Louisiana, Curacao to face off for title of world champions

MARK NANCE/Sun-Gazette Louisiana third baseman Marshall Louque throws to firs base in the third inning.

After battling all summer through districts, sectionals, states and regionals, the last two Little League teams left standing will play today for the world championship.

Willemstad, Curacao, won the International championship game against Chofu City, Japan, and will play River Ridge, Louisiana, which won the United States title over Wailuku, Hawaii.

This is Pabao Little League’s first World Series championship appearance since the league out of Willemstad, Curacao, appeared in consecutive championships in 2004 and 2005. The league won its only title in 2004.

This is the first time a team from Louisiana has appeared in a World Series championship game. Louisiana was last in a United States championship game in 2008.

Louisiana led by seven runs entering the bottom of the sixth inning before Hawaii rallied by scoring five runs to cut the deficit to four.

Japan and Hawaii will play this morning in the consolation game at 10 a.m. at Lamade Stadium. The championship game is set for a 3 p.m. first pitch at Lamade Stadium.