There is just one spot left in the Little League World Series championship game, and it comes down to the United States final between Texas and California.
Texas (Southwest) owns a perfect 4-0 at the tournament so far, which includes a previous win over California. The pitching of the Needville Little League team has been the story, as Texas has given up just four runs so far at the competition.
A thrilling 1-0 victory in extra innings over Washington on Wednesday propelled Texas to the final.
Opposing the Texans is California (West), who defeated Washington on Thursday to set up a date with Texas in the final. The El Segundo Little League group is led by Louis Lappe, a 6-1 two-way threat who has terrorized pitchers in this tournament.
Texas previously beat California 3-1 in the U.S. side of the bracket, the only loss suffered so far by the West squad.
The victor advances to the LLWS championship and will face Curacao (Caribbean) on Sunday. Curacao defeated Chinese Taipei (Asia-Pacific) 2-0 earlier on Saturday in the international final.
Here is everything you need to know to watch the 2023 Little League World Series international final:
Little League World Series live updates, highlights from Texas vs. California
Top of fifth inning
5:15 p.m.: Easton Ondruch draws the walk, and ball four is a passed ball that scores Jablonski from third. Texas is finally on the board. California 3, Texas 1.
5:13 p.m.: Jablonski does it with the bat, as he sends the ball off the wall for a double. He advances to third on an errant throw, and Texas is threatening early in the fifth inning down by three.
Bottom of fourth inning
5:08 p.m.: A huge recovery by Jablonski, as he strikes out Ollie Parks to work out of a bases loaded jam. California leaves three men on base as the game remains 3-0.
5:07 p.m.: Quinn Boehle gets caught waiving at an off speed pitch by Jablonski for the strikeout.
5:05 p.m.: Crew O’Connor gets hit by a pitch, and the bases are now loaded for California.
5:04 p.m.: Declan McRoberts is retired for the first out of the inning.
5:03 p.m.: Max Baker drops a single into center field to move Keldorf over to third. California has runners on the corner with no one out.
5:01 p.m.: Lucas Keldorf is just inches away from a home run, launching the ball and hitting it right off the top of the wall in left field for a double.
Top of fourth inning
4:54 p.m.: Three batters, three strikeouts for Lappe as he gets Dalyn Martin for his fifth consecutive K.
4:54 p.m.: Jagger McRae strikes out and that’s now four K’s in a row for Lappe, six total on the day for the California pitcher.
4:53 p.m.: Corbin Riddle starts out the fourth by striking out.
Bottom of third inning
4:48 p.m.: Jaxon Kalish fouls out to third base to end the inning, but California extends its lead to 3-0 thanks to the bat of Lappe.
4:47 p.m.: The top of the order comes through for California, as Lappe drives in both Lee and Brooks with an RBI single up the middle. He advances to second on the throw home. California 3, Texas 0.
4:44 p.m.: Brody Brooks continues to be dangerous at the dish, as he rips a two-out double to the right-center gap. Lee races around to third, giving California two runners in scoring position for Lappe with two outs.
4:43 p.m.: Jablonski bounces back and sits down Lennon Salazar on strikes.
4:41 p.m.: Colby Lee draws a one-out walk to give California a runner on base in the third.
4:40 p.m.: Finley Green pops out to the catcher Easton Benge.
Top of third inning
4:35 p.m.: Lappe records his second straight three-batter inning, as Cade Hammonds strikes out looking.
4:34 p.m.: Heath Filipp strikes out, the third K of the day for Lappe.
4:33 p.m.: Jayson Arispe pops out to Colby Lee at second base.
Bottom of second inning
4:29 p.m.: Jablonski and Texas escape the two-out jam by getting Ollie Parks to fly out to center.
4:29 p.m.: Quinn Boehle pops one to shallow left field but Michael Raven is unable to come up with the diving catch. McRoberts advances to third and Boehle pulls into second to give California two runners in scoring position with two outs.
4:27 p.m.: Crew O’Connor looks at strike three on the inside corner.
4:25 p.m.: Declan McRoberts draws a walk and California has a base runner on with one out.
4:23 p.m.: Max Baker flies out to Dalyn Martin at shortstop
Top of second inning
4:18 p.m.: Three up, three down for Lappe, as Michael Raven grounds out to Brooks at shortstop.
4:17 p.m.: Lappe gets Jakolby White to chase a breaking ball outside for his second strikeout of the inning.
4:17 p.m.: Colten Georgi tries to check his swing, but goes around for strike three.
Bottom of first inning
4:11 p.m.: Lucas Keldorf flies out to end the inning, but California gets on the baord first thanks to the Brooks solo shot.
4:09 p.m.: Jaxon Kalish chases a slider and Jablonski secures his second strikeout.
4:07 p.m.: Jablonski gets Lappe to fly out to right field for the first out of the inning.
4:06 p.m.: First batter, first run scored for California as Brody Brooks rips an elevated 1-2 fastball over the center field fence. That’s Brooks’ third home run of the tournament, putting him a tie for the team lead with Louis Lappe. California 1, Texas 0.
Bro(dy) has no chill🥶
— Little League (@LittleLeague) August 26, 2023
4:06 p.m.: DJ Jablonski takes the mound for Texas.
Top of first inning
4 p.m.: Easton Benge slaps a line drive to the left-center gap, but a good jump by Ollie Parks in left field ensures he gets there in time for the third out of the inning. Texas leaves two runners on base without getting one across.
3:59 p.m.: Easton Ondruch rips a grounder to second base that goes off the glove of Lee, and Ondruch gets credited with a single. Two men and two out for Texas.
3:57 p.m.: DJ Jablonski sends a grounder to Brody Brooks at shortstop, but he uses his speed to beat the throw to first. The slight hesitation by Brooks gave Jablonski the time needed to get down the line safely.
3:56 p.m.: Dalyn Martin follows up McRae by also grounding out to Lee at second base.
3:55 p.m.: Jagger McRae starts off the top of the first by grounding out to Colby Lee at second base. A nice sliding play made by the California infielder.
3:55 p.m.: First pitch is thrown and the U.S. final at the 2023 LLWS is underway! Louis Lappe is on the mound for California to start the game.
What time does Texas vs. California start today?
- Date: Saturday, Aug. 26
- Time: 3:30 p.m. ET
The U.S. portion of the LLWS bracket will conclude with its final on Saturday, Aug. 26.
The championship contest is scheduled to take place at 3:30 p.m. ET from Lamade Stadium.
What channel is Texas vs. California on today?
- TV channel: ABC
- Live stream: Fubo | ESPN+
The U.S. final of the 2023 Little League World Series will air live on ABC. It is the second of the three championship games that will be broadcast on the channel.
For the fans looking to stream the action, live streaming the game is available on ESPN+ or Fubo, which offers a free trial to new subscribers.
Little League World Series rosters
Here are the rosters for Texas and California, who are meeting for a spot in the Little League World Series championship final:
Coaching staff: Andy McRae (manager), Joey Benge, Clint Jablonski
Coaching staff: Danny Boehle (manager), Tim Abrams, Eddie Lee