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Chicago defeats Las Vegas to win LLWS U.S. title

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Chicago's Jackie Robinson West defeated Las Vegas's Mountain Ridge 7-5 on Saturday to win the U.S. championship at the Little League World Series.

In a rematch of a 13-2, four-inning rout by Las Vegas last Sunday, Chicago once again faced a deficit after the first inning. Las Vegas's Drew Laspaluto hit a bases-clearing double to give his team a 3-0 lead.

But Chicago came back to tie the game in the bottom of the first and took the lead in the second on an RBI single by Trey Hondras.

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Brad Stone hit a two-run home run to allow Las Vegas to regain a 5-4 lead in the fifth, but again Chicago answered immediately in the bottom of the inning, scoring the game's three decisive runs.

Jackie Robinson West moves on to play South Korea in the Little League World Series Championship at 3 p.m. ET on Sunday. South Korea defeated Japan 12-3 in the international final.

Ben Estes