Chicago’s Jackie Robinson West overcame multiple deficits en route to a 7-5 victory over Nevada in the U.S. Final of the Little League World Series Saturday afternoon.
After falling behind 3-0 after an inning and 5-4 heading into the bottom half of the fifth inning, Chicago’s Joshua Houston knocked in the tying run on a single after battling through five innings of work on the mound. Chicago scored the game-winning runs on a fielder’s choice and an error later in the inning.
Ed Howard came on to get the final three outs that moved the Jackie Robinson West side into the World Championship tomorrow afternoon.
Nevada had outscored opposing teams 33-5 heading into the U.S. Final on Saturday, including a 13-2 beat down of Chicago six days ago.
Chicago will face South Korea in the World Championship.
Earlier in the afternoon, South Korea won the international championship, defeating perennial power Japan 12-3.
The South Korean side is undefeated thus far in the Little League World Series, having defeated the Czech Republic, Puerto Rico and Japan twice en route to their date tomorrow afternoon with the squad from the South Side of Chicago at Lamade Stadium in Williamsport, Pa.
First pitch is slated for 3 p.m. on ABC.