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

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistAugust 22, 2019

Curacao's Clay Winklaar (looking up), center, celebrates as he crosses home plate and is greeted by teammates after hitting a grand slam off South Korea's Jinwon Na, left, during the first inning of an elimination baseball game at the Little League World Series tournament in South Williamsport, Pa., Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
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The final two spots in the 2019 Little League World Series championship games are at stake with Thursday's doubleheader from Williamsport, Pennsylvania. 

Hawaii and Japan have already clinched a berth in the United States and international title games, respectively. The Japanese squad got there with a win over South Korea. Hawaii capped off Wednesday's action with a 12-9 win over Virginia. 

Here are the results from Thursday's matchups, as well as a look at the championship game schedule. 

2019 Little League World Series Results - Aug. 22

International Bracket: Curacao def. South Korea, 5-3

United States Bracket: Louisiana def. Virginia, 10-0 (five innings)

2019 Little League World Series Championship Games - Aug. 24

International Title Game: Japan vs. Curacao, 12:30 p.m. ET

United States Title Game: Hawaii vs. Louisiana, 3:30 p.m. ET

Results

Curacao 5, South Korea 3

Curacao will play for the international championship thanks to its 5-3 win over South Korea. 

Most of the offense for both teams came in the first inning. South Korea got things started on Suho Yang's RBI triple in the top half of the frame. The lead didn't last long when Clay Winklaar responded with a grand slam in the bottom of the first. 

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Following a scoreless second inning, South Korea was able to cut into the deficit with two runs in the third. Hyeonjin Lim drew a bases-loaded walk and Yang crossed the plate on a passed ball by Curacao starter Jurdrick Profar.

Curley Martha provided an insurance run for Curacao in the bottom of the third with a solo homer off Jinwon Na. 

Martha capped off his memorable day by taking over for Profar on the mound in the fifth inning. He recorded the final five outs of the game, all via strikeout. 

Curacao advances to take on Japan Saturday with a berth in the world championship game up for grabs. This will be the first matchup between these two teams in the Little League World Series. Japan has gone 3-0 and outscored its opponents 32-2 in the international bracket. 

This marks Curacao's first appearance in the international title game since 2007.

    

Louisiana 10, Virginia 0 (5 innings)

Marshall Louque tossed five no-hit innings and Reece Roussel went 4-for-4 with a grand slam and five RBI as Louisiana cruised into the United States championship game with a 10-0 win over Virginia.

Louque struck out eight and walked just one batter. Roussel smacked three doubles in addition to his grand slam, which gave Louisiana a 5-0 edge in the fourth inning.

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Louisiana kept the fourth-inning rally going, scoring seven runs in total to take an 8-0 lead into the fifth. After Virginia went down in order, the Southeast regional representatives plated two in the bottom half of the frame for the 10-0 mercy-rule victory.

Gavin Berry stroked a two-run double for Louisiana, and Ryder Planchard added two hits. Louque contributed a double and two runs in addition to his masterful pitching performance.

Louisiana now advances to the United States championship game against Hawaii. A Louisiana victory there would mark the first time a representative from the state has made the Little League World Series title game.