This one is for all the marbles. After an exciting tournament including regional play and heart-pounding double-elimination action, only Chicago's Jackie Robinson West and South Korea remain to face off in the coveted 2014 Little League World Series Championship.
Chicago squeezed past Las Vegas Mountain Ridge by a score of 7-5 in the U.S. Championship thanks to a three-run fifth inning, and South Korea dominated Japan to the tune of 12-3 in the International Championship, setting up what promises to be an epic title game.
Throughout the tournament, these young athletes have shown the competitive edge that's sometimes absent on the professional level—that's what makes the Little League World Series one of the greatest sporting events each year.
Let's overview Sunday's schedule to ensure not a single pitch is missed during the upcoming final contest.
What: Little League World Series Championship
Where: Lamade Stadium in Williamsport, PA
When: Sunday, Aug. 24
Time: 3 p.m. ET
TV Info: ABC
Live Stream: WatchESPN
The 2014 Little League World Series championship features two teams that have been to the big dance before. However, it's been a while.
According to ESPN Stats & Info, Illinois will make its fourth championship appearance, but there's been quite a gap since its last appearance:
Illinois advances to its 4th LLWS championship game + first since 1967 #LLWS2014— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) August 23, 2014
South Korea had quite a dominant team roughly 30 years ago, winning back-to-back championships in 1984 and 1985, although it hasn't returned since.
During a press conference, via ESPN.com, team manager Jong Wook Park shared his thoughts:
"People back home just cheer for us. We'd like to win as much as possible, but just to be here is winning already."
The South Korean team is quite talented—it features a nice mix of solid pitching and strong bats—and Illinois will have its work cut out after winning several close contests en route to the final.
ESPN's RJ Bell noted just how big of an underdog Illinois is:
One advantage the United States' representative will have is playing on American soil. Take a look at how the country has rallied around these athletes, via the Chicago Cubs' official Twitter account:
This championship game will certainly bring plenty of excitement, but regardless of the outcome, the athletes comprising the contest should be commended for their ambition, drive and determination throughout what's been a thrilling tournament.