The Little League team that could, Jackie Robinson West, is moving on to the World Championship game against South Korea.
On August 24, Jackie Robinson West Little League defeated Mountain Ridge Little League from Las Vegas 7-5, and the 13 kids from the South Side of Chicago are moving on to win the title in a match against the team from South Korea.
Jackie Robinson West Advances To Little League World Series Final Vs South Korea
Mountain Ridge were previously undefeated until the Aug. 24 game; in fact, they had even defeated Jackie Robinson West earlier in the series on Aug. 17, 12-3.
Called “the pride of Chicago” by mayor Rahm Emmanuel, these underdogs have been one of the biggest stories out of the Little League World Series — aside from 13-year-old superstar Mo’ne Davis, of course.
Jackie Robinson West The First All African-American Team To Play In The Championship Game
Jackie Robinson West is a member of the Urban Initiative which funds Little League programs in needy areas, and no one could have anticipated that the team would make it so far into the series. As the first all African-American team from to play in the championship game, they’ll also be the first in the World finals.
As Jackie Robinson West gears up for the final against South Korea, they just might be the first team from Illinois to win the entire tournament.
South Korea, for their part, made their way into the finals with a 12-3 win over Japan; it won’t be an easy game, to be sure, but either way, it will be a record-breaking one that America is watching.
The history-making game is scheduled for Aug. 24.
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— Amanda Mitchell