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In that fourth inning, though, the U.S. champs strung together three singles, highlighted by an RBI by Conner Rush. They also scored on a wild pitch to take a 2-0 lead.
Rush's run-scoring bloop single was historic, as it marked the first time in LLWS history that a team from South Korea had trailed in the title game. South Korea had won all three of their previous final appearances (1984-85, 2014) and never trailed in any of those three contests.
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New York starter Ryan Harlost, meanwhile, held South Korea in check, not allowing a run until a homer to pinch-hitter Yoomin Lee in the fifth. The International champs put the tying and winning runs on base in the top of the sixth, but Harlost struck out Seoul's Minho Choi to end the game and clinch the 11- and 12-year-old Little League World Series title.
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"It feels great that we got as far as we could with a Little League team, and we finished a perfect season," Harlost said.
Maine-Endwell's victory marked the 34th overall by a United States team in the 70 tournaments that have been played since the event's inception in 1947. International teams have won the event 36 times. The last U.S. team to win the Little League World Series had been Huntington Beach, Calif., in 2011. The international champion had won the last four tournaments, including another team from Seoul in 2014. The last time a team from New York had won the Little League World Series was in 1964, when Staten Island won the championship.
Sunday's victory capped a 24-0 summer for the boys from New York's Southern Tier that captured the attention of many Americans -- including President Barack Obama.
Said New York's Jude Abbadessa: "Getting calls from famous people feels good, but to get a call from the president of the country [last night during dinner] feels amazing."
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Harlost kept the big boys from South Korea off balance all afternoon, scattering just five hits across his six-inning, complete-game outing.