The final game is set for the Little League World Series. Jackie Robinson West of Chicago will take on South Korea in what looks to be a David vs. Goliath matchup.
On Saturday, JRW avenged an earlier loss to Mountain Ridge of Las Vegas. The 7-5 victory propelled the Chicagoans into the championship game.
without a doubt, THE BEST SPORTS STORY I've ever seen. Forget all the championships I've covered in Chi. The hope #jrw gives us is PRICELESS— Jim Rose (@JimRoseABC7) August 23, 2014
South Korea easily defeated Japan 12-3 to remain undefeated and reach the final in Saturday's first regional championship game.
As far as balance, the South Koreans boast the most complete collection of two-way players. Led by Jae Yeong Hwang, the squad is the most talented from top to bottom.
While JRW has been scrappy and resilient, the South Koreans will almost certainly be the toughest team it has faced during the LLWS. Can JRW complete its magical run in Williamsport with a win?
Japan and Las Vegas will battle in the consolation game.
Here's how you can watch.
When: Sunday, August 24 at 10 a.m. ET for consolation game and 3 p.m. ET for championship
Where: Williamsport, Pennsylvania
TV: ESPN (consolation game) and ABC (championship)
Japan Will Take Third Place
In almost any other year, the Japanese team would have won it all, but it ran into an absolute buzz saw in the form of the South Korean squad.
While the team from Las Vegas—led by Austin Kryszczuk—can swing the bats with anyone, its pitching faltered greatly against JRW, as did its poise. Kryszczuk's shoulder seemed to be bothering him on the mound, and he made a crucial error in the field.
He's clearly the best hitter in Williamsport, but he'll need to dig deep to help his team win Sunday.
After such a disappointing loss Saturday, it's hard to imagine Las Vegas getting up for such a big task against Japan. Look for the Japanese team to win it and claim third place in the tournament.
South Korea Will End the Dream
One of the biggest stories in the LLWS has been the journey of JRW. In a summer filled with negative storylines from the south side of Chicago, the boys have been a ray of light for the community.
They have already accomplished so much, and that will unfortunately have to be enough.
South Korea is a complete team with good hitters and great arms. The team is undefeated thus far at the LLWS, and the program hasn't lost a game any time it has qualified to reach Williamsport.
While there have been some cracks shown from South Korea in the areas of plate discipline and fielding, it has overcome these issues and continued to win.
Most in the United States will be rooting for JRW to pull the upset, but it isn't likely to be in the cards.