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Little League World Series 2019: Wednesday Scores, Bracket Results, Highlights

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistAugust 21, 2019

River Ridge, Louisiana's Conner Perrot celebrates as he stands on second base after driving in two runs with a double off Coon Rapids, Minnesota's Carson Trim in the fourth inning of an elimination baseball game at the Little League World Series tournament in South Williamsport, Pa., Monday, Aug. 19, 2019. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
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Wednesday marks the most important day of the 2019 Little League World Series yet, with spots in the United States and international championship games on the line. 

The stakes couldn't be higher in all three games on the schedule, starting with the opener between Louisiana and New Jersey. The loser will be eliminated from the tournament, while the winner is guaranteed to play at least one more time. 

In the afternoon matchups, South Korea and Japan will go head-to-head to secure a spot in the international title game Saturday. Virginia and Hawaii will close things out, with the first berth in the U.S. title game going to the winner. 

      

2019 Little League World Series Results - Aug. 21

United States Bracket: Louisiana def. New Jersey, 4-1

International Bracket: Japan def. South Korea, 7-2

United States Bracket: Hawaii def. Virginia, 12-9

     

Results

Hawaii 12, Virginia 9

The state of Hawaii is still in the running to repeat as Little League World Series champions after the squad from Central East Maui outlasted Virginia 12-8. 

Hawaii's bats were hot from the jump, scoring five in the top of the first through fielding errors and a two-run double by Shiloh Gilliland. Virginia pulled two back in the bottom of the opening frame, but Hawaii was relentless and extended their lead to 8-2 in the top of the third.

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That's when Virginia showed their grit, tying the game 8-8 with a six-run bottom of the third. Virginia's rally was fueled by a fielding error, a wild pitch and three singles. 

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We got a tight one, with both teams’ families on the edge of their seats. #LLWS https://t.co/ayoTUeMSK8

Hawaii took the lead for what would be the final time in the top of the fourth when Gilliland showed up again with an RBI single. Jaren Pascual poured on with a two-run double in the top of the fifth, and Logan Kuloloia plated Hawaii's last run by forcing a fielder's error on a ground ball that allowed Pascual to score. 

Hawaii's three-run top of the fifth proved crucial when Virginia managed to score one in the bottom of the sixth. 

Virginia had previously outscored Rhode Island and Minnesota 14-0 before facing Hawaii and will now play an elimination game against Louisiana on Thursday to determine which team will meet Hawaii in the U.S. final.

Japan 7, South Korea 2

For the third straight year, Japan will play for the international championship thanks to its 7-2 win over South Korea. 

South Korea was able to end Japan's shutout streak in the Little League World Series at 11 innings thanks to Jinwon Na's leadoff homer to start the game. 

Japan immediately responded in the bottom of the first on Daiki Kobari's two-run double. After Gibeom Jung tied the score with a solo blast in the second, Japan closed the game by scoring five unanswered runs. 

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South Korea🇰🇷 with home runs in back-to-back innings! #LLWS https://t.co/9uT9zHQThP

Yuto Kakeba delivered the go-ahead two-run double for Japan in the bottom of the third. In the fifth, Taishi Kawaguchi provided insurance with a single that scored two more runs. 

On the mound, Kawaguchi and Yuto Misaki limited South Korea's offense to two runs on three hits.

With the win, Japan has earned two days off before playing for the international crown Saturday. South Korea can earn a second matchup with Japan if it can defeat Curacao in an elimination game tomorrow. 

South Korea already owns a 4-0 victory over Curacao on Aug. 18 when Na and Suho Yang had 12 strikeouts and gave up one hit. 

  

Louisiana 4, New Jersey 1

Egan Prather's pitching carried Louisana to a 4-1 victory over New Jersey and one step closer to a spot in the U.S. title game. 

In 5.1 innings of work, Prather allowed just one hit and struck out 10 before being pulled after 66 pitches. If Louisiana continues to advance, the next time he will be eligible to pitch is Sunday in the world championship. 

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While Prather was taking care of business on the mound, Louisana took advantage of some defensive miscues by New Jersey to score four unearned runs on three errors. 

New Jersey starting pitcher J.R. Rosado was terrific, tossing a complete game with seven strikeouts and three hits allowed. 

The loss ends New Jersey's memorable tournament run that included four straight wins, three by shutout, to make it out of the Mid-Atlantic regional. 

Louisiana is guaranteed at least one more game in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, Thursday against Virginia, who lost to Hawaii later Wednesday night.