With spot in championship game up for grabs, Honolulu Little League to face Michigan in Saturday’s LLWS Hank Aaron bracket finals

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Honolulu’s Eli Lopa (8) scores as Taylor, Mich., pitcher Ethan Van Belle (13) covers the plate during the second inning of a baseball game at the Little League World Series in South Williamsport, Pa., Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2021. Hawaii won 2-0. (AP Photo/Tom E. Puskar)

The Little League World Series is now down to just four teams.

Honolulu Little League will have a rematch with Michigan’s Taylor North Little League in Saturday’s Hank Aaron bracket finals at 9:30 a.m. HST on ESPN.

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Honolulu advanced to Saturday’s game with a 2-0 victory over Michigan on Wednesday. Michigan then had to play Texas on Thursday to avoid elimination, and the Great Lakes region winners did just that with a 15-6 win.

Saturday’s Hank Aaron championship is one of two de facto Little League World Series semifinals in the 16-team field after it was decided there would be no international teams in the 2021 edition of the tournament due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The other semifinal is the Tom Seaver bracket final between Ohio and South Dakota, which takes place at 6:30 a.m. on Saturday.

The winner of both bracket finals will advance to the Little League World Series championship game, which begins at 9 a.m. HST on Sunday and will be televised live on ABC. The loser of Saturday’s games will meet in the third place game, which begins at 4 a.m. HST on Sunday.

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