South Korea, New York win
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, PA. >> Seum Kwon had two home runs and three RBIs, Sangheon Park struck out nine and South Korea beat Mexico 7-0 on Thursday to advance to the international championship game of the Little League World Series.
Kwon hit a solo shot over the left-center wall to give Seoul a 1-0 lead in the first inning and he hammered the first pitch he saw in the second for a two-run homer.
Jaekyeong Kim also homered — with two on — in the second and Yoomin Lee came home on a wild pitch in the fourth.
Park was replaced in the fourth after throwing just 48 pitches in order to stay eligible to pitch on Sunday. Wontae Cho didn't allow a hit in two innings of relief.
Gael Isaac Cortez singled up the middle in the first inning for Mexico's only hit.
South Korea, which recorded its third shutout of the LLWS, will play Panama on Saturday.
New York 13, Kentucky 10
Jude Abbadessa was 5 for 5 with six RBIs to lead Endwell, New York past Bowling Green, Kentucky 13-10 on Wednesday night for a place in the U.S. championship game of the Little League World Series.
Abbadessa hit a two-run homer to center field to give New York a 4-3 lead in the second inning. Conner Rush walked with two outs, got to second and third on wild pitches, and scored on Jack Hopko's single for a 5-3 lead.
New York put runners on first and third with two outs in the third to chase Kentucky starter Devin Obee. On the second pitch from the reliever, Abbadessa had a RBI double to left field for a 6-4 lead and scored on Rush's bases-loaded, two-run single.
Abbadessa sent a two-out, two-run double down the left-field line in the fourth to give New York a 10-8 lead.
New York had runners on the corners with two outs in the fifth when Jordan Owens hit it off the glove of the pitcher to score Hopko. Michael Mancini sent the next pitch to center, driving in Jayden Fanara from second for a 12-10 lead. Two pitches later, Abbadessa had an infield single to score Owens.