The 2018 Little League World Series rolled on Wednesday with play in both the United States and International brackets at Lamade Stadium and Volunteer Stadium in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.
Day 6 featured the winners' bracket final in each tournament as well as a pair of elimination games. Only six teams will remain in championship contention at day's end.
Let's check out the complete list of games and results from Wednesday's LLWS slate, which will be updated through the conclusion of play. That's followed by a recap of the action.
Aug. 22 Schedule and Results
Game 21: Caribbean 9, Canada 4
Game 22: Southeast 4, Great Lakes 3
Game 23: Asia-Pacific 10, Japan 0
Game 24: West 10, Mid-Atlantic 0
Caribbean (Puerto Rico) 9, Canada 4
Carlos De Jesus crushed two home runs to lead an offensive outburst from Puerto Rico, which advanced to the International losers' bracket final with a victory over Canada.
De Jesus finished the day with three RBI and three runs scored. Six other players for the Caribbean squad recorded a hit and five others scored at least one run as part of the well-rounded performance.
Eric Rodriguez struck out six Canadian hitters while allowing just one run over 4.1 innings to get the win.
Dio Gama tallied two hits and two RBI for Canada. Nate Colina also had a pair of knocks.
Puerto Rico is set to take on Japan for a berth in the International title game.
Southeast (Georgia) 4, Great Lakes (Michigan) 3
Georgia scored all four of its runs over the first two innings, and starting pitcher Jansen Kenty showcased ace form over the final three frames to keep the Southeast region's representative in the title hunt.
The top of the Georgia order did its job setting the table by getting on base and scoring three of the team's four runs. Jack Ryan delivered a two-RBI single in the first to grab the lead, and although Michigan did tie the game, the Southeast never trailed in the contest.
Kenty settled in after an up-and-down start to pitch a complete game with no walks and nine strikeouts, including on dangerous cleanup hitter Brennan Hill for the final out, to pick up the win.
Jarren Purify and Oliver Service each hit home runs for Michigan.
Georgia, which has won three straight games since losing its opener, will face either New York in the penultimate matchup in the U.S. bracket.
Asia-Pacific 10, Japan 0
Asia-Pacific's powerful lineup only needed four innings to defeat Japan, 10-0.
The victors pushed across a quick four runs in the first inning thanks largely to a bases-clearing double by Yeong Hyeon Kim and put things on cruise control from there. Ji Hyung Choi added a two-run homer in the second and went 3-for-3 on the day as a force at the plate.
Asia-Pacific then pushed across four runs to win it in the fourth with Kim providing the game-winning two-RBI double.
It was fitting he won the game seeing how he also starred on the mound. Kim allowed just a single hit in four innings of work while striking out 10, demonstrating his two-way ability to control a game.
West 10 (Hawaii), Mid-Atlantic (New York) 0
Like Asia-Pacific, the West team didn't need the entire game to win by expanding its lead to 10-0 in its contest against Mid-Atlantic.
The West scored two quick runs in the first inning on hit by pitches with the bases loaded and then seized firm control with five runs in the second. Sean Yamaguchi blasted a grand slam in the five-run outburst, serving as the game's star at the plate.
The West won with a wild pitch in the fifth, bringing things full circle to when it did early damage with hit by pitches.
Aukai Kea's pitching was overshadowed by his team's offense, but he threw 4.1 shutouts innings with six strikeouts before handing the ball to Ka'olu Holt for the final two-thirds of an inning of work.