Korea looks to take home trophy at Little League Intermediate World Series
Korea will play in the final of the Little League Intermediate World Series, looking for their third title at the event, on Sunday in Livermore, California, or at 10 a.m. Monday in Korea.
The Little League Intermediate World Series was introduced in 2010 as a baseball competition for young baseball players aged 11 to 13 in Little League Baseball.
The Little League Intermediate World Series started in 2013.
The division not only offers younger players postseason tournament opportunities, including going to the World Series, but it also offers the players a chance to transition from the standard Little League field size, which has a 46-foot pitching distance and 60-foot base paths, to the Junior and Senior field size, which has a 60-foot, 6-inch pitching distance and 90-foot base paths.
For the Little League Intermediate World Series, a total of 12 teams are divided into two pools. Pool A consists of five regions in the United States while Pool B is made of six international regions, including Korea, that represent the Asia-pacific region.
To advance to the World Series, Korea had won both qualifiers against the Philippines held in Hwaseong, Gyeonggi, on June 30 and July 1. Korea won 20-2 on June 30 and 11-1 the next day.
Then in Livermore, California, Korea topped Pool B after beating all six international teams: Canada, Latin America, Australia, Europe-Africa and Puerto Rico.
On July 31, Korea beat Canada 15-0, then on Aug. 1 beat Latin America 7-0. On Aug. 3, Korea beat Puerto Rico 5-3.
Korea beat Puerto Rico 12-4 in Pool B on Saturday to top Pool B while California beat West Region 5–0 in Pool A to reach the finals.
Korea will face California on Sunday for the chance to win their third trophy.
Since the Little League Intermediate World Series began in 2013, Korea is the only team to have multiple titles at the event, having won in 2015 and 2018.
In 2015, Korea beat Florida 10-5 in the finals, and in 2018 Korea beat hosts California 10-5 to win the trophy.
Korea finished runner-up in 2016 after losing 10-5 against Hawaii. Because the last two competitions scheduled for 2020 and 2021 were canceled due to Covid-19, the reigning champions are Alabama, who beat Mexico 9-5 in 2019 to win the trophy.
The final match will be broadcast live throughout the United States on ESPN+.
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