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Little League World Series 2019: US, International Scores, Bracket, Highlights

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistAugust 24, 2019

Curacao's Curley Martha, center, is greeted by Shendrion Martinus, left, and Fran-J Confesor after hitting a solo home run off South Korea's Jinwon Na (13) during the third inning of a baseball game at the Little League World Series in South Williamsport, Pa., Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019. Curacao won 5-3. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
Gene J. Puskar/Associated Press

The stakes couldn't be higher Saturday in Williamsport, Pennsylvania—win and get into the Little League World Series championship game. 

For Curacao, Japan, Louisiana and Hawaii, everything is on the line. Below, we'll break down the international and United States finals. 

              

Louisiana def. Hawaii 9-5

For four innings, Hawaii and Louisiana were scoreless. Then the bats awoke.

Led by Marshall Louque's three hits and four RBI, Louisiana exploded for nine runs in the fifth and six innings and earned a 9-5 victory. It was a touch of revenge for Louisiana, which lost to Hawaii to begin the Little League World Series. 

Little League @LittleLeague

Louisiana adds to the lead! #LLWS https://t.co/K1sFmaRYX1

ESPN @espn

Louisiana takes the 5-0 lead in the 5th inning of the #LLWS United States Final! https://t.co/wWSSyWynt8

Reece Roussel (two runs, two RBI), Egan Prather (two runs) and Stan Wiltz (two runs) had strong games as well, while William Andrade was awesome from the mound, throwing 4.2 innings of no-run, three-hit, three-strikeout ball.

Louisiana showed off some fielding skills in the victory, too:

ESPN @espn

Flashing the leather 😤 #LLWS https://t.co/kfSJvXEabY

Hawaii's bats awoke in the bottom of the sixth, loading the bases several times and pushing across five runs, aided by a number of walks and a Louisiana error. But Louisiana's lead was insurmountable, and they'll go on to face Curacao on Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m. ET with the Little League title on the line. 

             

Curacao def. Japan 5-4

Curley Martha sealed the deal for Curacao.

The slugger's two-run blast in the top of the fifth gave the Caribbean nation enough of a cushion to get past Japan on Saturday, winning 5-4. 

ESPN @espn

IT. IS. GONE. Curaçao extends their lead to 3 in the #LLWS International Final 👏 https://t.co/QjaUUa5TzA

Martha did it from the mound, too, shutting the door with 3.1 innings of pitching (two unearned runs allowed) down the stretch. He was the star for a Curacao team that became the first to ever beat South Korea and Japan in the same Little League World Series.

Curacao got off to a quick start, with Jurdrick Profar scoring on an error. They pushed two more runs across in the top of the third on a Shendrion Martinus double, appearing to pull away from their Japanese counterparts.

But Daiki Kobari's two-run double in the bottom of that inning kept things close.

ESPN @espn

Japan Brings In Two! 🇯🇵 #LLWS https://t.co/cFwpU4Ucsp

It appeared that Japan had gotten themselves back in the game that inning, and they threatened in a big way in the bottom of the sixth, loading the bases with two outs. A wild pitch and an error plated two for Japan, who found themselves down just one.

But Martha was able to bear down, forcing a lineout to left field to end the game. His late-game composure on the mound—along with his crucial two-run blast—proved too much for Japan to overcome.  

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