Louisiana wins 1st Little League title, beating Curacao 8-0

River Ridge, Louisiana's Egan Prather delivers in the second inning of the Little League World Series Championship game against Curacao in South Williamsport, Pa., Sunday, Aug. 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
River Ridge, Louisiana's Egan Prather delivers in the fifth inning of the Little League World Series Championship game against Curacao in South Williamsport, Pa., Sunday, Aug. 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
River Ridge, Louisiana's Reece Roussel (22) celebrates with Conner Perrot after scoring on a double by Marshall Louque off Curacao pitcher Keven Rosina during the third inning if the Little League World Series Championship game in South Williamsport, Pa., Sunday, Aug. 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
Curacao's Keven Rosina delivers during the second inning of the Little League World Series Championship game against River Ridge, Louisiana, in South Williamsport, Pa., Sunday, Aug. 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
River Ridge, Louisiana's Marshall Louque drives in a run with a double off Curacao pitcher Keven Rosina during the third inning if the Little League World Series Championship game in South Williamsport, Pa., Sunday, Aug. 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
River Ridge, Louisiana's Marshall Louque, top, tags out Curacao's Jurdrick Profar (13) who was trying to dive back to third base during the third inning of the Little League World Series Championship game in South Williamsport, Pa., Sunday, Aug. 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — Louisiana claimed its first Little League World Series title as Marshall Louque hit a pair of doubles and drove in three runs, while pitcher Egan Prather threw a two-hit shutout Sunday to lead a team from River Ridge past Curacao 8-0.

Egan shut down a powerful Curacao lineup, throwing 88 pitches over six innings. His performance in the championship caps off a solid tournament on the mound in which he picked up two victories and struck out 19 batters in 14 1/3 innings.

The offensive breakthrough came in the fifth inning for Louisiana as the club representing the Southwest region scored four runs on four hits to seize control. Reece Roussel smacked an RBI double that was followed by Marshall's RBI single, his third hit of the day.

Curacao threatened in the top of the third, loading the bases with one out. But a sharp ground ball to Marshall at third base resulted in a force-out at the plate and a few pitches later, Jurdrick Profar, the youngest brother of Oakland A's infielder Jurickson Profar, was thrown out trying to score on a wild pitch.

With Louisiana's victory, U.S. teams have won back-to-back Little League crowns for the first time since 2009, when a team from Chula Vista, California, capped off a streak of five straight championships for the United States.

This year, the team from suburban New Orleans fought its way back through the loser's bracket after dropping its first game to Hawaii. Louisiana won six games in eight days, becoming the first team to win the LLWS after losing its first game since the tournament expanded in 2001.

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Tyler King is a journalism student at Penn State University.

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