Sunday marks the final day of the 2014 Little League World Series after Saturday crowned winners in the U.S. and international championships.
The usual suspects are in attendance in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, although it will be strange to see Japan—last year's winner and an annual powerhouse—in the consolation contest.
Illinois and South Korea will put it all on the line Sunday in a showdown that fans won't want to miss thanks to potent offenses at the plate and efficient arms on the mound. Here is how to catch the action.
2014 Little League World Series Day 10 Schedule
|Aug. 24||10 a.m.||3rd-Place Game||Nevada vs. Japan||Japan|
|Aug. 24||3 p.m.||World Championship||Illinois vs. South Korea||Illinois|
You can view an updated Little League World Series bracket here. Games are available for live stream on ESPN3.com.
Two teams that did the unthinkable. One title.
For South Korea, the run has been downright inspiring. In the face of an international bracket that threw everything it had in the team's way, the players rallied and took down Japan twice to play in Sunday's most important contest.
After a 4-2 win that set Japan against Mexico—to a lopsided 12-1 result—South Korea once again had to turn back the Pacific Rim juggernaut in the International Championship.
Seven runs on three hits in the second inning by South Korea punched its ticket to the title game. Jae Yeong Hwang, a familiar name by now, went two innings and struck out four batters, while Dong Wan Sin and Hae Chan Choi drove in three runs apiece in the ugly contest.
South Korea's opponent, Illinois, has overcome just as much adversity.
Against an explosive Nevada offense that posted wins in 12-2, 13-2 and 8-1 fashion—not to mention taking down Mo'ne Davis in the process—Illinois was able to mostly silence the team's bats en route to a win.
The group from Jackie Robinson West put on a comeback bid Saturday and got five innings of work and as many strikeouts from Joshua Houston on the mound, while Trey Hondras posted a game-high three RBI.
The players understand what the dramatic run means for their home state.
"We saw people dancing in the streets," said Hondras, per ESPN.com. "I swear it looked like Michael (Jordan) was still playing back there."
In a battle between two teams that are evenly matched on paper and have overcome plenty of hurdles to make it to this point, something has to give.
It is clear both teams are more than deserving of winning it all, so Sunday's final game is sure to be a thriller that comes down to a handful of deciding plays. Don't miss out.
Note: All statistics and info courtesy of LLBWS.org unless otherwise specified.