players had at least a hit, 10 reached base and eight scored runs. It was quite the convincing performance.
For Venezuela, it was a game to forget. Julio Rejon's RBI double in the top of the third was the only highlight for the Latin America representatives.
Still, going into the bottom of the fourth Mexico held just a 3-1 advantage. That's when the Mexican team erupted, scoring five runs before adding three more in the bottom of the fifth, ending the game.
Mexico now awaits the loser of the South Korea vs. Japan game, which will be their third elimination game in a row. Mexico earlier lost to Japan by a 9-5 margin. Still, given how Martinez and company have responded to the pressure thus far, betting against them may not be wise.
Tennessee Survives Furious Canada Rally in Consolation Game, Wins 12-9
Well, that got interesting.
After the first four innings, Tennessee looked as though it would roll to an easy victory leading 8-2. Even when Canada pushed across two runs in the top of the fifth, Tennessee answered with four of its own. But then Canada awoke, scoring five runs in the top of the sixth before putting itself in great position to take the lead with the bases loaded and two outs.
And so up stepped Rod Betonio to the plate, who had already doubled in the inning and scored on Madjik Mackenzie's three-run homer. Was he to be the hero for Canada?
Not on this day. Tyler Finley, who came on late in relief, managed to get the all-important strikeout to end the contest and give Tennessee a 12-9 victory in the consolation game.
Along with Finley, the hero for Tennessee was Sam Slaughter, who went 2-for-2 with three runs scored and six RBI. Of course, that stat line probably shouldn't surprise anyone, as Leslie Gudel of CSN Philly tweeted:
Son says "This guy's good", of Tennessee catcher Sam Slaughter. Kid then crushes a three run homer well over wall in left center 3-1 SEast.— Leslie Gudel (@lesliegudel) August 19, 2014
Slaughter, of course, is kin to Hall of Fame baseball player Enos Slaughter, so this is all just in the blood. And what he is capable of doing to baseballs, well, that's right there in his last name.
Blake Money—who, like Slaughter, has a pretty fantastic name—also came up big for Tennessee, finishing 2-for-3 with a home run. He and Slaughter hit back-to-back shots in the bottom of the fifth. Money also had two RBI and two runs scored.
Mackenzie was the big basher for Canada, going 3-for-4 with his homer, four RBI and two runs scored.
In a game dominated by the hitters, Drew Byers of Tennessee was the one pitcher who managed to pitch well with some consistency, lasting three innings and giving up just one run on five hits and a walk while striking out six. Those three innings were probably the difference for Tennessee, as Canada showed it could rake against Tennessee's other pitchers.
It was a close call, but Tennessee ends its LLWS on a high note. The tournament has now come to a close for both of these teams.