Hawaii wins Little League World Championship
A two-hit, complete-game shutout from Ka’olu Holt and a first-inning home run from Mana Lau Kong led the team from Honolulu Little League to a 3-0 victory over South Korea to win the Little League World Series title Sunday in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.
Hawaii (5-0 in the tournament, 14-0 on the season), held its opponents scoreless in four of its five victories and closed out the tournament with 17 consecutive shutout innings.
Holt threw 79 pitches Sunday, striking out eight and walking one against South Korea (4-1). Hawai’i’s pitching staff finished with an ERA of 0.35 as the team outscored its opponents, 26-3.
Hawaii’s championship run came with a 2-0 win over Georgia, an 8-3 win over Michigan, a 10-0 win over New York, a 3-0 win over Georgia and Sunday’s 3-0 win over South Korea, according to ESPN.
Hawai’i, now 3-1 in championship games, became the seventh U.S. state to win at least three LLWS titles.
The 3-0 victory was the first shutout in a title game since 2002.
Former president Barack Obama took to Twitter Sunday night to congratulate the team, writing “You make America very proud.”