South Williamsport, PA, United States (4E Sports) – South Korea defeated Japan, 12-3, while Chicago toppled Nevada, 7-5, to set up the finalists for the 2014 Little League World Series Championship Sunday at Lamade Stadium.
A seven-run second inning allowed South Korea to race to an 8-1 lead in the international championship.
Dong Wan Sin had a three-run single while Hae Chan Choi also brought in two runs on a double during the inning.
Defending champion Japan didn’t record a hit until the third inning and didn’t score until the fourth inning.
In the Unied States final, hits by Zach Hare, Austin Kryszczuk and Brennan Holligan put Nevada up 3-0.
Chicago answered with Trey Hondras’ two-run homer and Darion Radcliff’s RBI single in the bottom of the frame to tie the game.
A Trey Hondras single in the second put Chicago up 4-3, but Nevada answered with Brad Stone’s line drive that brought in two runs in the fifth inning to grab the lead back at 5-4.
In the bottom of the fifth, Joshua Houston’s line single tied the game before Brandon Green’s hit gave Chicago a 6-5 lead.
Howard’s bouncer brought home Green for the final 7-5 margin.
Houston pitched five innings for Chicago.