Taiwan will play Curacao on Saturday, August 21 in a Little League World Series semifinal to determine which team will represent the international pool in the championship against a team from the USA. The games will be broadcast live on DirecTV Stream (free trial ) and fuboTV (live broadcast).
Taiwan have yet to lose a game so far in the tournament and are outscoring their opponents 14-1. It opened with a 2-0 win over Italy and followed that up with a 7-0 loss over Panama.
In their third game, Taiwan outscored Mexico 5-1 to advance.
Curaçao had a much longer road to international showdown. After beating Nicaragua 2-0 to open the tournament, Curaçao fell 9-3 to Panama and was left out of the winners’ bracket.
Since then, Curaçao had to win four games in a row to reach the semi-final. They beat Italy 1-0, then beat Canada 4-2 and triumphed 7-2 over Nicaragua. On Thursday, Curaçao advanced after defeating Mexico 2-1, thanks to a late rally.
While Taiwan has managed to outscore opponents by 13 runs in three games in the LLWS, Curaçao has a positive run differential of just five in six games. Curacao also has two wins from one race and two wins from two races. If Saturday’s match is close, Curacao has more experience winning close matches. Curacao was the international champion in 2019 but lost in the final of the tournament. That season was the last time international teams played in the LLWS.
When is Taiwan-Curaçao?
Taiwan will play Curacao on Saturday August 27 at 11:30 am (12:30 pm).
Will the LLWS be broadcast live?
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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
Curacao’s Davey-Jay Rijke has dominated both on the mound and on the field. Rijke struck out 15 batters in Curaçao’s 7-2 victory over Nicaragua. He is ineligible to pitch this weekend due to pitch count rules. But he has been useful on the field at shortstop and has scored six runs.
In that game, Deshawn Bonafasia hit a big pinch-hit two-run single. Bonafasia is one of the tallest players on the Curaçao team, standing at 6 feet 1 inch.
On the Taiwan side, Tseng Yi-Che leads the way. He had two hits in the last game, a win over Mexico. Liao Yuan-Shu had two RBIs. He is another stalwart to look for in Saturday’s game.
Associated Press contributed to this report.