Hawaii and Tennessee are set for a rematch on Saturday, August 21, to decide which team will represent the United States in the Little League World Series championship. The game will be broadcast live on DirecTV Stream (free trial) and fuboTV (live broadcast).
Hawaii is a team that strikes early and often. The Honolulu team has outscored their opponents 42-1 in the tournament, sailing through the winners’ bracket to get to this matchup.
The trip began with an 11-1 win over Washington State in which Hawaii’s only run allowed came in the fifth inning. Hawaii, then New York hitless and Texas with one hit. Finally, the West region champion, who finished third in last year’s tournament, hit five home runs in a 13-0 win over Tennessee to earn a spot in the US final.
Hawaii coach Gerald Oda missed several games due to COVID-19 but returned for the Tennessee game.
Tennessee had been undefeated until it met Hawaii. The club from Nolensville, south of Nashville, outscored New England in the opener 5-3 and then beat Utah 11-2. Tennessee then outclassed Indiana in an extra-inning thriller before a blowout loss to Hawaii.
A complete game by Drew Chadwick against Texas helped Tennessee survive the losing bracket with a 7-1 win and earn a chance to play in Hawaii again.
When is Tennessee-Hawaii?
Tennessee will play Hawaii on Saturday, August 27 at 2:30 p.m. (3:30 p.m.).
Will the LLWS be broadcast live?
DirecTV Stream offers a free trial.
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The game will be streamed live on fuboTV, which is offering a free trial. The most basic plan is the “fubo standard” package, which comprises over 121 channels for $69.99 per month. Like all alternatives to cutting the cord, there are many options, especially for sports. It comes with 1000+ hours of cloud-based DVR and up to 10 screens at a time.
Will the LLWS be televised?
The Little League World Series will be televised on ABC.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Hawaii’s Cohen Sakamoto has led the pack in both the offensive and defensive categories, hitting .714 at the plate with 17 strikeouts and no hits allowed on the mound. Sakamoto hit two home runs in the first matchup against Tennessee, including a grand slam in the first inning.
Hawaii’s Jaron Lancaster, who sports a blonde mohawk, struck out seven in the combined no-hitter against New York and added his own safe runs with a triple and home run.
Tennessee’s Jack Rhodes opened a 2-2 tie in extra innings of the Indiana game. Rhodes has a hit in four of his five games and Tennessee will probably need big contributions from him to beat Hawaii.
FUN FACT: Hawaii has only played one complete game in this tournament. Three of the four matchups were won via the mercy rule. The pitching staff has as many wins, four, as opposing hitters have hits against them. This is Hawaii’s third semifinal appearance since 2018, when the team won it all.
Associated Press contributed to this report.