SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — A Profar is back in the Little League World Series, thanks to Curley Martha.
Martha hit a two-run homer to center in the fifth inning and got the final 11 outs as a relief pitcher, helping Curacao beat Japan 5-4 Saturday to advance to the title game.
Jurdrick Profar, the youngest brother of A’s infielder Jurickson Profar, caught all six innings of Saturday’s game and added a double and two runs for Curacao’s Pabao Little League.
Jurickson Profar was part of Curacao’s only Little League World Series title in 2004 and made it to the final the next year. A middle brother, Juremi, played in two LLWS in 2007-08 but neither team advanced to the title game.
Curacao will face U.S. champion River Ridge, La., in Sunday’s final, marking the first time two clubs from the elimination bracket have made the tournament final since the field was expanded to 16 teams in 2001.
Ryder Planchard’s pinch-hit single broke a scoreless tie in the fifth inning, and Louisiana beat Wailuku, Hawaii, 9-5.
River Ridge earned its first championship game appearance, while denying a Hawaii entrant’s chance to defend the title a team from Honolulu won last year.
River Ridge’s Reece Roussel broke the LLWS record for hits in the tournament with his 15th, a two-run single in the sixth.
Little League officials announced Saturday that they’ll expand the tournament from 16 to 20 teams in 2021. The Little League World Series for softball will expand from eight to 12 teams.
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