- Associated Press - Sunday, August 24, 2014

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) - In the giddy moments after South Korea won the Little League World Series, outfielder Don Wan Sin realized how he wanted to celebrate.

“I want to go to the Blue House - the White House of Korea - and meet the President,” Sin said, breaking up his teammates.

Just maybe Sin, who scored twice and hit a solo homer, will indeed get his wish to meet Park Geun-hye.

He’s famous back in his homeland - along with all of his teammates.

Jae Yeong Hwang drove in two runs and combined with Hae Chan Choi, who weathered a late Chicago rally, to lead the Asia-Pacific Region champions to an 8-4 win in Sunday’s LLWS championship game.

Hwang, who was removed because he wasn’t feeling well, gave up one hit in two-plus innings while striking out four. He also drove in his team’s first two runs as they built an 8-1 lead before Jackie Robinson West made it close.

“I’m very joyful. It’s a wonderful feeling,” Hwang said. “I don’t know why I’m even here; I didn’t play very good today.”

Choi, who had a homer and scored twice, pitched the last four innings for South Korea, which won its third title after back-to-back championships in 1984 and ‘85.

But even he got a little nervous at the end after Chicago collected four of its six hits and scored three times.

“I knew I could allow some runs,” he said. “After I got the second out, I thought I could do it. But after I gave up the three runs I was (worried).”

International teams have won the last three and four of the last five titles.

Brandon Green went 5 2-3 innings for Chicago, which had survived four straight knockout games before the final.

After the final out, a force play, the Seoul team’s bench emptied and the players dumped cups of water on their teammates near the mound. The players took a victory lap, waving and laughing.

The win meant a lot to the people of South Korea, who had to watch it or get updates in the middle of the night.

“We know the time difference and that a lot of people were cheering for us,” said manager Jong Wook Park. “We appreciate the people back in Korea. I told the kids that in a speech.”

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