South Korea downs Illinois, bags LLWS title

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

South Williamsport, PA, United States (4E Sports) – Dong Wan Sin went 2-for-3 with a home run as South Korea bagged the Little League World Series title after beating Illinois, 8-4, Sunday.

Gyu Heon Kwon added two hits while Jae Yeong Hwang collected two RBIs as the South Koreans ended a 29-year title drought after winning their third championship.

South Korea, representing the Asia-Pacific group, went 5-0 in the LLWS, with its powerful offense that averaged more than eight runs per game.

However, the South Koreans showcased more that just their offense as pitchers Jae Yeong Hwang and Hae Chan Cho limited Illinois to just two hits through the first five innings.

The South Koreans also displayed their potent offense as they took an 8-1 lead after scoring four runs in the sixth.

Illinois tried to come back with three runs in the seventh but the rally fell short.

The United States last had a champion in this event in 2011, when a team from California took home the title. Each of the previous two seasons champions hailed from Tokyo.

Meanwhile, Takuma Takahashi tossed a shutout to help Japan bag third place with a 5-0 victory over Nevada.

Takahashi fanned 11 batters and was solid at the plate, going 2-for-3 with a homer and a single.

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