After winning the Little League World Series in 2018, Honolulu Little League is two wins away from another championship.
Standing in the way for Honolulu is a rematch with Michigan’s Taylor North Little League in the Hank Aaron bracket championship game, which begins at 9:30 a.m. HST on Saturday. Honolulu won the first matchup on Wednesday, but the stakes are much higher on Saturday.
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The winner of Saturday’s game will advance to the overall Little League World Series championship game on Sunday, where it will face Ohio’s West Side Little League, which toppled South Dakota 5-2 in the Tom Seaver finals.
Stay with KHON2 as we’ll provide live updates of Saturday’s game. Updates are below:
Taylor North Little League (Michigan) 2, Honolulu Little League 1, Final
B6: Hawaii gets a runner on base but can’t get anything else. Michigan advances and will face Ohio in the finals at 9 a.m. HST on ESPN. Hawaii will play South Dakota in the third-place game, which begins at 4 a.m HST on ESPN. Stay with KHON2 for continuing coverage.
T6: Patoc-Young does his job, holding Michigan scoreless again. It’s a do-or-die situation for Honolulu, which has three outs left and trails 2-1. Ryan Keanu is due up first for Honolulu.
B5: No runs for Honolulu, who head into the top of the sixth trailing 2-1.
T5: Patoc-Young tosses another scoreless inning. Still 2-1 Michigan heading into the bottom of the fifth.
B4: Michigan has a mid-inning pitching change as Jakob Furkas relieves Thorning, who finished with seven strikeouts in 3.1 innings of work. Furkas records the final two outs as the lead holds for Michigan.
T4: Patoc-Young takes the mound for Honolulu to start the top of the fourth and retires the side in order.
B3: Honolulu gets on the board after Kaikea Patoc-Young’s single drives in drives in Chasen Uyetake, but that’s all the runs HLL gets in the frame. Michigan leads 2-1 heading into the top of the fourth.
T3: Bennett tosses another scoreless inning as Michigan strands runners on second and third. A potential momentum shift in favor of Honolulu.
B2: A 1-2-3 inning for Thorning as Hawaii trails 2-0 after two innings.
T2: Bennett retires Michigan in order. HLL trails 2-0 heading into the bottom of the second.
Bottom of the first: Thorning gets the start on the mound and strikes out the side to hold Hawaii scoreless.
Top of the first: Bennett walks the first batter he faces and gives up a 2-run home run to Cameron Thorning, a blast to the hill in right-center field. After Bennett settles down and gets the third, Honolulu trails 2-0 heading into the bottom of the first.
Pregame: Micah Bennett is getting the start on the mound for Honolulu.