Avenging a 5-2 loss in last year's Little League Intermediate World Series championship, West Seoul Little League was victorious on Sunday by defeating Tampa's Keystone LL 11-4 in the 2023 LLIWS title game at Max Baer Park in Livermore.
The game started slow for West Seoul, giving up two runs to Keystone in the first two innings. After pulling out starting pitcher Minseok Bang following the first inning, Bomin Jung pitched five innings for West Seoul and gave up just five hits and one run, while posting five strikeouts on the mound.
Facing a 2-0 deficit, West Seoul turned it up for the third and fourth innings, scoring four runs apiece to build a six-run lead and never looked back. Jihoon Park and Minjun Lee each recorded two hits and one RBI to lead the team in hitting.
West Seoul continued shutting out Keystone through the fifth inning until giving up one run in the sixth inning. With 12 total hits in the game, West Seoul had an answer to stop any momentum that Keystone built up throughout the game.
In the top of the seventh inning, West Seoul distanced themselves with a single by Sangmyeong Ahn leading to a score for Minhoo Kim, and a double by Lee allowing Ahn to score their 11th run.
Jiho Shin came in for South Korea in the bottom of the seventh inning with three out standing between West Seoul and a championship. He ultimately gave up two hits and one run while striking out two batters including the final strikeout against Keystone's Jordan Martorana on a swing to seal the 11-4 victory for West Seoul.
In six games in Livermore, West Seoul recorded 24 RBIs, 53 hits, and scored 40 runs, the most by any team in this year's tournament contested from July 30 to Aug. 6. Park led South Korea with nine hits and seven runs while also leading the team with 20 strikeouts against 47 batters in 13 innings pitched.
Bollinger Canyon LL from San Ramon represented the California D57 Region in the LLIWS, but was eliminated after losing 5-4 against Keystone in their first game and falling 5-2 in the next match against Taylor North LL from Michigan. The Tri-Valley team defeated Northwest Czech Republic LL 10-3 in a consolation game on Aug. 3.