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Published: Monday, 8/25/2014 - Updated: 3 weeks ago

S. Korea topples U.S. for Little League World Series crown

Americans fall in championship game for third straight year

ASSOCIATED PRESS

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — In the giddy moments after South Korea won the Little League World Series, outfielder Don Wan Sin realized how he wanted to celebrate.

"I want to go to the Blue House — the White House of Korea — and meet the President," Sin said, breaking up his teammates.

Just maybe Sin, who scored twice and hit a solo homer, will indeed get his wish to meet Park Geun-hye. He's famous back in his homeland — along with all of his teammates.

Jae Yeong Hwang drove in two runs and combined with Hae Chan Choi, who weathered a late Chicago rally, to lead the Asia-Pacific Region champions to an 8-4 win in Sunday's championship.

Hwang, who was removed because he wasn't feeling well, gave up one hit in two-plus innings while striking out four. He also drove in his team's first two runs as they built an 8-1 lead.

"I'm very joyful. It's a wonderful feeling," Hwang said. "I don't know why I'm even here; I didn't play very good today."

Choi, who had a homer and scored twice, pitched the last four innings for South Korea, which won its third title after back-to-back championships in 1984 and '85.

Even he got a little nervous at the end after Chicago collected four of its six hits and scored three times.

"I knew I could allow some runs," he said. "After I got the second out, I thought I could do it. But after I gave up the three runs I was [worried]."

International teams have won the last three and four of the last five titles.

Brandon Green went 5 2/​3 innings for Chicago, which had survived four straight knockout games before the final.

After the final out, a force play, the Seoul team's bench emptied and the players dumped cups of water on their teammates near the mound. The players took a victory lap, waving and laughing.

The win meant a lot to the people of South Korea, who had to watch it or get updates in the middle of the night.

"We know the time difference and that a lot of people were cheering for us," said manager Jong Wook Park. "We appreciate the people back in Korea. I told the kids that in a speech."

The game was played in bright sunshine and temperatures in the high 70s before a crowd of 28,671 at Lamade Stadium.

South Korean fans, brightly dressed in flowing satin robes of yellow and electric blue, danced with large fans in the latter innings.

Chicago couldn't come back against the powerful South Koreans, who asserted themselves early.

Leadoff hitter Choi drilled the very first pitch over the wall in right, but a few feet foul.

He then flied out deep to right.

Sin followed by smacking a screaming liner to center that slipped out of the glove of DJ Butler for a two-base error. Hwang's double brought in the first run.

With one out in the third, Choi walked and Sin singled sharply up the middle. After a double steal, Choi came home on Hwang's ground-out to third.

Hwang set down the first six Chicago hitters, four on strikeouts.

Butler broke up Hwang's no-hitter with a spinning cue shot to short that he beat out leading off the third. That was all for Hwang after he had mentioned to his coaches that he was sick between innings.

Japan takes 3rd

Takuma Takahashi struck out 11 and homered to help Japan silence Las Vegas' hot bats and win 5-0 in the third-place game.

Takahashi (2-0) never allowed a runner past first base and Las Vegas was held to three hits after scoring 38 runs in four games.



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