The common belief around Lamade Stadium on Saturday afternoon was that Hawaii was the team to beat. Louisiana did just that, but it wasn't without a scare. A scoreless pitchers-duel through four innings changed quickly with a five-run fifth and a four-run sixth, as the Boys from the Bayou took a 9-0 lead into the bottom of the sixth.
Hawaii then scored five runs and had the bases loaded with one out and tying run at the plate. That's when Ryder Planchard came in and induced a double play line drive, and the entire state of Louisiana breathed a collective sigh of relief.
William Andrade threw 4 2/3 innings of shutout ball for the winners, while Marshall Louque delivered the big blow with a two-run double off the left field wall. Derek Delatte came in out of the pen to quell a rally in the fifth.
Louisiana will face Curacao tomorrow at 3:00 for the title.