Japan vs. South Korea is the game we’ve been itching for at LLWS

If you’ve followed Little League baseball at the international level, you’d know that South Korea and Japan have been two of the most dominating countries in Little League World Series history.

Wednesday evening, these two powerhouses will meet in what may be the most crucial game in the tournament up to this point. The winner of this game will proceed to the International Final and play Canada or the Caribbean.

※ Current Odds Date & Time: August 21st, 4:30 P.M. (EST)

Online bookmaker 5Dimes gives the Money Line to Japan at -165, with the O/U listed at 6½.

Why is South Korea/Japan such a huge matchup? Well, since 1998, Japan have competed in 13 World Series finals, winning in 8 of those years. South Korea has recently resurged into one of the powerhouses of little league, reaching the finals two of the past four years.

Both teams are 2–0 in the tournament. South Korea got off to a solid start with a 4–2 victory over the Caribbean. Their winning ways continued, dropping Mexico 5–1. Japan had a similar run to make it this far. They defeated Spain easily by mercy rule (11–1). They battled against Latin America, winning 4–2 to punch their ticket into this game.

Ji Hyung Choi and Gi Jeong Kim are two of the better hitters on South Korea. Hyung Choi has racked up 3 hits in 6 at-bats so far in the tournament, with 3 RBI. Jeong Kim also has 3 hits in tournaments but has struck out 3 times.

Japan’s roster has many talented hitters, like Shisei Fujimoto, who has hit a dinger in the tournament. Yuya Ito leads Japan with 3 RBI in two games.

It’s rare that we would know the starting pitchers or probable pitchers prior to a little league game, so time will tell what the managers will do for their respective clubs. It looks as if all pitchers will be eligible for Wednesday’s game.

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