Friday, January 19, 2018
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South Korea beats Chicago for Little League World Series title

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — Jae Yeong Hwang drove in two runs and Hae Chan Choi weathered a late Chicago rally to lead South Korea to an 8-4 victory Sunday and the Little League World Series championship.

"I want to go to the Blue House (the White House of Korea) and meet the president," said outfielder Don Wan Sin, who hit a solo homer in the fifth.

Hwang struck out four in two innings before leaving with an illness, and he drove in South Korea's first two runs as it built an 8-1 lead.

Choi, who had a homer and scored twice, pitched the last four innings. But he said he got a little nervous after Chicago collected four of its six hits and scored three times in the final inning.

"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)."

South Korea has won the title all three times it has reached the Series, including 1984 and 1985, and is 11-0 in Series play. International teams have won the past three titles and four of the past five.

Brandon Green went 5⅔ innings for Chicago, which had survived four straight knockout games before the final. "(We) felt like we had a chance even when we were down 8-1," Chicago manager Darold Butler said. "(South Korea) had a pretty good game. They were the better team (Sunday)."

The Jackie Robinson West All Stars, made up of all black players, made their first appearance in 31 years in the World Series. The team's journey has been an inspiration for many in a part of Chicago that has grappled with poverty and gang violence.

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