The Georgia vs. Hawaii game on Thursday could bring an end to pool play at the 2010 Little League World Series. Georgia vs. Hawaii is the nightcap game on the LLWS schedule tonight, with the kids taking to the field at 4 p.m. PST. The most interesting facet of this match-up, though, are the different styles these two teams employ on the field, making this an even more interesting game than the Washington vs. Texas game to many fans. The Washington vs. Texas game is at 1 p.m. PST, and will decide which team will play the winner of Georgia vs. Hawaii for the United States Championship.
The trick to the Georgia-Hawaii game is that it might not end Pool A play, because, if Hawaii can upset Georgia, they will force a re-match game on Friday. If Georgia wins, they remain undefeated, and advance to the United States Championship Game on Saturday. If either Hawaii or Georgia advances after also having to play on Friday, it could put the Pool A winner at a big disadvantage when it comes to pitching, as many pitchers are getting required rest days after reaching pitch-count limits in the first week. For instance, Washington’s best pitcher can’t pitch again in the 2010 LLWS.
We touched a bit on the differing styles of Georgia and Hawaii, making this an intriguing game in the making. Hawaii relies on good pitching and stellar defense to get the job done, while Georgia wouldn’t mind clubbing quite a few home runs on their way through the bracket. Representing the Southeast, Georgia hasn’t scored as many runs as was predicted coming out of their regional brackets, but they have several power hitters who could turn a game in Knox Carter, Kobie Buglioli, and Blake Hicks. Winning their games easily also meant that the most at-bats any kid on the Georgia team has is six so far in the tournament.
Georgia and Hawaii already played each other once at the 2010 Little League World Series, as they were paired up on Saturday, Aug. 21, as the first game that each team played. Georgia won 6-2, but it was a game where Hawaii had numerous chances to score that just came up short. If they can do well off expected pitcher Jacob Pate again on Thursday, they really need to make sure to get hits in the key situations. As for Georgia, they missed some chances of their own, and if both offenses really wake up on Thursday, it could actually turn into a high-scoring affair. Georgia vs. Hawaii begins just after 4 p.m. PST (7 p.m. EST) and will air on ESPN2.