Curacao to face Louisiana for Little League championship | AP sports

Curacao to face Louisiana for Little League championship | AP sports

That's when Louisiana broke out to score five runs. In the fifth inning Jeffery Curtis got it started with the lead off double, he would score by a RBI single by Ryder Planchard.

MARK NANCE/Sun-Gazette Louisiana third baseman Marshall Louque throws to firs base in the third inning.

Louisiana added four more runs in the sixth. The tying run was at the plate when the game ended.

In a drama-filled worldwide championship, Curacao edged Japan 5-4 to reach just its third Little League championship, thanks to the performances of Curley Martha and Shendrion Martinus. Louisiana was last in a United States championship game in 2008.

The offensive breakthrough came in the fifth inning for Louisiana as the club representing the Southwest region scored four runs on four hits to seize control.

With Louisiana's victory, USA teams have won back-to-back Little League crowns for the first time since 2009, when a team from Chula Vista, California, capped off a streak of five straight championships for the United States.

That sets up a world championship battle against Louisiana. Prather struckout six of Curacao's batters and only allowed two hits and two walks throughout the game.

Curacao pulled off the upset behind some clutch hitting and pitching.

Jurdrick Profar, the youngest brother of Oakland Athletics infielder Jurickson Profar, continued his strong tournament by reaching base twice and scoring two of Curacao's runs. A Little League title is on the line.

Louisiana will take on Curacao on Sunday for the Little League World Series championship.

The River Ridge Rattlers walloped the global champions from Willemstad, Curacao - an island in the Caribbean - by a dominating score of 8-0 during their championship matchup at Howard J. Lamade Stadium in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.



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