Earlier losses for West Region champ Petaluma, Calif., and Latin America titlist Aguadulce, Panama, don't matter now.
Both teams are one victory away from the Little League Baseball World Series championship game after victories Thursday at Lamade Stadium put each in Saturday's United States and International title games, respectively.
California defeated Southwest Region champ San Antonio, Texas, 11-1 in five innings, after Panama edged Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, Mexico, 2-1.
Today is an off day for the Series, before Saturday's games at Lamade Stadium. The International title game will start at 12:30 p.m. and pit Panama against the Kitasuna LL from Tokyo, Japan. The United States game will follow at 3:30 p.m. with California playing Southeast champ Goodlettsville, Tenn.
The championship will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at Lamade Stadium on ABC.
Thanks to the modified double-elimination format that eliminates "if" games at this stage, either Tennessee or Japan now could be eliminated with just one loss.
The United States title game will be a rematch from Sunday, when Tennessee beat California, 9-6. Japan and Panama have not met.
Today, California manager Eric Smith said his team will go on a picnic excursion with other teams out of town organized by Little League. San Antonio manager Jack Wideman said his team wants to meet the Uganda players and donate equipment, including 100 bats, a bunch of gloves and cleats.
But there's something else the West players want - another trip to Dairy Queen, a promise delivered Wednesday after the team won the first of two consecutive elimination games here.
"It's scrumplediddilyumptious," Petaluma pitcher Danny Marzo said.